Publisher Bold Strokes Books announced today that author Lee Lynch will receive the James Duggins Mid-Career Author Award, which honors LGBT mid-career novelists “of extraordinary talent and service to the LGBT community,” at the 8th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans, May 13-16, 2010. Recipients of the award receive a cash prize of $5,000. Joy Parks reviewed Lynch’s most recent novel Beggar of Love earlier this year. Noel Alumit’s novel Letters to Montgomery Clift (MacAdam/Cage) was nominated for a Lammy Award in 2002.


Lee Lynch has been writing as an out lesbian since her work appeared in The Ladder in the 1960s.The most recent of her 14 books, Sweet Creek nd Beggar of Love, were published by Bold Strokes Books. Her short stories can be found inRomantic Interludes and at Her reviews and feature articles have been featured in The Lambda Book ReportThe Advocate, and many other publications. Lynch’s syndicated column, “The Amazon Trail,” has run nationally since 1986. She is a recipient of the Golden Crown Literary Society Trailblazer Award, the Alice B. Reader Award for Lesbian Fiction and was honored with induction into the Saints and Sinners Literary Hall of Fame in 2006.

Noel Alumit’s novels are Letters to Montgomery Clift and Talking to the Moon. He has won the Stonewall Book Award, the Violet Quill Award, and the Global Filipino Literary Award. He was nominated for others including the PEN Center USA West Literary Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Southern California Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. His theatre pieces include Mr. and Mrs. La Questa Go DancingThe Rice Room: Scenes from a Bar, andMaster of the (miss) Universe. The San Francisco Bay Guardian named The Rice Room one of the best solo productions of the year. Master of the (miss) Universe was named ‚ÄúBest Bet‚Äù by the Los Angeles Times. His writing has been published in Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing; Take Out, Queer Writing from Asian Pacific AmericaDisOrient; the Asian Pacific American Journal50 Gay and Lesbian Books Everybody Must ReadUSA TodayThe AdvocateFrontiers MagazineFilipinasA&U,America‚Äôs AIDS Magazine and others. Noel also curates an LGBT reading series at Skylight Books in Los Angeles. He has spent 20 years doing AIDS work and sits on the steering committee for Asian Pacific Islander Equality-LA, a marriage equality organization.

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