Last week the Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) medalists were announced and Bold Strokes Books received 4 awards. The Independent Publisher Book Awards, launched in 1996, were designed to bring increased recognition to titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, the “IPPYs”  received 3150 titles entered in 61 categories. Books are judged by booksellers, librarians, and other industry professionals. Medalists will be honored at a gala awards ceremony in New York on May 25th during BEA. The LGBT winners after the jump.



Gold: The Manly Art of Seduction: How to Meet, Talk to, and Become Intimate with Anyone, by Perry Brass (Belhue Press)

Silver: All Screwed Up, by Steve Fellner (Benu Press) [Our review here]

Bronze: Merv Griffin, A Life in the Closet, by Darwin Porter (Blood Moon Productions)


Gold: So Much Better, by Terri Griffin (The Green Lantern Press)

Silver: Secrets in the Stone, by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books, Inc.)

Bronze: Sistine Heresy, by Justine Saracen (Bold Strokes Books, Inc.)


Gold (tie): Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories, Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Cleis Press) and Sweet Love: Erotic Fantasies for Couples, Edited by Violet Blue (Cleis Press)*

Silver: Radical Encounters, by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books, Inc.)


Silver: Breaking the Ice, by Kim Baldwin (Bold Strokes Books, Inc.)


*Technically these books are “straight” but we wanted to give a shout out to our friends at Cleis Press.

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