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UPDATED: This week on the PW blog, Josh Jasper gives a nice shout out to Lambda-Award winner Catherynne M. Valente on her skyrocketing success over the past few weeks with a nice mention of Lambda Literary as well. Valente is the first author to be nominated for both a Lambda and a Hugo Award. She won a Lambda Award last week in New York. The last author to have that recognition was Maureen F Mchugh in 1993 for China Mountain Zhang.
Moving on to the Lambda awards, Palimpsest was a great choice. Most of the previous Lambda SF/F winners have been for books primarily featuring gay or lesbian characters, and it’s heartening to see that the Lambda judges (who this year, in full disclosure, included Genreville’s own Rose Fox) took this opportunity to reward a book with bisexual protagonists.
The week before the Awards Brit Mondelo gushed about Valente’s Palimpsest and Lambda’s decision to nominate her book. She writes:
The fluidity of sex and relationships in Palimpsest is another thing that makes it my choice for winner—it’s not about being gay, or straight, it’s about the places sex occupies for people and the purposes it can serve, as well as the drastic negatives that result from tangling your lives together, erotically and otherwise.
You can’t pay for coverage like that.
Read the full post on Tor.com.
We’re so happy at Valente’s success with reviewers and prize-granting organizations alike. And thank you Rose Fox for the corrections! We appreciate your careful eye.