The Lambda Literary Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s trio of major award recipients: Augusten Burroughs will receive the Foundation’s Trustee Award, John Irving will receive the Bridge Builder Award, and Cherríe Moraga will receive the Pioneer Award. They will be honored, along with dozens of writers chosen from the list of extensive nominees, at the 25thAnnual Lambda Literary Awards (“Lammys”) ceremony to be hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton on Monday, June 3rd in New York City at The Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 East 7th St @ 3rd Ave, New York City). Immediately following the ceremony will be a private After-Party at The Sky Room of the New Museum (235 Bowery, New York City). The Lammys bring together over 400 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature, making it the most glamorous and prestigious LGBT literary event in the country.

The three outstanding honorees will be featured prominently during the ceremony. Augusten Burroughs has published three essay collections and three memoirs, including Dry, about his experience as an alcoholic trying to get sober in Manhattan, and Running With Scissors, a memoir about his unconventional childhood, which became a publishing phenomenon, remaining at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three consecutive years. John Irving’s novels, including his 1980 National Book Award winner, The World According to Garp, are translated into thirty-five languages, and he has had ten international bestsellers. In 2000, Irving won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In One Person is John Irving’s latest novel, which is also nominated for a Lammy Award this year. Cherríe Moraga is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (with the late Gloria Anzaldúa). Her most recent collection of writings, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings 2000 – 2010, was published by Duke University Press in 2011. Moraga’s publications and plays have received national recognition, including the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature and American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an Artist in Residence in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity program at Stanford University.

“The works by this year’s special honorees have brought us memorable characters, radical ideas, and have been profoundly influential,” says LLF Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “Their contributions are original and leave an enduring mark on our literature.”

Previous Lammy finalist and 2010 Pioneer Award recipient, Kate Clinton, will infuse the gala celebration with her brand of topical, political comedy.

Legendary songwriter, performer, and author Janis Ian, who has 9 Grammy nominations to date, will perform at the ceremony. Ian won a Grammy in 2011 for Best Spoken Word Album. Her songs “At 17” and “Society’s Child” are in the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Once again, The Lammys will raise the bar for glamour with its dazzling roster of presenters from the worlds of film, television, theatre, politics, religion, sex, and, of course, literature. Gracing the stage will be: Ingrid Abrams, Children’s Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library; Susan Atkins, Lambda Literary Foundation Board Member and Board Chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund; Justin Vivian Bond, author and Tony-nominated cabaret performer; Frank Bruni, the first openly gay op-ed columnist of The New York Times, and bestselling author; Nick Burd, acclaimed young adult author; Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor; Kathleen DeBold, activist and Lambda Literary Awards Administrator; Stacey D’Erasmo, novelist and literary critic; David France, journalist and documentary filmmaker; Deborah Gregory, television producer and award-winning author; Nina Hartley, legendary adult film actress and feminist sex educator; Karla Jay, lesbian activist historian; Randy Jones, pop star and original cowboy of The Village People; James Lecesne, actor, writer and Academy Award winning short filmmaker; Deacon MacCubbin & Jim Bennett, founders of Lambda Rising Bookstore and of the Lambda Literary Foundation; Keith Price, stand-up comic and Sirius OUT Z radio personality; Mike Ruiz, celebrity photographer; George Slowick, President of Publishers Weekly; Peter Staley, AIDS and gay rights activist, founder of; Kim Stolz, fashion model, television personality, and financial executive; Edmund White, award-winning novelist and memoirist; Riki Anne Wilchins, groundbreaking transgender activist; and Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning young adult author.

 25th Annual Lambda Literary AwardsMonday, June 3, 2013 · New York CityHonoring  Augusten Burroughs, John Irving & Cherrie MoragaMaster of Ceremonies Kate Clinton

A special performance by

Janis Ian, photo by Peter Cunningham  

Janis Ian

Special Guests Include 

Justin Vivian Bond · Frank Bruni 

· Jonathan Capehart


Stacey D’Erasmo · David France · Deborah Gregory · Nina Hartley

Amber Hollibaugh · Karla Jay ·  Randy Jones · Carole Radziwill
Mike Ruiz · Peter Staley · Kim Stolz

Edmund White · Riki Anne Wilchins · Jacqueline Woodson


Directed by Charles Rice-Gonzalez  



Join us at the most glamorous LGBT literary event in the country. Over 400 attendees,

sponsors, and celebrities will come together to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature.   

Read the full press release here.

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5:30pm Cocktail Reception      7:00pm Awards Ceremony

The Great Hall at Cooper Union

7 East 7th St @ 3rd Avenue

New York City

9:30 pm VIP After Party at

The Sky Room at the New Museum

235 Bowery

New York City

VIP After-Party Celebrity DJ

Honey Dijon

Honey Dijon

What more can be said about the fabulous Honey Dijon. She has rightly taken her place in the music world and one of the most exciting and unique talents today with her innovative and unique sound. She also boasts some impressive accolades from some of the biggest names in dance music from Danny Tenaglia to Derrick Carter.

Based in NYC, born and bred in the Windy City, Honey is known for her unique take on the Chicago sound with inflections of the deep New York underground. In fact, Honey is one of the few dj’s in recent years to defy pigeon-holing. She draws from a wide repertoire of musical styles from old school Chicago House, disco, tech house, tribal, funk, soul, and R& B. She has graced the tables from Ministry of Sound London to Ushuaia Ibiza, Panorama Bar Berlin, Stereo Montreal and everywhere in between. She has also shared the decks with none other Danny Tenaglia, Derrick Carter, Green Velvet, The Martinez Brothers, Satoshi Tomiie, and Quentin Harris.

Honey is also entering one of the most prolific times in her career not only as a DJ, but as a producer as well.

2013 New York City Host Committee Members:   

S. Chris Shirley, Co-Chair · Don Weise, Co-Chair 

Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Ceremony Director ·  Jason Wells, Publicity Chair

Gabriel Amor · Anne Austin · John Bateman · Brad Boles · Jamie Brickhouse · Paul Dierkes

Dick Donahue · David Gale · Antonio Gonzalez · Tal Goretsky · Wayne Hoffman · Karl Jones

Dean Klingler · Melanie La Rosa · Mario Lopez-Cordero · Dan Manjovi · David McConnell

Bill Miller · Jay Moore · Nick Nicholson · Angelo Nikolopoulos · Julia Pastore · Lori Perkins

Jay Plum · Patrick Ryan · Eddie Sarfaty · Liz Scheier · Bob Smith · Jerl Surratt · Martin Wilson


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Please note all tickets are non-refundable. Lambda Literary is

a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a portion of each ticket is tax deductible.

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