July 23, 2014

The 26th Annual Lammy Winners

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26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced

Alison Bechdel and Kate Bornstein Honored

Special Performance Given by Justin Vivian Bond

New York, NY, June 2nd, 2014- The winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) were announced last night in a gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at The Great Hall at Cooper Union. It occurred on the heels of BookExpo America, the book publishing industry’s largest annual gathering of booksellers, publishers, authors, and readers. The Lambda ceremony brought together over 500 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature and 26 years of the groundbreaking literary awards. Obie Award-winning performance artist and past Lambda Award winner Justin Vivian Bond graced the ceremony with a special “half-time” performance. The celebration continued at the VIP After-Party hosted by Scholastic at the Scholastic Greenhouse & Terrace with DJ Sean McMahill.

The ceremony opened with a powerful montage of video clips from the “What LGBTQI Book Changed Your Life” campaign, a project conducted in conjunction with the Lammys to recognize LGBT literature of all types, from poetry to erotica, that has influenced millions of readers. As master of ceremonies for the third consecutive year, Clinton treated the audience to her signature brand of topical, political comedy. She kept the audience laughing with lines like “Happy Pride Month, the month formerly known as June,” and “I’m happy about the new pope. He’s our first Christian one.”

Cartoonist Justin Hall, award-winning creator of the series True Travel Tales in presenting the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Literature to Alison Bechdel said that her body of work from her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For to graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother? solidify her unique place in the comic book cannon. Bechdel gave a funny and moving acceptance speech filled with memories from when she won her first Lammy in 1991.

Appropriately, Bechdel presented the first award for the new category of best LGBT Graphic Novel to Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges.

Kate Bornstein was presented the Pioneer Award by her life partner, Barbara Carrellas who said that when people are asked what Kate Bornstein means to them, “the overwhelming answer is ‘Kate Bornstein saved my life.’” Bornstein’s call to action to stop the history of shaming with regard to sex and gender brought the audience to a standing ovation.

Michael Thomas Ford and Radclyffe were awarded with the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize and Imogen Binnie and Charles Rice-Gonzalez were presented with the Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award.

Justin Vivian Bond provided the “half-time” entertainment with three songs from ve’s recent show, “The Drift,” all of which were inspired by classic literature.

“Throughout the beautiful ceremony, we were reminded of the meaningfulness of LGBT literature and writers in our lives,” said Tony Valenzuela, Lambda Literary Foundation Executive Director.  “Congratulations to all the winners and honorees.”

Once again, the stage glittered with a stellar roster of presenters from the worlds of film, television, theatre, politics, religion, sex, and, of course, literature. Just some of the presenters who graced the stage were: Mike Albo, Henry Alford, Hilton Als, Masha Gessen, A.M. Homes, Sassafras Lowrey, David Mixner, Pauline Park, Seth Rudetsky, Ira Silverberg and Urvashi Vaid.

26th ANNUAL LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNERS

 

GAY GENERAL FICTION

LESBIAN GENERAL FICTION

LGBT DEBUT

BISEXUAL FICTION

TRANSGENDER FICTION

LGBT NONFICTION

TRANSGENDER NONFICTION

BISEXUAL NONFICTION

GAY POETRY

LESBIAN POETRY

LGBT GRAPHIC NOVEL

LGBT CHILDREN’S/YA – TIE

GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

GAY MYSTERY

LESBIAN MYSTERY

GAY ROMANCE

LESBIAN ROMANCE

GAY EROTICA

LESBIAN EROTICA

LGBT ANTHOLOGY

LGBT DRAMA

LGBT SF/F/HORROR

LGBT STUDIES

PHOTOS OF THE 26TH ANNUAL LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS

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More photos will be uploaded throughout the week

(Photography: Brian Sargent)

2014 New York City Host Committee Members  

Melanie La Rosa, David McConnell & Don Weise, Co-Chairs 

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

Kevin Alger · John Bateman · Brad Boles · Kevin Brannon · Jamie Brickhouse · Michael Carroll · Paul Dierkes · Dick Donahue · Michael Fauver · Paul Florez · David Gale · Antonio Gonzalez · Tal Goretsky · David Groff · William Johnson · Karl Jones · Mario Lopez-Cordero · Dan Manjovi · Bill Miller · Jay Moore · Jerome Murphy · Nick Nicholson · Angelo Nikolopoulos · Julia Pastore

Lori Perkins · Patrick Ryan · Eddie Sarfaty · Liz Scheier · Bob Smith

Jerl Surratt · Martin Wilson · Jennifer Zivic

Individual Underwriters

Kevin Alger · Susan Atkins · Bill Cohen · John Faubion & Warren Thomas · Charles Dell Hamm · Wetherby Asset Management/Karen Leach · S. Chris Shirley · Jan Zivic

Lambda Literary Foundation Board of Trustees

S. Chris Shirley, President ·  Susan Atkins, Vice-President 

J. Michael Samuel, Treasurer ·  Sue Greer, Secretary  Edward Feighan, Sandra Nathan, Denise Penn, John Rochester, Amy Scholder, Jan Zivic

Ceremony Sponsors

President’s Circle: Scholastic·  Benefactor: Ketel One Vodka Patron: American Institute of Bisexuality · Barnes & Noble · Barefoot Wine & Bubbly · Harper Perennial · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt · Macy’s · Penguin Random House Mentor: Chronicle Books· Cleis Press · Riptide Publishing · Samhain Publishing Friend: Arsenal Pulp Press· Bywater Books · Circlet Press · Farrar, Straus and Giroux ·  The Feminist Press· Hachette Book Group · Kensington Publishing · Publication Studio · Riverdale Avenue Books/Magnus Books · Seal Press · Simon & Schuster ·Gift Bag: Galison · Harper Collines · Penguin Random House · Scholastic ·Sugar Sketch · Wolfe Video

 

William Johnson is the online editor of Lambda Literary.

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7 Responses to “The 26th Annual Lammy Winners”

  1. NuWine Press 30 May 2012 at 6:12 AM #

    Lots of great finalists here – sorry our book didn’t make it – what with President Obama’s recent “evolution” regarding gay marriage and the further attempts to wedge Christians against gays against African-Americns, I think the poetry of RAW: A Poetic Journey – Finding a Way from Conflict to Revelation would have made a great finalist … Our best to all the contenders – from NuWine Press: The All-Inclusive and LGBT-Affirming Voice of Independent Christian Publishing

  2. stephen myrick 9 July 2013 at 6:23 PM #

    where do i get information on attending your new writer’s retreat…..qualifications….cost etc. thank u
    sm

    • William Johnson 9 July 2013 at 6:55 PM #

      The information regarding our 2014 retreat will be posted later in the year…Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on the next retreat.

  3. Ronald Palmer 23 March 2014 at 12:09 AM #

    Thank you Tony & the Lambda committee. I’m so honored to be among this year’s nominees in debut fiction. So happy and grateful.

  4. susie bright 4 June 2014 at 1:33 PM #

    It was so hard to miss this year’s event! Congrats to everyone… see you in 2015!

    Susie


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