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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Lambda Literary Foundation announces Finalists for the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards, celebrating achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2009.
Eighty-seven booksellers, book reviewers, librarians and authors assessed 462 LGBT-interest titles nominated in 23 categories, selecting 113 finalists from both queer-specific presses and academic and more mainstream publishers. [Full list of 2010 Finalists here.]
“This has been a record year for queer books,” said the 2009 Lambda Awards Administrator, Richard Labonté, who has been associated with the Lammys since their inception in 1989 as a judge and consultant. “The number of titles nominated and the number of publishers represented is in both cases about 10 per cent higher than last year.”
And, for the first time, the single catchall Bisexual category — after reaching a threshold of 10 nominated titles in both fiction and nonfiction – has matured into two distinct categories, Bisexual Fiction and Bisexual Nonfiction.
“In a year of challenge and change for writers and publishers — and for the Foundation — the hundreds of books submitted for nomination illustrate the continuing dynamism of our literature,” said Lambda Foundation Board President Katherine V. Forrest. “This year’s Lambda Literary Award Finalists and the quality of their work speak eloquently to the richness and range of our literature.”
Reflecting the impact of self-publishing and publish-on-demand technology, more titles from non-traditional sources than ever were nominated, and several were selected as finalists, said Labonté. In addition, the Lammy contenders for 2009 continue the tradition of celebrating the best of both the LGBT community’s specifically queer presses, and queer-themed books from academic and more mainstream publishers.
Winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Awards, May 27 in New York at the School of Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street. For tickets and information: www.lambdaliterary.org.
“I’m proud of the extraordinary talent of the writers represented by the Lammy finalists this year,” said Lambda Executive Director Tony Valenzuela. “And to all the readers out there wondering what LGBT books to read next, take a look at this stellar list of nominees – or check out the new reviews that are being posted on the revised and expanded lambdaliterary.org web site — and go shopping. Support our authors and publishers: they are to be congratulated.”
About the Lambda Literary Foundation: The Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. LLF’s programs include: the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, and our website, www.LambdaLiterary.org.
Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director
Lambda Literary Foundation
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2009 Lambda Awards Administrator