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Three-time Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Edward Albee &
Award-Winning Crime Writer Val McDermid to be Honored at
23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards
Comedienne Lea DeLaria to Host Stellar Line up of Presenters
Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee and Gold Dagger Award-winning crime fiction writer Val McDermid will be special honorees at the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony to be hosted by comedienne Lea DeLaria on Thursday, May 26 in New York City at the School of Visual Arts Theater. Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally will introduce Albee, and pioneering lesbian mystery writer Katherine V. Forrest will introduce McDermid.
Historically one of the most glamorous LGBT literary events in the country, this ceremony brings together over 400 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature.
“At this year’s ceremony, the Foundation has the incredible honor of bestowing its Pioneer Awards on the greatest living playwright of our time, Edward Albee, and on one of our great crime writers, Val McDermid, who will be coming to New York all the way from her home in the U.K.,” says LLF Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “Lambda’s Pioneer Awards are important because they pay tribute to those who, through their considerable achievements and passionate commitment, have contributed to our literary community in significant and tangible ways.”
The Lambda Awards glamour quotient will reach a new high with this year’s stellar roster of presenters who represent a diverse cross section from the worlds of film, television, theatre, politics, religion, sex, and of course literature. Gracing the stage will be film and television actress Stefanie Powers, former New Jersey Governor and Episcopal priest in training Jim McGreevey, comedienne Kate Clinton, transgender photographer Amos Mac, feminist porn actress and director Tristan Taormino, former speech writer for Billy Graham Mel White, Mr. Gay USA Eddie Rabon, and female beauty queen Claire Buffie, Miss New York. (See below for the complete list of presenters and award finalists.)
Immediately following the awards ceremony will be a VIP after-party at Chelsea’s Cheim & Read, the legendary art gallery that has exhibited Robert Mapplethorpe, Don Barchardy, and Diane Arbus. Louise Burgeois: The Fabric Works will currently be on exhibit. The performance troop Unitard (Mike Alboof the Underminer, Nora Burns, of the Nellie Olesons, and David Ilku, of the Dueling Bankheads) will provide their twisted and sardonic brand of entertainment.
“Everyone’s talking about Terrence McNally presenting a Pioneer Award to Edward Albee, but wait until they see Stefanie Powers present Best Gay Fiction wearing Alexander McQueen,” says Chris Shirley, New York City Host Committee Co-Chair. “Our host, Lea DeLaria is a riot, and where else can you see Miss New York and Mr. Gay USA walk the red carpet then appear on the same stage? For the safety of our audience members, we may install seatbelts.”
“RÖKK Vodka is thrilled to partner with the Lambda Literary Awards this year, working alongside such a prestigious organization that shares RÖKK Vodka’s passion for creativity and inclusivity,” says Adam Rosen, Brand Director, RÖKK Vodka. “We congratulate all the nominees and cannot wait to share a responsible celebratory toast with some of the world’s leading LGBT literary minds.”
Alex Sánchez, Mexican-American author of award-winning novels for teens and adults, and
Susan Stinson, winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award in Fiction, will receive the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prizes, and the University of Wisconsin Press will receive a special Publisher’s Service Award.
Sponsors of the event include: RÖKK Vodka, Harper Perennial (all at Benefactor level); Kensington Publishing (Patron level); Northwest Press (Mentor level); Cleis Press, Blind Eye Books, Arsenal Pulp Press, Seal Press, Bywater Books, The American Institute of Bisexuality, Rainbow Book Fair (all at Friend level); and FLUX Books (Gift Bag level).
Event and Ticket Information:
The 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony will be held Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City (333 W. 23rd St), followed by a private after-party at Cheim & Read art gallery. Tickets for the Lambda Literary Award ceremony and After-Party can be purchased via www.lambdaliterary.org/awards.
LGBT Anthologies: Presented by Justin Torres & Rhiannon Argo
LGBT Children’s/Young Adult: Presented by Andrew Tobias
LGBT Drama: Presented by Michael J. Burg
LGBT Nonfiction: Presented by Kevin Sessums
LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror: Presented by Samuel R. Delany
LGBT Studies: Presented by Jack Halberstam
Bisexual Fiction: Presented by Tristan Taormino
Bisexual Nonfiction: Presented by Tristan Taormino
Transgender Fiction: Presented by Amos Mac
Transgender Nonfiction: Presented by Amos Mac
Lesbian Debut Fiction: Presented by Terry DeCrescenzo
Gay Debut Fiction: Presented by Terry DeCrescenzo
Lesbian Erotica: Presented by Staceyann Chin
Gay Erotica: Presented by Eddie Rabbon, Mr. Gay USA
Lesbian Fiction: Presented by Emma Donoghue
Gay Fiction: Presented by Stefanie Powers
Lesbian Memoir/Biography: Presented by Kate Clinton
Gay Memoir/Biography: Presented by Jim McGreevey
Lesbian Mystery: Presented by Irene Monroe
Gay Mystery: Presented by David Mixner
Lesbian Poetry: Presented by Eileen Miles
Gay Poetry: Presented by Tom Healy
Lesbian Romance: Presented by Claire Buffie, Miss New York
Gay Romance: Presented by Mel White
Honorary Host Committee
New York Host Committee
David McConnell – Co-Chair
Don Weise – Co-Chair
S. Chris Shirley – Co-Chair
Heather Aimee O’Neill
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 web magazine atwww.lambdaliterary.org.