Winners of Lambda Literary Awards Announced

Wall Street Journal, USA
SPEAKEASY
June 4, 2013 By Kenneth M. Walsh

The recipients of the 25th annual Lambda Literary Awards were
announced last night at the Great Hall at Cooper Union. The “Lammys,”
as they are known, recognize excellence in LGBT literature.

In addition to awards for a variety of categories ranging from general
fiction/nonfiction and memoir/biography to erotica and poetry, special
awards were given to Augusten Burroughs, John Irving and Cherrie
Moraga.

Burroughs, author of numerous memoirs including “Running With
Scissors” and “Dry,” received the Award for Excellence in Literature.
In presenting the prize, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni said of
Burroughs: “There are memoirs but then there are people who redefined
them.’ Adding, “He’s not just a talented man, he’s a freakishly
talented one.”

John Irving, author of “The World According to Garp” and “A Prayer for
Owen Meany,” was presented the Bridge Builder Award by the writer
Edmund White. Later in the evening, Irving took home the Lammy for
best bisexual fiction for his 2012 work, “In One Person.”

Cherrie Moraga, a writer, feminist, activist, poet, essayist and
playwright, received the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award.
In her acceptance speech, Moraga said she didn’t like the name of the
award because of its association with this country’s past, and asked
if she might be “so audacious” as to rename it the “Vanguard award.”

Grammy-award- winning singer/songwriter Janis Ian provided the night’s
entertainment, with a stirring rendition of her groundbreaking 1975
hit, “At Seventeen,” and host Kate Clinton kept the audience laughing
most of the night.

The foundation’s executive director, Tony Valenzuela, rounded out the
evening by saying: “I’ve never been more proud of our community of
writers. I can’t wait to see what the next 25 years brings.”

The full list of winners:

25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners

Bisexual (2 winners; 1 fiction, 1 nonfiction)

In One Person, John Irving, Simon & Schuster

My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature

Gay General Fiction

Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, Benjamin Alire Saenz,
Cinco Puntos Press

Gay Memoir/Biography

Fire in the Belly, Cynthia Carr, Bloomsbury

Gay Mystery

Lake on the Mountain: A Dan Sharp Mystery, Jeffrey Round, Dundurn

Gay Poetry

He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, Stephen S. Mills, Sibling Rivalry Press

Gay Romance

Kamikaze Boys, Jay Bell, Jay Bell Books

Gay Erotica

The Facialist, Mykola Dementiuk, JMS Books

Lesbian General Fiction

The World We Found: A Novel, Thrity Umrigar, HarperCollins Publishers/Harper

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson, Grove/Atlantic

Lesbian Mystery

Ill Will, J.M. Redmann, Bold Strokes Books

Lesbian Poetry

Sea and Fog, Etel Adnan, Nightboat Books

Lesbian Romance

Month of Sundays, Yolanda Wallace, Bold Strokes Books

Lesbian Erotica

The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica, D.L. King, Cleis Press

LGBT Anthology

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Justin Hall – Editor,
Fantagraphics Books

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin
Alire Saenz, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

LGBT Debut Fiction

The Summer We Got Free, Mia McKenzie, BGD Press

LGBT Drama

The Myopia and Other Plays by David Greenspan, Marc Robinson,
University of Michigan Press

LGBT Nonfiction

Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, Dale Carpenter, W.
W. Norton & Company

LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/ Horror

Green Thumb, Tom Cardamone, Lethe Press

LGBT Studies

Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics, Ramón H.
Rivera-Servera, University of Michigan Press

Transgender Fiction

The Collection: Short Fiction From The Transgender Vanguard, Edited by
Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod, Topside Press

Transgender Nonfiction

Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender
Studies, edited by Finn Enke, Temple University Press

Dr. James Duggins Mid-Career Novelist Prize

Nicola Griffith

Trebor Healey

Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Awards

Sassafras Lowrey

Carter Sickels

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