Lea DeLaria (pronounced like malaria). The perfect master of ceremonies in all of the ways that really matter.
Val McDermid. The woman has a Gold Dagger. What else needs to be said except I need to read A Place of Execution already!
Jack Halberstam. I’ve had a crush on Jack since an Outwrite conference a decade ago. Check out Female Masculinities.
Edward Albee. I’m still haunted by The Play About the Baby. There are only 2 kinds of playwrights according to Albee, great ones and lousy ones. He is most certainly a great one and the label of “gay playwright” would be a limitation he does not accept for the artist must transcend—”I’m not a gay writer. I’m a writer who happens to be gay.”
Thoughts on that?
Special recognition for gracefully handling a programming snafu (and there were, alas, many of them): photographer Amos Mac
Celebrate with him tonight at Southpaw in honor of the release of the 7th issue of his magazine (great name!), Original Plumbing, documenting the lives of transgender men.
All photos of attenedees by Donna Aceto.
I wish I could say I remember the after party at the Cheim & Read gallery but it was that good! I’ll have to go back to check out the art….
23rd Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners
Inferno (A Poet’s Novel), by Eileen Myles, OR Books
*We have got to read this for book club.
UnionAtlantic, by Adam Haslett, Doubleday
*Haven’t read this but his first story collection, You Are Not a Stranger Here, is one of the best I’ve ever read.
Lesbian Debut Fiction
SubRosa, by Amber Dawn, Arsenal Pulp Press
*Maybe it’s because I’m reading Sappho’s Leap for book club next month but I also really want to read this finalist now, Alcestis by Katharine Beutner (Soho Press, 2010)
Gay Debut Fiction
Bob the Book, by David Pratt, Chelsea Station Editions
Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, by Barbara Hammer, The Feminist Press
Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, by Julie Marie Wade,ColgateUniversityPress
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade, byJustinSpring, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Fever of the Bone, by Val McDermid, HarperCollins
Echoes, by David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman, Seal Press
Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
*The cover alone makes me want to read this one!
Oedipus atPalm Springs, by The Five Lesbian Brothers: Maureen Angelos, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, and Lisa Kron, Samuel French, Inc.
King Kong Theory, by Virginia Despentes, The Feminist Press
Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories, by Sandra McDonald, Lethe Press
LGBT Studies (TIE)
Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism, by Scott Herring,New YorkUniversityPress
Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality, by Gayle Salaman, ColumbiaUniversityPress
The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, by Myrlin Hermes, Harper Perennial
Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli,Rowman & Littlefield
Holding Still For as Long as Possible, by Zoe Whittall, House of Anansi Press
Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, edited by Noach Dzmura, North Atlantic Books
Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica, edited by Tristan Taormino, Cleis Press
Teleny and Camille, by Jon Macy, Northwest Press
The Nights Also, by Anna Swanson, Tightrope Books
Pleasure, by Brian Teare, Ahsahta Press
RiverWalker, by Cate Culpepper, Bold Strokes Books
Normal Miguel, by Erik Orrantia,CheyennePress
Congrats to everyone on an awesome night!