Be my traveling companion, partner, or honey schnookums: The Lammy Awards!

On Thursday night, some of the best and brightest in glbtq lit celebrated the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. Highlights for me:


Lea DeLaria (pronounced like malaria). The perfect master of ceremonies in all of the ways that really matter.

Emma Donoghue. From the historical fiction of Slammerkin to the literary fiction of Room to the literary history and criticism of Inseparable Lives, she does it all.

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 of the winners are below with links to buy here and tons of great photos here:

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

Lesbian Fiction

Inferno (A Poet’s Novel), by Eileen Myles, OR Books

     *We have got to read this for book club.

 Gay Fiction

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

Lesbian Memoir/Biography (TIE)

Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, by Barbara Hammer, The Feminist Press

Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, by Julie Marie Wade,ColgateUniversityPress   

Gay Memoir/Biography

Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade, byJustinSpring, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

 Lesbian Mystery

Fever of the Bone, by Val McDermid, HarperCollins

 Gay Mystery

Echoes, by David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing

 LGBT Anthology

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman, Seal Press

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

            *The cover alone makes me want to read this one!

LGBT Drama

Oedipus atPalm Springs, by The Five Lesbian Brothers: Maureen Angelos, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, and Lisa Kron, Samuel French, Inc.

LGBT Nonfiction

King Kong Theory, by Virginia Despentes, The Feminist Press

LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror

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   

Bisexual Nonfiction

The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, by Myrlin Hermes, Harper Perennial

Bisexual Nonfiction

Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli,Rowman & Littlefield

Transgender Fiction

Holding Still For as Long as Possible, by Zoe Whittall, House of Anansi Press

Transgender Nonfiction

Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, edited by Noach Dzmura, North Atlantic Books

Lesbian Erotica

Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica, edited by Tristan Taormino, Cleis Press

Gay Erotica

Teleny and Camille, by Jon Macy, Northwest Press

Lesbian Poetry

The Nights Also, by Anna Swanson, Tightrope Books

Gay Poetry

Pleasure, by Brian Teare, Ahsahta Press

Lesbian Romance

RiverWalker, by Cate Culpepper, Bold Strokes Books

Gay Romance

Normal Miguel, by Erik Orrantia,CheyennePress

Congrats to everyone on an awesome night!

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2 Responses to Be my traveling companion, partner, or honey schnookums: The Lammy Awards!

  1. mstiptress says:

    My Gosh Im so behind.. I got a lot of catch up reading to do.. by far the best reading blog I have come across dedicated to Lesbian Lit..

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