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9th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

9th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Author: Antonio Gonzalez Cerna

July 14, 1997


  • WINNER: Women on Women 3 edited by Joan Nestle & Naomi Holoch (Plume)
  • Go the Way Your Blood Beats edited by Shawn Stewart Ruff (Owl)
  • Men on Men 6 edited by David Bergman (Plume)
  • Night Bites edited by Victoria Brownworth (Seal)
  • Shade edited by Bruce Morrow & Charles H. Rowell (Avon)


  • WINNER: Taking Liberties edited by Michael Bronski (Masquerade)
  • Beyond Queer edited by Bruce Bawer (Free)
  • Boys Like Us edited by Patrick Merla (Avon)
  • Generation Q edited by Robin Bernstein & Seth Clark Silberman (Alyson)
  • Off the Rag edited by Lee Lynch & Akia Woods (New Victoria)

Children’s/Young Adult

  • WINNER: Good Moon Rising by Nancy Garden (FSG)
  • Daddy’s Wedding by Michael Willhoite (Alyson Publications)
  • Free Your Mind by Ellen Bass & Kate Kaufman (HarperPerennial)
  • My Dad Has HIV by Alexander, Rudin & Sejkora (Fairview Press)
  • The World Out There by Michael Thomas Ford (The New Press)


  • WINNER: Split Britches edited by Sue-Ellen Case (Routledge)
  • Acting=Life by Michael Kearns (Heinemann)
  • Amazon All-Stars edited by Rosemary Keefe Curb (Applause)
  • Clit Notes by Holly Hughes (Grove)
  • Three Plays by Crowley by Mart Crowley (Alyson)

Editors’ Choice

  • Tennessee Williams’ Letters to Donald Windham, 1940-1965 edited by Donald Windham (University of Georgia)

Gay Men’s Biography/Autobiography

  • WINNER: Geography of the Heart by Fenton Johnson (Scribner)
  • Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty (HarperCollins)
  • Lush Life by David Hadju (FSG)
  • Spells of a Voodoo Doll by Assotto Saint (Masquerade)
  • Truth Serum by Bernard Cooper (Houghton Mifflin)

Gay Men’s Fiction

  • WINNER: Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadural (William Morrow)
  • Beauty of Men by Andrew Holleran (William Morrow)
  • Iowa by Patrick Moore (Hard Candy)
  • Law of Enclosures by Dale Peck (FSG)
  • Pagan’s Father by Michael Arditti (SoHo)

Gay Men’s Mystery

  • WINNER: Death of Friends by Michael Nava (Putnam)
  • Murder on the Appian Way by Steven Saylor (St. Martin’s)
  • Simple Justice by John Morgan Wilson (Doubleday)
  • Time to Check Out by Grant Michaels (St. Martin’s)
  • Tribe by R.D. Zimmerman (Dell)

Gay Men’s Poetry

  • WINNER: What the Body Told by Rafael Campo (Duke)
  • Anesthesia by Kenny Fries (Advocado)
  • Angel, Interrupted by Reginald Sheperd (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Eros in Boystown edited by Michael Lassell (Crown)
  • My Night With Federico Garcia Lorca by Jaime Marique (Painted Leaf)

Gay Men’s Studies

  • WINNER: Boys Like Us edited by Patrick Merla (Avon)
  • Cracks in the Iron Closet by David Tuller (Faber & Faber)
  • Farm Boys edited by Will Fellows (University of Wisconsin)
  • One More River to Cross by Keith Boykin (Anchor)
  • Radically Gay edited by Harry Hay and Will Roscoe (Beacon)


  • WINNER: Homo Handbook by Judy Carter (Fireside)
  • History of Lesbian Hair by Mary Dugger (Doubleday)
  • Kurt Cobain & Mozart are Both Dead by Tim Barela (Palliard)
  • Lesbianism Made Easy by Helen Eisenbach (Crown)
  • So You Want to be a Lesbian? by Liz Tracey & Sydney Pokorny (St. Martin’s)

Lesbian Biography/Autobiography

  • WINNER: Life in a Day by Doris Grumbach (Beacon)
  • Accidental Activist by Candace Gingrich (Scribner)
  • Eva Le Gallienne by Helen Sheehy (Knopf)
  • Coming Home to America by Torie Osborn (St. Martin’s)
  • The White Blackbird by Honor Moore (Viking)

Lesbian Fiction

  • WINNER: Memory Mambo by Achy Obejas (Cleis)
  • If You Had a Family by Barbara Wilson (Seal)
  • Seven Moves by Carol Anshaw (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Toward Amnesia by Sarah Van Arsdale (Riverhead)
  • What Keeps Me Here by Rebecca Brown (HarperCollins)

Lesbian Mystery

  • WINNER: Robber’s Wine by Ellen Hart (Seal)
  • Baby, It’s Cold by Jaye Maiman (Naiad)
  • Final Take by Jackie Manthorne (Gynergy)
  • Inner Circle by Claire McNab (Naiad)
  • Liberty Square by Katherine V. Forrest (Berkley)

Lesbian Poetry

  • WINNER (Tie): All-American Girl by Robin Becker (University of Pittsburgh)
  • WINNER (Tie): Furious Cooking by Maureen Seaton (University of Iowa)
  • Arc of Love edited by Clare Coss (Scribner)
  • Home in Three Days. Don’t Wash. by Linda Smukler (Hard)
  • Shift by Jeredith Merrin (University of Chicago)

Lesbian Studies

  • WINNER: Love Between Women by Bernadette J. Brooten (University of Chicago)
  • Girls Next Door by Lindsay Van Gelder & Pamela Brandt (Simon & Schuster)
  • Sappho and the Virgin Mary by Ruth Vanita (Columbia University)
  • Surface Tension edited by Meg Daly (Touchstone)
  • Too Queer by Victoria A. Brownworth (Firebrand)

Photography/Visual Arts

  • WINNER: Nothing But the Girl by Susie Bright & Jill Posener (Cassell)
  • Body Alchemy by Loren Cameron (Cleis)
  • Derek Jarman’s Garden by Derek Jarman (Overlook)
  • Gay by the Bay by Susan Stryker & Jim Van Buskirk (Chronicle)
  • Sunnybrook by Persimmon Blackbridge (Press Gang)

Pioneer Award

  • Helaine Harris, Daedalus Books

Publisher’s Service Award

  • Norman Laurila, A Different Light Bookstores

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • WINNER: Sacrament by Clive Barker (HarperCollins)
  • Godmother Night by Rachel Pollack (St. Martin’s)
  • Sons of Darkness edited by Michael Rowe & Thomas S. Roche (Cleis)
  • Swords of the Rainbow edited by Eric Garber & Jewelle Gomez (Alyson)
  • Women Who Run With Werewolves edited by Pam Keesey (Cleis)

Small Press

  • WINNER: Body Alchemy by Loren Cameron (Cleis)
  • Lesbian Polyfidelity by Celeste West (Booklegger)
  • Mythomania by Bernard Welt (Art.issues)
  • Shit of God by Diamanda Galas (Serpent’s Tale/High Risk)
  • Too Queer by Victoria A. Brownworth (Firebrand)


  • WINNER: The Good Book by Peter Gomes (William Morrow)
  • Congregations in Conflict by Keith Hartman (Rutgers University)
  • Journeys & Arrivals by Lev Raphael (Faber & Faber)
  • The Preacher’s Son by Marc Adams (Window Books)
  • We Were Baptized Too by Marilyn Alexander & James Preston (Westminster/John Knox)


  • WINNER: Body Alchemy by Loren Cameron (Cleis)
  • Gender Shock by Phyllis Burke (Anchor)
  • Honey, Honey Miss Thang by Leon E. Pettiway (Temple University)
  • Lieutenant Nun by Catalina de Erauso (Beacon)
  • Transgender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg (Beacon)
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About: Antonio Gonzalez Cerna

Antonio Gonzalez Cerna is the editor of and the former web producer for and His publishing background includes marketing and publicity positions with The Penguin Press, Riverhead, Berkley, NAL, DAW and Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books). Email | Facebook | Twitter

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