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10th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

10th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Author: Antonio Gonzalez Cerna

July 14, 1998


  • WINNER: His(2) edited by Robert Drake with Terry Wolverton (Faber & Faber)
  • Best American Gay Fiction 2 edited by Brian Bouldrey (Little, Brown)
  • Best Lesbian Erotica 1997 edited by Tristan Taormino (Cleis)
  • Jo’s Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, True Grit, and Real Life edited by Christian McEwen (Beacon)
  • The Mammoth Book of Gay Short Stories edited by Peter Burton (Carroll & Graf)


  • WINNER: Queers in Space: Communities, Public Places, Sites of Resistance edited by Gordon Brent Ingram, AnneMarie Bouthillette, and Yolanda Retter (Bay)
  • PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality edited by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel (Cleis)
  • My Dear Boy: Gay Love Letters Through the Centuries edited by Rictor Norton (Leyland)
  • Lesbians Raising Sons edited by Jess Wells (Alyson)
  • Gay Men at the Millennium edited by Michel Lowenthal (Tarcher/Putnam)

Children’s/Young Adult

  • WINNER: The House You Pass On the Way by Jacqueline Woodson (Delacorte)
  • The Shared Heart by Adam Mastoon (William Morrow)
  • Amy Asks a Question: Grandma, What’s a Lesbian? by Jeanne Arnold (Mother Courage)
  • Blue Coyote by Liza Ketchum (Simon & Schuster)
  • Sanctuary: a Tale of Life in the Woods by Paul Monette (Scribner)


  • WINNER: Gross Indecency: the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman (Vintage)
  • Monsters in the Closet edited by Harry M. Benshoff (Manchester University)
  • Three Plays by Mae West by Lillian Schlissel (Routledge)
  • Porcelain & A Language of Their Own edited by Chay Yew (Grove)
  • Rent by Jonathan Larson (Rob Weisbach)

Editor’s Choice

  • Billy’s Boy by Patricia Nell Warren (Wildcat)

Gay Men’s Biography/Autobiography

  • WINNER: The Poetry of Healing by Rafael Campo (W.W. Norton)
  • A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay by Felice Picano (Faber & Faber)
  • Track Conditions by Michael Klein (Persea)
  • Gay Body: a Journey Through Shadow to Self by Mark Thompson (St. Martin’s)
  • Walt Whitman: a Gay Life by Gary Schmidgall (Dutton)

Gay Men’s Fiction

  • WINNER: The Far Euphrates by Aryeh Lev Stollman (Putnam)
  • Gossip by Christopher Bram (Dutton)
  • Plays Well With Others by Allan Gurganus (Knopf)
  • The Farewell Symphony by Edmund White (Knopf)
  • The House on Brooke Street by Neil Bartlett (Dutton)

Gay Men’s Mystery

  • WINNER: The Magician’s Tale by David Hunt (Putnam)
  • Gossip by Christopher Bram (Dutton)
  • Hostage by R.D. Zimmerman (Delacorte)
  • Revision of Justice by John Morgan Wilson (Doubleday)
  • The Burning Plain by Michael Nava (Putnam)

Gay Men’s Poetry

  • WINNER: Beautiful Signor by Cyrus Cassells (Copper Canyon)
  • Bite Hard by Justin Chin (Manic D)
  • Desire by Frank Bidart (FS&G)
  • Packing Up for Paradise: Selected Poems 1946-1996 by James Broughton edited by Jim Cory (Black Sparrow)
  • Desire: Poems 1986-1996 by Tom Carey (Painted Leaf)

Gay Men’s Studies

  • WINNER: Gay Metropolis edited by Charles Kaiser (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Queer Representations: Reading Lives, Reading Cultures edited by Martin Duberman (NYU)
  • Gay Body: a Journey Through Shadow to Self edited by Mark Thompson (St. Martin’s)
  • Life Outside – The Signorile Report on Gay Men by Michelangelo Signorile (HarperCollins)
  • Sexual Ecology: AIDS and the Destiny of Gay Man by Gabriel Rotello (Dutton)


  • WINNER: Openly Bob by Bob Smith (Rob Weisbach)
  • Barbie Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer (New Victoria)
  • Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand)
  • Naked by David Sedaris (Little, Brown)
  • Flaming Iguanas by Erika Lopez (Simon & Schuster)

Lesbian Biography/Autobiography

  • WINNER: Blue Windows: a Christian Science Childhood by Barbara Wilson (Picador)
  • My Life as a Boy by Kim Chernin (Algonquin)
  • May Sarton: a Biography by Margaret Peters (Knopf)
  • The Last Time I Wore a Dress by Daphne Scholinski and Jane Meredith Adams (Putnam)
  • Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee (Knopf)

Lesbian Fiction

  • WINNER: Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon (Press Gang)
  • A/K/A by Ruthann Robson (St. Martin’s)
  • A Crystal Diary by Frankie Hucklenbroich (Firebrand)
  • Prozac Highway by Persimmon Blackbridge (Press Gang)
  • Terminal Velocity by Blanche McCrary Boyd

Lesbian Mystery

  • WINNER: Father Forgive Me by Randye Lordon (Avon)
  • Apparition Alley by Katherine V. Forrest (Berkley)
  • No Daughter of the South by Cynthia Webb (New Victoria)
  • Evil Dead Center by Carole laFavor (Firebrand)
  • Old Black Magic by Jaye Maiman (Naiad)

Lesbian Poetry

  • WINNER (Tie): Cold River by Joan Larkin (Painted Leaf)
  • WINNER (Tie): School of Fish by Eileen Myles (Black Sparrow)
  • Diesel Fuel edited by Pat Califia (Masquerade)
  • Poems Between Women edited by Emma Donoghue (Columbia University)
  • Queer Dog: Homo/Pup/Poetry edited by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg (Cleis)

Lesbian Studies

  • WINNER: Does Your Mama Know? edited by Lisa C. Moore (Redbone)
  • Every Woman I’ve Ever Loved: Lesbian Writers on Their Mothers edited by Catherine Reid and Holly Iglesias (Cleis)
  • Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter by Diana Souhami (St. Martin’s)
  • Queerly Classed edited by Susan K. Raffo (South End)
  • Sex and Sensibility by Arlene Stein (University of California)

Photography/Visual Arts

  • WINNER (Tie): Naked Men: Pioneering Male Nudes 1935-1955 by David Leddick (Universe)
  • WINNER (Tie): Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers by Robert Giard (MIT)
  • John Waters: Director’s Cut by John Waters (Scalo)
  • I Am My Lover: Women Pleasure Themselves edited by Joani Blank (Down There)
  • Men Together by Anderson Jones, photographs by David Fields (Running)

Pioneer Award

  • Ron Hanby, Bookazine

Publishers Service Award

  • Douglas Mitchell, University of Chicago Press

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • WINNER: Bending the Landscape edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel (White Wolf)
  • Grave Passions edited by William Mann (Masquerade)
  • The Harvest by Perry Brass (Belhue)
  • Monsters in the Closet edited by Harry M. Benshoff (Machester University)
  • The Drag Queen of Elfland edited by Lawrence Schimel (Circlet)

Small Press

  • WINNER: Does Your Mama Know? edited by Lisa C. Moore (Redbone)
  • Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon (Press Gang)
  • Barbie Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer (New Victoria)
  • Bite Hard by Justin Chinn (Manic D)
  • Toward the New Degeneracy by Bruce Benderson (Edgewise)


  • WINNER: Like Bread on the Seder Plate by Rebecca Alpert (Columbia University)
  • Cassell’s Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit edited by Randy P. Conner (Cassell)
  • The Essential Gay Mystics by Andrew Harvey (HarperCollins)
  • Queer Dharma: Voices of Gay Buddhists edited by Winston Leyland (Gay Sunshine)
  • Stealing Jesus by Bruce Bawer (Crown)


  • WINNER (Tie): PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality edited by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel (Cleis)
  • WINNER (Tie): The Last Time I Wore a Dress by Daphne Scholinski and Jane Meredith Adams (Putnam)
  • Read My Lips: Sexual Subversions and the End of Gender by Riki Anne Wilchins (Firebrand)
  • Sex Changes by Pat Califia (Cleis)
  • Mema’s House, Mexico City: On Transvestites, Queens, and Machos by Annick Prieur (Cleis)
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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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