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11th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

11th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Author: Antonio Gonzalez Cerna

July 15, 1999


  • WINNER: Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature edited by Byrne R.S. Fone (Columbia University)
  • Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica edited by Lawrence Schimel (Carroll & Graf)
  • Men on Men 7 edited by Joel Tan (Penguin/Plume)
  • Queer PAPI Porn by Joel Tan (Cleis)
  • To Be Continued edited by Michele Karlsberg and Karen X. Tulchinsky (Firebrand)


  • WINNER (Tie): Mom: Candid Memoirs by Lesbians About the First Woman in Their Life edited by Nisa Donnelly (Alyson)
  • WINNER (Tie): Q & A: Queer in Asian America edited by David L. Eng (Temple University)
  • Lesbian Travels edited by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Whereabouts)
  • Queer 13 edited by Clifford Chase (Weisbach)
  • Telling Tales Out of School edited by Kevin Jennings (Alyson)


  • WINNER: Telling Tales Out of School by Kevin Jennings (Alyson)
  • I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block (HarperCollins)
  • Lucy Goes to the Country by Joseph Kennedy, illustrated by John Canemaker (Alyson)
  • Outspoken by Michael Thomas Ford (Morrow Junior)
  • Queer 13 by Clifford Chase (Weisbach)


  • WINNER: O Solo Homo edited by Holly Hughes (Grove)
  • Mr. Universe and Other Plays by Jim Grimsley and David Roman (Algonquin)
  • Place For Us by D.A. Miller (Harvard University)
  • Stagestruck by Sarah Schulman (Duke)
  • The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (Villard)

Editor’s Choice Award

  • The Boy by Naeem Murr (Houghton Mifflin)

Gay Men’s Biography/Autobiography

  • WINNER: Wisecracker by William J. Mann (Viking)
  • Auden and Isherwood: The Berlin Years by Norman Page (St. Martin’s)
  • The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up by Andrew Tobias (Random House)
  • Gentleman Junkie: The Life and Legacy of William S. Burroughs by Graham Caveney (Little Brown)
  • In The Flesh by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard (Barricade)

Gay Men’s Fiction

  • WINNER: An Arrow’s Flight by Mark Merlis (St. Martin’s)
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham (FS&G)
  • Koolaids: The Art of War by Rabih Alameddine (St. Martin’s/Picador)
  • The Long Falling by Keith Ridgway (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Where the Rainbow Ends by Jameson Currier (Overlook)

Gay Men’s Mystery

  • WINNER: Outburst by R.D. Zimmerman (Delacourt)
  • Dead as a Doornail by Grant Michaels (St. Martin’s)
  • Federal Fag by Fred Hunter (St. Martin’s)
  • Strachey’s Folly by Richard Stevenson (St. Martin’s)
  • Uprising by Randy Boyd (Westbeach)

Gay Men’s Poetry

  • WINNER: Ten Commandments by J.D. McClatchy (Knopf)
  • A Flame for the Touch That Matters by Michael Lassell (Painted Leaf)
  • A Frieze for a Temple of Love by Edward Field (Black Sparrow)
  • Say Goodnight by Timothy Liu (Copper Canyon)
  • Sweet Machine by Mark Doty (Harper Flamingo)

Gay Men’s Studies

  • WINNER: The Other Side of Silence by John Loughery (Henry Holt)
  • Becoming Visible by Molly McGarry and Fred Wasserman (NYPL/Penguin Studio)
  • Changing Ones by Will Roscoe (St. Martin’s)
  • Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival by Andrew Sullivan (Knopf)
  • The Pleasure Principle by Michael Bronski (St. Martin’s)


  • WINNER: Alec Baldwin Doesn’t Love Me and Other Trials of My Queer Life by Michael Thomas Ford (Alyson)
  • Don’t Get Me Started by Kate Clinton (Ballantine)
  • The Indelible Alison Bechdel: Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand)
  • Savage Love by Dan Savage (Dutton)
  • Split-Level Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand)

Lesbian Biography/Autobiography

  • WINNER: The Indelible Alison Bechdel; Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand)
  • A Fragile Union by Joan Nestle (Cleis)
  • Empty Without You by Rodger Streitmatter (The Free Press)
  • The Queen of Whale Cay by Kate Summerscale (Viking)
  • Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John by Sally Cline (Overlook)

Lesbian Fiction

  • WINNER: Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison (Dutton)
  • bull-jean stories by Sharon Bridgforth (RedBone)
  • Shimmer by Sarah Schulman (Avon)
  • The Dogs by Rebecca Brown (City Lights)
  • They Call Me Mad Dog by Erika Lopez (Simon & Schuster)

Lesbian Mystery

  • WINNER: The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith (Avon)
  • Shaman’s Moon by Sarah Dreher (New Victoria)
  • Mother May I by Randye Lordon (Avon)
  • Past Due by Claire McNab (Naiad)
  • Wicked Games by Ellen Hart (St. Martin’s)

Lesbian Poetry

  • WINNER: Marianne Faithfull’s Cigarette by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg (Cleis)
  • Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery by Pamela Sneed (Owl)
  • In the Open by Beatrix Gates (Painted Leaf)
  • Juba by Letta Neely (Wildheart)
  • The Little Butch Book by Leslea Newman (New Victoria)

Lesbian Studies

  • WINNER: A Fragile Union by Joan Nestle (Cleis)
  • Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam (Duke)
  • Gay Old Girls by Zsa Zsa Gershick (Alyson)
  • Stagestruck by Sarah Schulman (Duke)
  • The Truth That Never Hurts by Barbara Smith (Rutgers)

Photography/Visual Arts

  • WINNER (Tie): The Male Nude by David Leddick (Taschen)
  • WINNER (Tie): Women in Love by Barbara Seyda with Diana Herrera (Bullfinch/Little Brown)
  • Affectionate Men by Russell Bush (St. Martin’s)
  • Becoming Visible by Molly McGarry and Fred Wasserman (NYPL/Penguin Studio)
  • The Passionate Camera by Deborah Bright (Routledge)

Pioneer Award

  • Katherine V. Forrest

Publisher Service Award

  • Joan M. Drury, Spinsters Ink


  • WINNER: Ferocious Romance by Donna Minkowitz (Free Press)
  • Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair by John McNeill (Westminister John Knox)
  • Closet Devotions by Richard Rambuss (Duke)
  • How to Survive Your Own Gay Life by Perry Brass (Belhue)
  • Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living by Peter J. Gomes (Morrow)

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • WINNER: Bending the Landscape II edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel (Overlook)
  • Galilee by Clive Barker (HarperCollins)
  • Desmond by Ulysses G. Dietz (Alyson)
  • Falling to Earth by Elizabeth Brownrigg (Firebrand)
  • Things Invisible to See edited by Lawrence Schimel (Ultra Violet)

Small Press

  • WINNER: the bull-jean stories by Sharon Bridgforth (RedBone)
  • The Indelible Alison Bechdel: Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand)
  • Queer Japan edited by Barbara Summerhawk (New Victoria)
  • The Reluctant Pornographer by Bruce LaBruce (Gutter)
  • Uprising by Randy Boyd (Westbeach)


  • WINNER: The Empress Is a Man by Michael R. Gorman (Harrington Park)
  • Boy-Wives and Female Husbands edited by Will Roscoe and Stephen Murray (St. Martin’s)
  • Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam (Duke)
  • Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton by Diane Wood Middlebrook (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Trans Liberation 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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