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18th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

18th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Author: Antonio Gonzalez Cerna

April 9, 2005


  • WINNER: Freedom in this Village: 25 Years of Black, Gay Men’s Writing edited by E. Lynn Harris (Carroll & Graf)
  • Red Light: Superheroes, Saints, & Sluts edited by Anna Camilleri (Arsenal Pulp)
  • Lesbian Pulp Fiction edited by Katherine Forrest (Cleis)
  • Everything I Have is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Class Men edited by Wendell Ricketts (Suspect Thoughts)
  • Bullets and Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry edited by Emanuel Xavier (Suspect Thoughts)

Belles Lettres

  • WINNER: The Tricky Part by Martin Moran (Beacon)
  • Quicksands: A Memoir by Sybille Bedford (Counterpoint)
  • Tab Hunter Confidential by Tab Hunter, with Eddie Muller (Algonquin)
  • My One Night Stand with Cancer by Tania Katan (Alyson)
  • When I Knew edited by Robert Trachtenberg, illustrated by Tom Bachtell (Regan)


  • WINNER: February House by Sherrill Tippins (Houghton Mifflin)
  • The Fabulous Sylvester by Joshua Gamson (Henry Holt)
  • Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin by John Geiger (The Disinformation Company)
  • Beyond Recall by Mary Meigs and Lise Weil (Talonbooks)
  • Wild Girls: Paris, Sappho, & Art by Diana Souhami (St. Martin’s)

Children’s/Young Adult

  • WINNER: Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai (Tundra)
  • Antonio’s Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio by Rigoberto Gonzalez (Children’s Book)
  • Totally Joe by James Howe (Simon & Schuster)
  • And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell & Justin Richardson (Simon & Schuster)
  • Rainbow Road by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster)


  • WINNER: Stolen Moments: Erotic Interludes 2 edited by Stacia Seaman and Radclyffe (Bold Strokes)
  • Best Gay Erotica 2006 edited by Matt Bernstein Sycamore and Richard Labonte (Cleis)
  • Best Lesbian Erotica 2006 edited by Eileen Myles and Tristan Taormino (Cleis)
  • Rode Hard But Away Wet: Lesbian Cowboy Erotica edited by Sacchi Green & Rakelle Valencia (Suspect Thoughts)
  • Close Contact by Sean Wolfe (Kensington)

Gay Men’s Debut Fiction

  • WINNER: You Are Not the One by Vestal McIntyre (Carroll & Graf)
  • Setting the Lawn on Fire by Mack Friedman (Wisconsin)
  • Mother of Sorrows by Richard McCann (Pantheon)
  • The First Verse by Barry McCrea (Carroll & Graf)
  • Bilal’s Bread by Sulyman X (Alyson)

Gay Men’s Fiction

  • WINNER: The Sluts by Dennis Cooper (Carroll & Graf)
  • German Officer’s Boy by Harlan Greene (Wisconsin)
  • Faith for Beginners by Aaron Hamburger (Random House)
  • What We Do is Secret by Kief Hillsbery (Villard)
  • Acqua Calda by Keith McDermott (Carroll & Graf)

Gay Men’s Mystery

  • WINNER: One of These Things is Not Like the Other by D. Travers Scott (Suspect Thoughts)
  • The Actor’s Guide to Greed by Rick Copp (Kensington)
  • The Paper Mirror by Dorien Grey (GLB)
  • White Tiger by Michael Allen Dymmoch (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
  • Cajun Snuff by W. Randy Haynes (Publish America)

Gay Men’s Poetry

  • WINNER: Crush by Richard Siken (Yale)
  • School of the Arts by Mark Doty (HarperCollins)
  • For Dust Thou Art by Timothy Lui (Southern Illinois)
  • Sugar by Martin Pousson (Suspect Thoughts)
  • Blue on Blue Ground by Aaron Smith (Pittsburgh)


  • WINNER: Don’t Get too Comfortable by David Rakoff (Doubleday)
  • Invasion of Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Alyson)
  • Juicy Mother by Jennifer Camper (Soft Skull)
  • What the L ? by Kate Clinton (Carroll & Graf)
  • Revenge of the Paste Eaters by Cheryl Peck (5 Spot, Warner)

Lesbian Debut Fiction

  • WINNER: The Beautifully Worthless by Ali Leibegott (Suspect Thoughts)
  • Crashing America by Katia Noyes (Alyson)
  • Manstealing for Fat Girls by Michelle Embree (Soft Skull)
  • In Too Deep by Ronica Black (Bold Strokes)
  • Bliss by Fiona Zedde (Kensington)

Lesbian Fiction

  • WINNER: Babyji by Abha Dawesar (Anchor)
  • Wild Dogs by Helen Humphrys (W. W. Norton)
  • With or Without You by Lauren Sanders (Akashic)
  • Five Books of Moses Lapinsky by Karen Tulchinsky (Raincoast)
  • Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson (Harcourt)

Lesbian Mystery

  • WINNER: Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders by Alicia Gaspar De Alba (Arte Publico)
  • Women of Mystery edited by Katherine Forrest (Haworth)
  • The Iron Girl by Ellen Hart (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
  • Darkness Descending by Penny Mickelbury (Kings Crossing)
  • Justice Served by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes)

Lesbian Poetry

  • WINNER: Directed by Desire: Collected Poems by June Jordan (Copper Canyon)
  • Where the Apple Falls by Samiya Bashir (RedBone)
  • Life Mask by Jackie Kay (Bloodaxe)
  • New and Selected Poems, Volume II by Mary Oliver (Beacon)
  • Eye of Water by Amber Flora Thomas (Pittsburgh)

LGBT Studies

  • WINNER: When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David by Susan Ackerman (Columbia)
  • Zest for Life: Lesbians’ Experience of Menopause by Jennifer Kelly (Spinifex)
  • Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch by Dwight A. McBride (NYU)
  • Lesbian Communities Festivals, Rvs And the Internet edited by Esther D. Rothblum and Penny Sablove (Harrington Park)
  • Love’s Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West by Ruth Vanita (Palgrave Macmillan)


  • WINNER: Words to Our Now by Thomas Glave (Minnesota)
  • Gore Vidal’s America by Dennis Altman (Polity)
  • Beyond the Down Low by Keith Boykin (Carroll & Graf)
  • Raising Boys without Men by Peggy Drexler (Rodale)
  • Women Together/Women Apart by Tirza True Latimer (Rutgers)


  • WINNER: Distant Shores, Silent Thunder by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes)
  • Artist’s Dream by Gerri Hill (Bella)
  • Just Like That by Karin Kallmaker (Bella)
  • The Price of Temptation by M. J. Pearson (Seventh Window)
  • Walt Loves the Bearcat by Randy Boyd (West Beach)


  • WINNER: Daughters of an Emerald Dusk by Katherine V. Forrest (Alyson)
  • Fledgling by Octavia Butler (Seven Stories)
  • Shapers of Darkness by David B. Coe (Tor)
  • Temple Landfall by Jane Fletcher (Bold Strokes)
  • No Sister of Mine by Jeanne G’Fellers (Bella)


  • WINNER: Qu(e)erying Evangelism by Cheri DiNovo (Pilgrim)
  • The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades by Munya Andrews (Spinifex)
  • The Path of the Green Man by Michael Thomas Ford (Citadel)
  • I Am This One Walking Beside Me by Daniel Gebhardt (Pilgrim)
  • Fumbling Toward Divinity by Craig Hickman (Annabessacook Farm)


  • WINNER: Choir Boy by Charlie Anders (Soft Skull)
  • In a Queer Time and Place by Judith Halberstam (NYU)
  • Deliver Me from Nowhere by Tennessee Jones (Soft Skull)
  • Just Add Hormones by Matt Kailey (Beacon)
  • The Riddle of Gender by Deborah Rudacille (Pantheon)
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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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