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17th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

17th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Author: Antonio Gonzalez Cerna

July 9, 2005


  • WINNER: Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction edited by Donald Weise (Carroll & Graf)
  • Best Lesbian Love Stories 2004 edited by Angela Brown (Alyson)
  • Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person edited by Clint Catalyst and Michelle Tea (Alyson)
  • Serendipity: The Gay Times Book of New Stories edited by Peter Burton (GMP/Millivres)
  • The Milk of Human Kindness edited by Lori L. Lake (Regal Crest)


  • WINNER: I Do/I Don’t: Queers on Marriage edited by Greg Wharton and Ian Philips (Suspect Thoughts)
  • Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative edited by Mary Burger, Robert Gluck, Camille Roy, and Gail Scott (Coach House)
  • Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer edited by Angela Brown (Alyson)
  • That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation edited by Mattilda, a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore (Soft Skull)
  • Wonderlands edited by Raphael Kadushin (University of Wisconsin)


  • WINNER: Name All the Animals by Alison Smith (Scribner)
  • Blue Days, Black Nights by Ron Nyswaner (Advocate)
  • Long Life by Mary Oliver (Da Capo)
  • Rent Girl by Michelle Tea (Last Gasp)
  • The Tomcat Chronicles by Jack Nichols (Harrington Park)


  • WINNER: Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde by Alexis De Veaux (W.W. Norton)
  • Alice Walker: A Life by Evelyn C. White (W.W. Norton)
  • Both: A Portrait in Two Parts by Douglas Crase (Pantheon)
  • Jerome Robbins by Deborah Jowitt (Simon & Schuster)
  • Laud Humphreys: Prophet of Homosexuality and Sociology by John F. Galliher, Wayne H. Brekhus, and David P. Keys (University of Wisconsin)


  • WINNER: So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Orphea Proud by Sharon Dennis Wyeth (Delacorte)
  • Rosemary and Juliet by Judy MacLean (Alice Street Editions)
  • The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)


  • WINNER: I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright (Faber and Faber)
  • Fabulous! by Donald Reuter (Broadway)
  • How to Make Dances in an Epidemic by David Gere (University of Wisconsin)
  • love conjure/blues by Sharon Bridgeforth (RedBone)
  • The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance and Musical Theater edited by Claude J. Summers (Cleis)


  • WINNER: Best Gay Erotica 2005 edited by Richard Labonte (Cleis)
  • All the Wrong Places by Karin Kallmaker (Bella)
  • Best Lesbian Erotica 2005 edited by Tristan Taormino (Cleis)
  • Once Upon a Dyke by Karin Kallmaker, Therese Syzmanski, Julia Watts, and Barbara Johnson (Bella)
  • Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex by Rachel Kramer Bussel and Stacy M. Bias (Alyson)


  • WINNER: Clay’s Way by Blair Mastbaum (Alyson)
  • A Son Called Gabriel by Damian McNicholl (CDS)
  • Half-Life by Aaron Krach (Alyson)
  • How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater by Mar Acito (Broadway)
  • World Famous Love Acts by Brian Leung (Sarabande)


  • WINNER: The Master by Colm Toibin (Scribner)
  • Collage by Ted Wojtasik (Livingston)
  • The Disinherited by Han Ong (FS&G)
  • The Haunted Hillbilly by Derek McCormack (Soft Skull)
  • The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (Bloomsbury)


  • WINNER: Written in Water by Luis Cernuda (City Lights)
  • Cocktails by D.A. Powell (Graywolf)
  • nothin’ ugly fly by Marvin K. White (RedBone)
  • The Rest of Love by Carl Phillips (FS&G)
  • Voluntary Servitude by Mark Wunderlich (Graywolf)


  • WINNER: Flight of Aquavit by Anthony Bidulka (Insomniac)
  • Jackson Square Jazz by Greg Herren (Kensington)
  • Moth and Flame by John Morgan Wilson (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
  • Someone You Know by Gary Zebrun (Alyson)
  • The Role Players by Dorien Grey (GLB)


  • WINNER: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (Little, Brown)
  • Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs by Cheryl Peck (Warner)
  • Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast by Greg Fox (Kenisington)
  • Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs (St. Martin’s)
  • Alexander the Fabulous by Michael Alvear and Vicky A. Shecter (Advocate)


  • WINNER: Crybaby Butch by Judith Frank (Firebrand)
  • Death by Discount by Mary Vermillion (Alyson)
  • Dish It Up, Baby! by Kristie Helms (Firebrand)
  • Fire & Brimstone by Laurinda D. Brown (Strebor)
  • Minus One: A Twelve-Step Journey by Bridget Bufford (Alice Street)


  • WINNER: A Seahorse Year by Stacey D’Erasmo (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Abundant Light by Valerie Miner (Michigan State University)
  • Life Mask by Emma Donoghue (Harcourt)
  • Skels by Maggie Dubris (Soft Skull)
  • Venus of Chalk by Susan Stinson (Firebrand)


  • WINNER: Sweet to Burn by Beverly Burch (Gival)
  • Antidotes for an Alibi by Amy King (BlazeVox)
  • Femme’s Dictionary by Carol Guess (Calyx)
  • The School Among the Ruins by Adrienne Rich (W.W. Norton)
  • Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver (Beacon)


  • WINNER: Hancock Park by Katherine V. Forrest (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • An Intimate Ghost by Ellen Hart (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
  • Commitment to Die by Jennifer Jordan (Bean Pole)
  • Death by Discount by Mary Vermillion (Alyson)
  • The Wombat Strategy by Claire McNab (Alyson)


  • WINNER: For the Love of Women: Gender, Identity and Same-Sex Relations in a Greek Provincial Town by Elisabeth Kirtsoglou (Routledge)
  • All-Night Party by Andrea Barnet (Algonquin)
  • A Passion to Preserve by Will Fellows (University of Wisconsin)
  • Families Like Mine by Abigail Garner (HarperCollins)
  • Why Marriage Matters by Evan Wolfson (Simon & Schuster)


  • WINNER: At Ease: Navy Men of World War II by Evan Bachner (Harry Abrams)
  • Lust Unearthed by Thomas Waugh (Arsenal Pulp)
  • The Queer Movie Poster Book by Jenni Olson (Chronicle)
  • Rent Girl by Michelle Tea, illustrated by Laurenn McCubbin (Last Gasp)
  • The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts edited by Claude J. Summers (Cleis)


  • WINNER: Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger (HarperCollins)
  • All the Wrong Places by Karin Kallmaker (Bella)
  • Confessions of a Casanova by Chris Kenry (Kensington)
  • Gulf Breeze by Gerri Hill (Bella)
  • Under the Witness Tree by Marianne Martin (Bywater)


  • WINNER: Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love by Will Roscoe (Suspect Thoughts)
  • Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions by Randy Conner and David Hatfield Sparks (Harrington Park)
  • Same-Sex Marriage: A Christian Ethical Analysis by Marvin M. Ellison (Pilgrim)
  • Sanctity and Male Desire by Donald L. Boisvert (Pilgrim)
  • Wrestling with God & Men by Rabbi Steven Greenberg (University of Wisconsin)


  • WINNER: The Ordinary by Jim Grimsley (Tor)
  • Firelands by Michael Jensen (Alyson)
  • Shadows of the Night: Queer Tales of the Uncanny and Unusual edited by Greg Herren (Southern Tier)
  • The Wizard of Isis by Jean Stewart (Bella)
  • With Her Body by Nicola Griffith (Aqueduct)


  • WINNER: The Gender Frontier by Mariette Pathy Allen (Kehrer Verlag)
  • Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green (Vanderbilt University)
  • From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond edited by Morty Diamond (Manic D)
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • My Husband Betty: Love, Sex and Life with a Crossdresser by Helen Boyd (Thunder’s Mouth)


  • Suspect Thoughts Press
  • Bella Books
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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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