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Winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Announced

Winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Announced

Author: Edit Team

June 3, 2014

26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced

Alison Bechdel and Kate Bornstein Honored

Special Performance Given by Justin Vivian Bond

New York, NY – The winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) were announced last night in a gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at The Great Hall at Cooper Union. It occurred on the heels of BookExpo America, the book publishing industry’s largest annual gathering of booksellers, publishers, authors, and readers. The Lambda ceremony brought together over 500 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature and 26 years of the groundbreaking literary awards. Obie Award-winning performance artist and past Lambda Award winner Justin Vivian Bond graced the ceremony with a special “half-time” performance. The celebration continued at the VIP After-Party hosted by Scholastic at the Scholastic Greenhouse & Terrace with DJ Sean McMahill.

The ceremony opened with a powerful montage of video clips from the “What LGBTQI Book Changed Your Life” campaign, a project conducted in conjunction with the Lammys to recognize LGBT literature of all types, from poetry to erotica, that has influenced millions of readers. As master of ceremonies for the third consecutive year, Clinton treated the audience to her signature brand of topical, political comedy. She kept the audience laughing with lines like “Happy Pride Month, the month formerly known as June,” and “I’m happy about the new pope. He’s our first Christian one.”

Cartoonist Justin Hall, award-winning creator of the series True Travel Tales in presenting the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Literature to Alison Bechdel said that her body of work from her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For to graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother? solidify her unique place in the comic book cannon. Bechdel gave a funny and moving acceptance speech filled with memories from when she won her first Lammy in 1991.

Appropriately, Bechdel presented the first award for the new category of best LGBT Graphic Novel to Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges.

Kate Bornstein was presented the Pioneer Award by her life partner, Barbara Carrellas who said that when people are asked what Kate Bornstein means to them, “the overwhelming answer is ‘Kate Bornstein saved my life.'” Bornstein’s call to action to stop the history of shaming with regard to sex and gender brought the audience to a standing ovation.

Michael Thomas Ford and Radclyffe were awarded with the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize and Imogen Binnie and Charles Rice-Gonzalez were presented with the Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award.

Justin Vivian Bond provided the “half-time” entertainment with three songs from ve’s recent show, “The Drift,” all of which were inspired by classic literature.

“Throughout the beautiful ceremony, we were reminded of the meaningfulness of LGBT literature and writers in our lives,” said Tony Valenzuela, Lambda Literary Foundation Executive Director.  “Congratulations to all the winners and honorees.”

Once again, the stage glittered with a stellar roster of presenters from the worlds of film, television, theatre, politics, religion, sex, and, of course, literature. Just some of the presenters who graced the stage were: Mike Albo, Henry Alford, Hilton Als, Masha Gessen, A.M. Homes, Sassafras Lowrey, David Mixner, Pauline Park, Seth Rudetsky, Ira Silverberg and Urvashi Vaid.








  • The Affairs of Others: A Novel, Amy Grace Loyd, Picador
  • Descendants of HagarNik Nicholson, AuthorHouse [Winner] 
  • Golden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin, Simon & Schuster/Atria Books
  • How to Shake the Other Man, Derek Palacio, Nouvella
  • In Between, Jane Hoppen, Bold Strokes Books
  • Inside, Charles L. Ross, Ink Inc.
  • Jane and the Whales, Andrea Routley, Caitlin Press
  • My Brother’s Name: A Novel, Laura Krughoff, Scarletta / Scarletta Press
  • Prick Queasy, Ronald Palmer, Publication Studio
  • The Rest of Us: StoriesGuy Mark Foster, Tincture/Lethe Press




  • Among the Bloodpeople, Thomas Glave, Akashic Books
  • Does Jesus Really Love Me?, Jeff Chu, Harper Collins
  • The End of the Homosexual?, Dennis Altman, University of Queensland Press
  • Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims, Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle, NYU Press
  • Meet Grindr: How One App Changed The Way We Connect, Jamie Woo, Self-Published
  • Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants, Phil Tiemeyer, University of California Press
  • The Queer Limit of Black Memory Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution, Matt Richardson, The Ohio State University Press
  • Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States since World War II, Daniel Winunwe Rivers, University of North Carolina Press
  • Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines. Polaroids 1975-1983, Ben Smales, Tom Bianchi, Edmund White, Damiani
  • White GirlsHilton Als, McSweeney’s Publishing [Winner]
  • You Can Tell Just By Looking: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico, Beacon Press



  • A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & RecordingsEloise Klein Healy, Red Hen Press
  • Chopper! Chopper! Poetry From Bordered Lives, Veronica Reyes, Red Hen Press/Arktoi Books
  • Chord BoxElizabeth Lindsey Rogers, The University of Arkansas Press
  • The Collected Poems of Ai, Ai, W.W. Norton & Company
  • The Exchange, Sophie Cabot Black, Graywolf Press
  • Proxy, R. Erica Doyle, Belladonna Collaborative
  • Rise in the FallAna Bozicevic, Birds, LLC [Winner]
  • She Has a Name, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Four Way Books
  • ViralSuzanne Parker, Alice James Books
  • We Come ElementalTamiko Beyer, Alice James Books


  • Baton Rouge Bingo, Greg Herren, Bold Strokes Books
  • Boystown 5: Murder Book, Marshall Thornton, MLR Press
  • Fierce, David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing
  • Foxed, Garry Ryan, NeWest Press
  • The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari, Sarah Black, Dreamspinner Press
  • How to Greet Strangers: A Mystery, Joyce Thompson, Lethe Press
  • In Real Life, The 3rd Gemini & Flowers Mystery, Jonathan Gregory, Amazon Digital Services Inc
  • Pawn of Satan, Mark Zubro, MLR Press
  • Pretty Boy Dead, Jon Michaelsen, Wilde City Press
  • The Prisoner of the Riviera: A Francis Bacon MysteryJanice Law, Road Media [Winner]


  • Cross and Burn, Val McDermid, Grove/Atlantic/Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Death of the Demon, Anne Holt, Scribner
  • High DesertKatherine V. Forrest, Spinsters Ink [Winner]
  • The Killer Wore Leather: A Mystery, Laura Antoniou, Cleis Press
  • Point of Betrayal, Ann Roberts, Bella Books
  • The Rainey Season, R.E. Bradshaw, R.E. Bradshaw Books
  • She Overheard Murder, Jean Sheldon, Wellworth Publishing/Bast Press
  • Taken by the WindEllen Hart, St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books
  • Turning on the TideJenna Rae, Bella Books
  • Web of Obsessions, Diane Wood, Bella Books
  • The Wild Beasts of Wuhan: An Ava Lee Novel, Ian Hamilton, Picador




  • Covet Thy Neighbor, L. A. Witt, Riptide Publishing
  • Glitterland, Alexis Hall, Riptide Publishing
  • Into This River I DrownTJ Klune, Dreamspinner Press [Winner]
  • King Mai, Edmond Manning, Pickwick Ink Publishing
  • My Dear Watson, L.A. Fields, Lethe Press
  • Pickup Men, L.C. Chase, Riptide Publishing
  • Play Me, I’m Yours, Madison Parker, Harmony Ink Press
  • Rocky’s Road, Lynley Wayne, MLR Press
  • Unbroken, Larry Benjamin, Beaten Track Publishing
  • Where You Are, J.H. Trumble, Kensington


  • All That Lies Within, Lynn Ames, Phoenix Rising Press
  • At Seventeen, Gerri Hill, Bella Books
  • Broken Trails, D Jordan Redhawk, Bella Books
  • Clean SlateAndrea Bramhall, Bold Strokes Books [Winner]
  • Date with DestinyMason Dixon, Bold Strokes Books
  • Hold Me Forever, D. Jackson Leigh, Bold Strokes Books
  • Hoosier Daddy, Ann McMan, Salem West, Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company/Nuance
  • Last SaluteTracey Richardson, Bella Books
  • Love by the NumbersKarin Kallmaker, Bella Books
  • The Princess AffairNell Stark, Bold Strokes Books


  • Capture & Surrender, Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing
  • The Padisah’s Son and the Fox: an erotic novellaAlex Jeffers, Lethe Press [Winner]
  • Sensual Travels: Gay Erotic Stories, Michael Luongo (Ed.), Bruno Gmuender
  • Show-Offs: Gay Erotic Stories, Ed. Richard Labonte, Cleis Press
  • Team Players: Gay Erotic Stories, Winston Gieseke (Ed.), Bruno Gmuender



  • An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and WritingsHarvey Milk, Jason Edward Black, Charles E. Morris, University of California Press
  • The Feminist Porn Book, Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parrenas Shimizu & Mireille Miller-Young, Feminist Press
  • Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, Editors: Brittany Fonte and Regie Cabico, Lowbrow Press
  • Ghosts in Gaslight. Monsters in Steam. Gay City: Volume 5, Evan J Peterson & Vincent Kovar, Gay City Anthologies
  • Queer Africa: New and Collected FictionKaren Martin and Makhosazana Xaba, MaThoko’s Books [Winner]
  • Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollentions of Consciousness and Coming Out, Ed. Adelaida R. Del Castillo and Gibran Guido, Cognella Academic Publishing
  • This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, Megan Volpert, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, T.C. Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, Nightboat Books
  • What I LOVE about being QUEER, Vivek Shraya, George Brown College
  • Who’s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and ForerunnersEds. Jim Elledge and David Groff, The University of Wisconsin Press [Winner]


  • Better Nate Than Ever, Tim Federle, Simon & Schuster, Inc./ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Boy In Box, Christopher R. Michael, Hubbub Publishing
  • Girls I’ve Run Away WithRhiannon Argo, Moonshine Press
  • If You Could Be MineSara Farizan, Algonquin Books [Winner]
  • Openly Straight, Bill Konigsberg, Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Rapture Practice, Aaron Hartzler, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Secret CityJulia Watts, Bella Books
  • The Secret Ingredient, Stewart Lewis- Author, Rebecca Short-Editor, Delacorte Press (Penguin/Random House)
  • The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Two Boys KissingDavid Levithan, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers [Winner]
  • What Makes a Baby, Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, Seven Stories Press/Triangle Square


  • Las Hociconas: Three Locas with Big Mouths and Even Bigger Brains, Adelina Anthony, Korima Press
  • sash & trim and other plays, Djola Branner, RedBone Press
  • Tom at the Farm, Michel Marc Bouchard, Talonbooks [Winner]



  • CollaboratorsDeborah Wheeler, Dragon Moon Press
  • Death by SilverMelissa Scott & Amy Griswold, Lethe Press [Winner]
  • Deprivation; or, Benedetto furioso: an oneiromancy, Alex Jeffers, Lethe Press
  • Dragon Slayer, Isabella Carter, Less Than Three Press
  • Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, Richard Bowes, Lethe Press
  • Hell’s Belle, Marie Castle, Bella Books
  • Invisible Soft Return :\, Roberta Degnore, Digital Fabulists
  • Light, ‘Nathan Burgoine, Bold Strokes Books
  • Like Light for Flies, Lee Thomas, Lethe Press
  • The Stars Change, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Circlet Press, Inc.


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