25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

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Finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards were announced on Wednesday March 6th, 2013 by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles. Now in their Twenty-Fifth Year, the awards honor achievement in LGBTQ writing for books published in 2012.  “The Lammy Awards are made possible, year after year, because of the dedication of volunteer judges who read, carefully consider, and deliberate on submitted books before selecting our finalists,” said Lambda Literary Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela.

The Lambda Literary Awards identify and celebrate the best Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBT stories are part of the literature of the world. Bisexual Books have been honored in their own category since 2006 and the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) has been a sponsor since then. Books from major mainstream publishers, academic presses, long-established as well as new LGBTQ publishers and emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the finalists for the Awards, also known as the “Lammys.” 

Winners will be announced during the Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday evening, June 3, 2013, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York City. The Awards Ceremony has consistently drawn an audience representing every facet of publishing.

Finalists of the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards: Bisexual Literature
Axel Hooley’s Death Watch List by Scotty-Miguel Sandoe from CreateSpace Axel Hooley’s Death Watch List, Scotty-Miguel Sandoe, CreateSpace  Axel Hooley’s past and present are on a rapid collision course – a battle transpiring not only within his weakening body, but with the very forces of fate, nature, destiny, and personal choice that haunt us all. A tale of hope, friendship, and the cosmos destined to collide in Los Angeles, Axel Hooley’s Death Watch List is a hilarious love call to anybody who’s ever navigated the unpredictable labyrinth of life threatening illness or rallied allies for day-to-day survival.
Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals by Janet W. Hardy from Beyond Binary Books Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals, Janet W. Hardy, Beyond Binary Books  Announcing the long-awaited memoir/exploration by internationally famed Ethical Slut author Janet W. Hardy: Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals! Girlfags – women who love, are attracted to, and identify with gay men – are a growing community with a growing voice. Girlfags are not fag hags – fag hags enjoy gay men as company; girlfags enjoy them as bedmates and peers. Girlfags are everywhere. Janet notes, “I get much the same reaction when I mention ‘girlfags’ as I used to when I talked about ‘ethical sluts’ – a sudden lighting up of the eyes, a giggle, and a startled ‘Hey, that’s *me*!”’
History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason from Random House/Alfred A. Knopf History of a Pleasure Seeker, Richard Mason, Random House / Alfred A. Knopf  Piet Barol has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. When his mother dies, Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe’s leading hotelier—a child who refuses to leave his family’s mansion on one of Amsterdam’s grandest canals. As Piet enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets and finds his life transformed.

A brilliantly written portrait of the senses, History of a Pleasure Seeker is an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe’s Belle Époque, written with a lightness of touch that is wholly modern and original.

In One Person by John Irving from Simon & Schuster  In One Person, John Irving, Simon & Schuster A New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.”

My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B by Cheryl Burke from Topside Signature  My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature The Autobiography of Cheryl B A rare authentic glimpse into the electrifying arts scene of New York City’s East Village during the vibrant 1990s, My Awesome Place is the chronicle of a movement through the eyes of one young woman working to cultivate her voice while making peace with her difficult and often abusive family. “A posthumously published autobiography from New York-based poet, journalist, performer and playwright Burke (known professionally as Cheryl B), who died last year at age 38. The author first became well-known as part of the New York spoken-word performance scene of the 1990s, and she remained a vital voice in the downtown literary world, contributing to many magazines and journals such as Bust and Go Magazine, as well as several anthologies. After her death in 2011, her partner, Kelli Dunham, and members of Burke’s writing group helped put together Burke’s working draft of her autobiography.
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