Lambda Literary Awards Results

24th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced in New York


Armistead Maupin and Kate Millet Pioneer Award Recipients


New York, NY – The winners of the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced last night in a sold-out gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Author of the groundbreaking Tales of the City books, Armistead Maupin, and seminal influence on second-wave feminism Kate Millett, were the Pioneer Award honorees. Taking place the same week of Book Expo America – the book publishing industry’s largest annual gathering of booksellers, publishers, and others in the industry – the Lambda ceremony brought together over 400 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature. Legendary entertainer Lypsinka gave a special performance at the ceremony, and the VIP After-Party at hotspot Slate was a night to remember with Lady Bunny as DJ.


As “mastress” of ceremonies, Clinton treated the audience to her brand of topical, political comedy that The New York Times has called, “Quick-witted, clear-spoken… a bizarrely logical, seemingly free-associating style of delivery…” Welcoming the members of the audience from out of town, she joked, “If you’re here to buy a Big Gulp or smoke a cigarette in a park…you’ll have to go to New Jersey.” Later, describing Michele Bachmann as “the SkyMall of useless ideas,” Clinton set her target on the conservative right and their attack on women’s reproductive rights, to hearty laughs and whoops of support from the audience. Also in attendance were presenters such as Olympia Dukakis, Charles Busch, Frank Bruni, Ally Sheedy, and Ross Bleckner.


Awards were presented in twenty-four categories. Among the winners were Farzana Doctor for her novel, Six Metres of Pavment, Justin Vivian Bond for his memoir, Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels, and Rahul Mehta for his debut collection of short fiction, Quarantine. In his acceptance speech, Mehta reflected on his first experience encountering Tales of the City, as a scared and closeted college freshman in North Carolina, citing Maupin’s books as part of a pivotal moment of self-acceptance in his life.

Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis presented the Foundation’s Pioneer Award to Maupin, calling Anna Madigral, the Tales of the City character she portrayed in the television adaptation, the most meaningful role of her career. “What happened for me when I did Anna Madrigal was that I understood the most important thing was to survive myself-and that’s what Anna Madrigal did.” Accepting his honor, Maupin remarked how moved he’d been by Mehta’s earlier anecdote, and pointed to the similar experience he’d had when he first discovered the work of Christopher Isherwood as young man. “I thought: Who wrote this? Where did this come from?”


The other Pioneer Award was given to iconic feminist Millett and was presented by Dr. Eleanor Pam, a pioneer in the women’s movement and a founding member of NOW, the National Organization of Women, as well as an expert on women and violence. “I am so moved to have been chosen to present the Lambda Pioneer award to Kate Millett,” Dr. Pam began her introduction, “someone I have known for more than 55 years, and a true pioneer in life as well as in literature.” In her speech, Millett charmed the audience with her insistence that she was “a farmer, really,” and shared her hope that the Millett Center for the Arts, the arts colony for women she’s established in LaGrange, NY, will be her legacy.


Stacey D’Erasmo, author of the novels Tea, A Seahorse Year, and The Sky Below and Brian Leung, author of the short story collection, World Famous Love Acts and the novels Lost Men and Take Me Home received the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prizes.


Once again The Lammys raised the bar for glamour with its dazzling roster of presenters from the worlds of film, television, theatre, politics, religion, sex, and of course literature. Gracing the stage were: award-winning actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director, and drag legend Charles Busch; movie star and author Ally Sheedy; Ross Bleckner, globally acclaimed artist and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador; Frank Bruni, the first openly gay Op-Ed columnist of The New York Times, the former chief restaurant critic of The New York Times, and New York Times best-selling author; Ted Allen, Emmy Award winning host of Chopped on Food Network and star of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy; Wally Lamb critically acclaimed, best-selling author; Judith Regan, legendary publisher, journalist, TV and radio talk show host; Susie Bright, legendary sex-positive feminist author and speaker; Anthony Rapp, singer, stage and film actor, and star of the original Broadway production of Rent; Lucy Sexton, performance artist and magazine editor; Michael Nava, award-winning novelist, and judicial attorney for California Supreme Court Justice, Carlos R. Moreno; Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning author of children’s books; bklyn boihood’s Ryann Holmes, Genesis Tramaine and Morgan M. Willis; Paul Schindler, editor-in-chief at Gay City News; Jee Leong Koh, poet and publisher; Brent Taylor, youth blogger and activist; J. Bob Alotta, executive director of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Janet Mock, writer, trans advocate and editor; Rodney Evans, film director and writer;Sinclair Sexsmith, lesbian erotica author and editor; Liz Scheier, veteran book editor; Teresa DeCrescenzo, LLF Board Treasurer and founder of Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services; Amy King, poet and activist; and Emanuel Xavier, poet, novelist and activist.


Ceremony Sponsors:

Benefactor Level: Harper Perennial, CLAGS (The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) and Ketel One Vodka; Mentor Level: American Institute of Bisexuality; Friends Level: Bywater Books, Arsenal Pulp Press, Seal Press, Beacon Press, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, The Feminist Press, Torquere Press, Northwest Press, Cleis Press; Gift Bag Level: Scholastic, Sarabande, Northwest Press


24th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners

Lesbian Fiction


Six Metres of Pavement, by Farzana Doctor, Dundrun Press


Gay Fiction


The Empty Family, by Colm Tóibín, Scribner


Lesbian Debut Fiction


Zipper Mouth, by Laurie Weeks, The Feminist Press


Gay Debut Fiction


Quarantine: Stories, by Rahul Mehta, Harper Perennial


Lesbian Memoir/Biography


When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution, Jeanne Córdova, Spinsters Ink


Gay Memoir/Biography


The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood, by Glen Retief, St. Martin’s Press


Lesbian Mystery


Dying to Live, by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou, Bold Strokes Books


Gay Mystery


Red White Black and Blue, by Richard Stevenson, MLR Press


LGBT Anthology


Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, ed. by Michael Hames-García and Ernesto Javier Martínez, Duke University Press


LGBT Children’s/Young Adult


Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy, by Bil Wright, Simon & Schuster


LGBT Drama


A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw, by Peggy Shaw, University of Michigan Press


LGBT Nonfiction


A Queer History of the United States, by Michael Bronski, Beacon Press


LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror


The German, by Lee Thomas, Lethe Press


LGBT Studies


Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes, by Lisa L. Moore, University of Minnesota Press


Bisexual Fiction


The Correspondence Artist, by Barbara Browning, Two Dollar Radio


Bisexual Nonfiction


The Horizontal Poet, by Jan Steckel, Zeitgest Press


Transgender Fiction


Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, ed. by Tristan Taormino, Cleis Press


Transgender Nonfiction


Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels, by Justin Vivian Bond, The Feminist Press


Lesbian Erotica


Story of L, by Debra Hyde, Ravenous Romance


Gay Erotica


All Together, by Dirk Vanden, iloveyoudivine Alerotica


Lesbian Poetry


Love Cake, by Leah Lakshmi Piepza-Samarasinha, TSAR Publications


Gay Poetry


A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos, ed. by David Trinidad, Nightboat Books


Lesbian Romance


Taken by Surprise, by Kenna White, Bella Books


Gay Romance


Every Time I Think of You, by Jim Provenzano, CreateSpace/Myrmidude Press






24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Host Committee

David McConnell – Co-Chair Don Weise – Co-Chair S. Chris Shirley – Co-Chair
Charles Rice-Gonzalez -Director Jamie Brickhouse – Publicity Chair  
Brad Boles James Brooks Mario Lopez-Cordero
David Gale James Hannaham Wayne Hoffman
Michele Karlsberg Dean Klinger Jay Moore
Dan Manjovi Bill Miller Heather O’Neill
Pauline Park Lori Perkins Jay Plum
Melanie La Rosa Patrick Ryan Liz Scheier
Bob Smith Jerl Surratt Linda Villarosa
Warren Wilson  

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My copies of THE DARK SIDE OF THE GLASS arrived today! To celebrate, I’m doing a Giveaway on Goodreads.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Dark Side of the Glass by J.M. Frey

The Dark Side of the Glass

by J.M. Frey

Giveaway ends June 07, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


If you’re not keen on entering the give away, you can pre-order your copy of the novella on Amazon or Barns & Noble. The eBook will be available on JUNE 1st from Double Dragon Publishing, Smashwords, major online book retailers, and wherever else fine eBooks are sold.

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Name a ship in my next book!

I am utter rubbish at naming things in my worlds. So, to celebrate all the awards announcements lately and to make sure the names in my next book don’t suck too horribly: A CONTEST!

In the comment area over here, give me your best idea for a poncy, stuffy, rigorously captained Navy Ship, circa 1890-1910.

You have until Friday May 11th to make your suggestions, and then we will vote on our favourites. The poll will close on May 14th, in the morning.

The winning name will appear in my next steampunk novel, and the person who suggested it will be named in the Thank Yous.



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Thank you!

I just wanted to say thank you to those who reblogged, tweeted, and otherwise helped spread the word about my Open Letter To Fandom and the Triptych give-away last month.

For those of you who got a copy: Thanks for getting in contact with me, and I really hope you enjoy the book. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about it. (No, no, I won’t be scouring TUmblr for fanart… absolutely not…nope… *scours*)

For those of you who didn’t get a free copy: the book is available at Chapters/Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Powels, Amazon, and a plethora of other places. Check with your local independant book shop or my online store for links.

Please keep your fingers crossed for me at the Lambda Awards!

And as an extra thank you, here, have a photo of me holding the book by the London Eye. (Where one of the pivitol scenes takes place)


Picture by Karen Wood

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When the Hero Comes Home – Nominated for a Foreward Book of the Year Award!

WHEN THE HERO COMES HOME, co-edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood is a finalist for ForeWord Book of the Year – Anthology category! Congrats to Gabrielle and Ed, who were brilliant editors and completely deserve this recognition, and bravo to my fellow to contributors for your fantastic tales.

My short story, “The Once and Now-ish King” is in this anthology, but so are so many other incredible books by some fantastic science fiction and fantasy writers.

About When The Hero Comes Home

HEROES come in a thousand guises, and so do stories about them. The only survivor of a war struggles to return to a home that doesn’t exist anymore. A rebel leader loses everything she fought for and must start from scratch. A hero who has fought for her village her whole life must retire into obscurity without ever being known for her deeds. A starship returns to an Earth that is much changed, yet too much the same. A soldier is haunted by the very thing that saved his life. And King Arthur returns in Albion’s hour of need. Dark fantasy. Urban fantasy. Political intrigue. Science fiction. From the horrific to the heartwarming. Introducing 19 pulse-pounding tales, by luminaries and great new voices. Co-edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood. Featuring an introduction by Susan J. Morris

And here is a little bit of my tale, “The Once and Now-ish King”:


The nominees  in the Anthology Category are:

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