Lambda Literary Award winners announced

  • Wednesday June 21, 2017
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Lambda Literary Award winners announced

Lambda Literary, the nation's leading organization advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature, announced the winners of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the "Lammys") at a ceremony on Monday, June 12, hosted by multi-genre artist Justin Vivian Bond at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. A list of the winners follows.


Lesbian Fiction

"Here Comes the Sun" by Nicole Dennis-Benn, Liveright Publishing Corporation.


Gay Fiction

"The Angel of History" by Rabih Alameddine, Atlantic Monthly Press.


Bisexual Fiction

"Marrow Island" by Alexis M. Smith, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Bisexual Nonfiction

"Black Dove: Mama, Mi'jo, and Me" by Ana Castillo, The Feminist Press.


Bisexual Poetry

"Mouth to Mouth" by Abigail Child, EOAGH.


Transgender Fiction

"Small Beauty" by jia qing wilson-yang, Metonymy Press.


LGBT Nonfiction

"How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS" by David France, Knopf.


Transgender Nonfiction

"Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China" by Lei Ming and Lura Frazey, Transgress Press.


Lesbian Poetry (tie)

"play dead" by francine j. harris, Alice James Books.

"The Complete Works of Pat Parker," edited by Julie R. Enszer, Sinister Wisdom/A Midsummer Night's Press.


Gay Poetry

"Thief in the Interior" by Phillip B. Williams, Alice James Books.


Transgender Poetry

"Reacquainted with Life" by KOKUMO, Topside Press.


Lesbian Mystery

"Pathogen" by Jessica L. Webb, Bold Strokes Books.


Gay Mystery

"Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery" by J. Aaron Sanders, Plume .


Lesbian Memoir/Biography

"The Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde" by Dr. Gloria Joseph, Villarosa Media.


Gay Memoir/Biography

"When We Rise" by Cleve Jones, Hachette Books.



Lesbian Romance

"The Scorpion's Empress" by Yoshiyuki Ly, Solstice Publishing.


Gay Romance

"Into the Blue" by Pene Henson, Interlude Press.


LGBT Erotica

"Soul to Keep" by Rebekah Weatherspoon, Bold Strokes Books.


LGBT Anthology

"The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care" by Zena Sharman, Arsenal Pulp Press.


LGBT Children's/Young Adult

"Girl Mans Up" by M.E. Girard, Harper Teen.


LGBT Drama

"Barbecue/Bootycandy" by Robert O'Hara, Theatre Communications Group.


LGBT Graphic Novels

"Wuvable Oaf: Blood & Metal" by Ed Luce, Fantagraphics Books.


LGBT SF/F/Horror

"The Devourers" by Indra Das, Del Rey.


LGBT Studies

"Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display" by Jennifer Tyburczy, University of Chicago Press.


Editor's note: We can speak with conviction when we say that the Lammy for Gay Fiction was well-chosen. "The Angel of History" by Rabih Alameddine is a marvel of imagination, a triumph of daring, a tour de force of fictive technique. "He was a big boy with a push-broom mustache and I couldn't see the features of his face but the name on his tag was Walter Benjamin. I am your angel of history, I said, smiling weakly, but then I realized that I'd misread, his nametag read Walter Bartender. Please, sir, he repeated and his arm approached but I snapped at him. Noli me tangere! You like that, don't you? Walter Bartender must have thought me insane since in this world a symptom of losing one's mind is a readiness to speak it." �" Roberto Friedman