Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced.
For immediate release
Media contact: Jim Marks 202-682-0952
Washington, DC The Lambda
Literary Foundation announced the Finalists for the 16th Annual
Lambda Literary Awards, celebrating achievements in gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender (GLBT) literature in 2003.
This year, 100 finalists are
recognized in twenty categories, reflecting a diverse range
of distinguished voices from the GLBT community. In the Gay
Mens Fiction category, for instance, the settings include
New York theatrical life, Gertrude Steins Paris, a rapidly
modernizing Beijing, rural upstate New York and the urban
"circuit" party set. The Lesbian Fiction category
is just as varied, exploring the darker reaches of Los Angeles,
Sierra Nevada ski resorts, a working class Chicana childhood
in northern California, a family with dark secrets in London,
Ontario, and a New-Agey nunnery. Best-selling novelist Patricia
Highsmith is the subject of two finalist books (a biography
and a memoir), and in a sign of the maturing of GLBT
book publishing pioneering novelist and biographer
Edmund White is himself the subject of a biography. Previous
Lammy award finalists Terry Wolverton and Michelle Tea, whose
books competed in the Memoir category last year, have returned
with nominations in the Lesbian Poetry category.
The full range of the publishing
community is represented from mainstream international publishing
houses to the varied small independent presses. This year,
Los Angeles-based Alyson Publications boasts the most nominees
with fifteen nominations spanning ten categories. New York's
Kensington Publishing has eight finalists in six categories.
Cleis Press, located in San Francisco, grabs five finalists
in four categories and Firebrand Books, after recently re-opening,
is a contender for the highly coveted Lesbian Fiction award.
(For the complete list of finalists,
Seventy-four judges, presenting
a broad cross-section of the gay and lesbian literary world,
will select a single book in each category to win the prestigious
Lambda Literary Award, considered to be the highest accolade
for a book from the GLBT community.
The Awards gala will be held
in Chicago at the prestigious Chicago Mart Plaza Hotel on
June 3rd, 2004, on the eve of the annual Book Expo conference.
Tickets are $125 for the dinner ($100 if purchased by March
31) and $175 for the dinner and gala reception ($145 if purchased
by March 31). To order online, click
the Lambda Literary Foundation
The non-profit Lambda Literary Foundation is the only national
organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of
gay and lesbian literature. The Foundation publishes the
Lambda Book Report, a monthly GLBT book review and writers
resource magazine, and The James White Review, a gay
mens literary quarterly. Additionally, it organizes
the annual Lambda Literary Awards and an annual writers
conference, the Lambda Literary Festival. The Lambda Literary
Foundation is headquartered in Washington, D.C.