16th Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced.

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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 Men’s Fiction category, for instance, the settings include New York theatrical life, Gertrude Stein’s 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, click here)

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 here.

About 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 men’s 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.


 

 


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