Canadians Honoured at Lambda Awards

June 2, 2011 | Book Buzz

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Four Canadian authors won Lambda Awards on May 27.  Presented by the Lambda Literary Foundation, the "Lammys" are presented to works that celebrate or explore LBGT themes.

Vancouver-based filmmaker and performance artist Amber Dawn was honoured in the Lesbian Debut Fiction category for her novel Sub Rosa.  In the novel, Little, a teenage runaway becomes involved with a mystical underground society of sex workers.  Dark, quirky and compelling, it was named one of the top 5 books of 2010 by Globe and Mail reviewer Jim Bartley.

The Lesbian Poetry Award was presented to Anna Swanson for her collection The Nights Also.  Her work examines the impact of illness, sexuality and solitude on the formation of identity.  The collection has also been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial award.

Holding Still For as Long as Possible by Zoe Whittall won the newly created Transgender Fiction category.  Set in Toronto, the novel explores the lives of a trio of friends in their mid-20s.  The book was also on the shortlist for the Relit award.

Toronto writer S. Bear Bergman and Kate Bornstein's Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation won best LGBT Anthology.  Bergman's book The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You was a Lambda nominee in 2009.

Sub rosa a novel
Holding still

The Lambda Awards are presented in 23 categories. 

For futher suggestions:

LGBT Recommended Reading 2011