Lambda Awards Ceremony

It was a grand night in NYC at the Lambda Literary Awards May 27

A super-supportive audience of writers, publishers, editors, agents, readers and many other friends of LGBT writing cheered, applauded and occasionally felt moved to standing ovations.

The awards came in 23 categories, selected by 87 judges, with a total of 462 nominated titles!

Lesbian comic, social commentator and author Kate Clinton was awarded the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award for her long-time body of hilarious, but more importantly, activist work – her speech was hilarious as well, calling herself and her gal pal the last unmarried, childless, pet-less lesbians in the world.


Carsen Taite & JM Redmann

The complete list of winners may be found at www.lambdaliterary.org but favorite moments of mine included JM Redmann winning the lesbian mystery category with her new novel Death of a Dying Man (Bold Strokes Books), bringing back the wonderful PI Mickey Knight for another adventure. In her speech, she noted the marvelous glut of books for and by LGBT writers—

“There are so many books they can’t possibly burn them all.”

The audience cheered.

The lesbian romance category was won by Colette Moody and her wildly imaginative novel The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of the Original Sin. Fast-paced, funny, sexy and simply deliciously written, it’s a MUST-READ. But no more so than all five finalists in the category – Worth Every Step by KG MacGregor, a romantic adventure that combines climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and one of the most honestly written coming out struggles ever; It Should Be a Crime by Carsen Taite (campus and courtroom romance with a bit of mystery, wrapped in a hot love story), Stepping Stone by Karin Kallmaker, giving readers a bird’s eye view from the Hollywood sign to a sexy, romantic studio romance – Karin knows her way with romance! Rounding out the category is No Rules of Engagement by Tracey Richardson – a very topical and expertly written love story with a military setting and terrifically drawn characters. Read ‘em all!


KG MacGregor & Karin Kallmaker

Bywater Books had the thrill of seeing their debut author Jill Malone take home the Lammy for her novel A Field Guide to Deception. There were cheers and whoops and hollers at that announcement.

It was great to hear from Lambda Board President Katherine Forrest, Boys in the Band author Mart Crowley won his first award ever (‘bout time!) and there were wonderful comments from so many others in the industry. Not only was it a grand night in the Big Apple, but the Lammys proved once again, that GLBT writers and publishers (go Bella, Bold Strokes and Bywater and more!) are prolific, determined and hardworking in the face of a changing publishing industry.

Get your summer read on!

Fay Jacobs

Fay Jacobs is a native New Yorker who spent 30 years in the Washington, DC area working in journalism, public relations and theatre. She is the publisher of A&M Books, a successor to the legendary Naiad Press.

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Lambda Awards Winners

Talk about thrilled, amongst last nights winners of the “Lammie” Awards was our very own columnist (and much talented author) Colette Moody, who took home a medal for Best Lesbian Romance with, The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin, from Bold Strokes Books. Way to go, Colette, for this much deserved recognition.

Congratulations also to finalist, Nairne Holtz, in the category of Lesbian Fiction, which the wonderful Jill Malone snagged with her novel, A Field Guide To Deception.

Of course, the team here at Kissed By Venus would also like to extend our heart-felt congratulations to all the finalists and winners.

The full list of winners can be found here: 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards.

Bravo, everyone!

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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Elaine Beale Interview

“I think one of the requisites for anyone who teaches creative writing should be that she actually writes herself. Otherwise, it’s not really possible to understand the challenges that face a writer. After all, it entails a lot more than mastering the various aspects of craft.”

Garnering a number of well-received reviews for her first novel Another Life Altogether from Lambda Literary and the Boston Globe, not to mention being selected as one of only ten books to watch in March 2010 by none other than Oprah Magazine, you would have to say author, Elaine Beale, has definitely started her writing career with a winner.

You’ve gone from teaching creative writing to actually writing, what prompted you to finally take the plunge and write?

I was actually doing my own writing well before I started teaching. In fact, I think one of the requisites for anyone who teaches creative writing should be that she actually writes herself. Otherwise, it’s not really possible to understand the challenges that face a writer. After all, it entails a lot more than mastering the various aspects of craft. On the other hand, not every writer is suited to teaching. Teaching definitely has its own set of requisite skills. I trained as an educator in Britain and have been teaching and training in various fields for a long time. I love teaching and get tremendously inspired and energized by my students. It really helps to feed my own work. And it’s also nice to get away from the computer and the necessary solitude that is the writer’s life. Being out in the world with other people every once in a while is probably good for my mental health.

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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Saints & Sinners

A report from Saints & Sinners,
New Orleans

If you’re a GLBT writer, or reader, there is probably no literary event all year that provides the interest, networking, fun, plus exceptional food and drink than the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans.

Held each year at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel (sitting, as it does on Bourbon Street at the exact line of demarcation between the gay and straight revelry), the classes are challenging and the fun even more so!

There are readings galore, a healthy number of panels on relevant and often controversial topics, a gorgeous pool at the host hotel and go-cups for booze every place you look. Even the non-imbibing authors and book lovers among us had a blast. Enjoy art? I have never seen so many galleries in walking distance.

Love reading (and why else would you be there!)? It’s a chance to meet and greet the authors, allow writers and publishers to exchange promotion tips, have everyone buy books written by friends (and if you come each year, many, many authors will turn into friends!) and generally have a blast.

Hats off to Lee Lynch (author of the amazing Beggar of Love) and JM Redmann (P.I. Mickey Knight is the best!) this year for being inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame and author/publisher Radclyffe for her prolific and wonderful pen and festival participation, along with some of my other favorite authors, Ali Vali, and Carsen Taite (have your read her It Should Be as Crime? Awesome!)

Not only will the event feed your soul, but also your stomach, with fresh beignets and coffee from Café Du Monde, Muffelleta sandwiches from the Central Grocery and Oysters everywhere…oh, I hope that there will be oysters next year…that hideous oil spill is a real threat to both the seafood industry and tourism in New Orleans.

Just like we rallied to help the folks of New Orleans after Katrina, we may need to rally again after BP…and there is no better way to help out than the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in NOLA…I hope to see you there next May!

Fay Jacobs

Fay Jacobs is a native New Yorker who spent 30 years in the Washington, DC area working in journalism, public relations and theatre. She is the publisher of A&M Books, a successor to the legendary Naiad Press.

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The Professor

Title: THE PROFESSOR AND OTHER WRITINGS
Author: Terry Castle
Publisher: Harper Collins, Jan 2010
ISBN: 978-0061670909
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genre: Literary

TERRY CASTLE is a professor of humanities at Stanford and an out lesbian with an engaging approach to an eclectic array of subjects. Her better known works include The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture and Nöel Coward and Radclyffe Hall: Kindred Spirits, a brilliant little study of mutual influence between two early 20th-century writers who have each been reclaimed as part of a homoerotic literary past, but who are rarely mentioned on the same page.

The Professor and Other Writings, a collection of previously published essays and a new, jaw-dropping autobiographical piece about a lesbian affair in academia, is as inconsistent as such collections usually are. But the author’s ability to blend her scholarly interests (in the First World War, for instance) with moving details from her personal life and even her ancestry (a British great uncle killed in 1918) offer insights into both her ideas and her life from various angles.

Jean Roberta

Jean teaches English in a Canadian prairie university, where she is also a consulting editor for the literary journal.

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