The Lambda Literary Foundation revealed their finalists for the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards today, and two Northwest Press books were among them. Jon Macy’s Teleny and Camille is a finalist for Gay Erotica and Justin Hall’s Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny is a finalist for Transgender Fiction. The Awards celebrate annual achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing.
“I’m so proud of Jon and Justin for having their work recognized in such a major way,” said Northwest Press publisher Charles “Zan” Christensen. “For a small publisher who’s happy enough just to be doing something he loves, to have these books honored as finalists for a Lammy is so encouraging and gratifying.”
“I’m thrilled with this nomination!” said Hall. “A tremendous amount of work went into creating the Glamazonia book, and it’s wonderful when that pays off in a big way. I’d also like to thank the other comics creators who contributed to this project, including Diego Gomez, Jon Macy, Fred Noland, and Zan Christensen. I feel blessed to be part of an amazing community of LGBT cartoonists and fans, and hope to keep on making entertaining and challenging comics for as long as I can.”
“I’m just really honored and pleased that a graphic novel could be nominated for such a prestigious award,” said Macy. “It makes all the hard work worth it. I also have to say that Northwest Press is the best publisher in the world, keeping the dream alive for LGBT comics creators.”
This year, the Lambda Awards surpassed 2009’s record for number of books nominated and number of publishers participating; the 2010 finalists were selected from more than 520 titles from about 230 publishers. More than 90 booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, previous winners and finalists, and other book professionals participated in selecting the finalists in 24 categories.
“Some of the increase in nominations stems from the growth in recent years of self-published books,” says Lambda Awards Administrator Richard Labonté, “reflecting an expanding reliance on ever-more-accessible publish-on-demand technology by talented LGBT authors with worthwhile stories to tell—a do-it-yourself approach that hearkens back to the late 1970s and 1980s, when lesbians and gay men established their own presses and launched the queer book boom. The books came, and the Lammys soon followed.”
“These record-breaking numbers are occurring at a time when the publishing industry is under siege and we hear report after report on the death of books,” said Lambda Literary Foundation Board Co-Chair, Dr. Judith Markowitz, “What’s even more heartening is that the quality of those nominations is extremely high. All of this bodes well for the future of LGBT literature and for the Foundation’s continued role in advocating on behalf of that literature.”
Winners of the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards will be announced at a May 26 ceremony in New York at the School of Visual Arts Theater (333 West 23rd Street).
Teleny and Camille and Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny are the first two graphic novel releases from Northwest Press, which was founded in 2010 by publisher Charles “Zan” Christensen. The next Northwest Press book, David Kelly’s Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics will be on store shelves at the end of March, and features a foreword by It Gets Better Project founder Dan Savage.
Northwest Press will be attending the C2E2 comic book convention in Chicago, March 18th-20th, as a guest of Prism Comics, where it will debut Rainy Day Recess and Christensen will appear on a panel discussion about LGBT comics.