Out of Step: A Memoir has been named as a finalist for the 31st annual Lambda Literary Awards in the category of Bisexual Nonfiction! The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on 3 June in New York City.
I’m so honored to be included among this year’s finalists. I think a lot about how my book is received among LGBTQ+ readers, so to be honored in this way is an absolute treasure for me. (Especially since, like many other readers, I used the awards each year as a list of books to check out.)
The announcement follows the book’s inclusion on the American Library Association’s 2019 “Over the Rainbow” list, their annual bibliography of notable works of LGBTQ+ literature.
Here’s a bit more about each of these honors:
The Over the Rainbow Booklist Committee of the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) considered 469 books this year, 284 fiction and 185 nonfiction titles. After careful reading, wide-ranging discussion, and due deliberation, the final Booklist consists of 50 fiction titles in five categories and 54 nonfiction titles in four categories.
With the expansion of queer publishing across the rainbow, the committee read an incredibly diverse collection of titles from major, independent, and self-publishers. Themes running through books this year include: the pros and cons of visibility; the resilience of individuals telling complex stories in their own voices that blurred lines between queerness and disability, class, ethnicity, race, religion and age; a “second phase” of publishing, past the introduction of issues, that addressed law and medical practices; resilience in the face of oppression and violence; and the effects of history on both individuals and culture, envisioning a future outside current circumstances.
For over 30 years, the Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) have identified and honored the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.
The Lammys, which receive national and international media attention, bring together 600 attendees—including nominees, celebrities, sponsors, and publishing executives—to celebrate excellence in LGBTQ publishing. It is the most prestigious and glamorous LGBTQ literary event in the world.