America’s oldest and largest literary arts organization is set to host their 30th annual awards ceremony on Monday, June 4th in New York City. The Lambda Literary Awards, or “Lammy’s”, selected finalists from nearly 1,000 submissions and over 300 publishers, ranging from major mainstream presses to independent presses to self-published works. The Visionary and Trustee Award honorees, the master of ceremonies and celebrity presenters will all be announced in April.

Lambda Literary Executive Director Tony Valenzuela elaborates:

Celebrating our 30th year of Lambda Literary Award finalists is to recognize that this organization has been at the center of contemporary queer literature for decades… This year is no different with another stellar list of authors demonstrating through their work that LGBTQ books tell richly textured stories about who we are in all our incredible diversity.

The awards ceremony will be held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts with a red carpet and ticketed VIP cocktail reception to be held before the ceremony. There is an after-party scheduled at Le Poisson Rouge, which will be open to all who have a general admission ticket. Tickets for all of these events went on sale yesterday and early bird prices are available until April 6th.

67 literary professionals including but not limited to booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, academics, and previous Lambda Award winners volunteered their time to select finalists across 23 categories. Notable nominees include Roxane Gay, Danez Smith, Janet Mock and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. You can read the full list of impressively diverse nominations here.

As always, we are rooting for everyone Black to win!

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