[The JRB Daily] Rabih Alameddine wins Lambda Literary Award for his novel The Angel of History

Lambda Literary, an organisation advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) literature, has announced the winners of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards at a ceremony at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

The Johannesburg Review of Books is proud to announce that a member of our Editorial Advisory Panel, Rabih Alameddine, won the Gay Fiction Award for his novel The Angel of History.

Lebanese-American writer and artist Alameddine is one of the Middle East’s most celebrated voices. His latest novel is set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psychiatric clinic in San Francisco, following the story of Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the haunting events of his life, and struggles with the memories of lovers and friends who died during the height of the Aids epidemic in the 1980s.

Other Lambda Literary Award winners included Jacqueline Woodson and Jeanette Winterson, who were honoured with lifetime achievement awards, and Nicole Dennis-Benn, who won the Lesbian Fiction Award for her debut novel Here Comes the Sun.

‘In a year of great political turmoil, the Lammys were a reminder that our LGBTQ writing community remains at the forefront of resistance to attacks on our communities,’ Lambda Literary Executive Director Tony Valenzuela said. ‘Congratulations to all the winners and honorees. You inspire us.’

29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners

Lesbian Fiction

Gay Fiction

Bisexual Fiction  

Bisexual Nonfiction

Bisexual Poetry

Transgender Fiction

LGBT Nonfiction

Transgender Nonfiction

Lesbian Poetry (TIE)

Gay Poetry

Transgender Poetry

Lesbian Mystery

  • Pathogen, Jessica L. Webb, Bold Strokes Books

Gay Mystery

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Gay Memoir/Biography

Lesbian Romance

Gay Romance

LGBT Erotica

LGBT Anthology

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

LGBT Drama

LGBT Graphic Novels

LGBT SF/F/Horror

LGBT Studies

Main image: Benito Ordoñez

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