My visit to the 2018 Bisexual Book Awards

Last year, I visited The Bisexual Book Award Presentation Ceremony and I interviewed Sheela Lambert, director of the Bi Writers Association who presents this annual event. You can reread it here, to refresh your memory:

This year, I returned. I took up my former position of water bearer and wine jockey as if I’d been doing it all my life. Sheela remained her strong, energetic self but there were a lot of new faces at the event this time around. It was held the Friday before the Lammy Awards, so a lot of international bisexual authors were in attendance that would not normally have been able to make the trip.

Here are the nominees from this year’s awards:

Non-Fiction

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager, HarperCollins
Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child by Telaina Eriksen, Mango Media
Young Bisexual Women’s Experiences in Secondary Schools by Mary-Anne McAllum, Routledge
Memoir/Biography

First Time Ever by Peggy Seeger, Faber & Faber
A Girl Walks Into a Book by Miranda Pennington, Seal Press/Hachette Book Group
What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging by Monica Meneghetti, Dagger Editions/Caitlin Press
Fiction

The Change Room by Karen Connelly, Random House / PenguinRandomHouse
Enigma Variations by André Aciman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press
Keeping the Faith by A.M. Leibowitz, Supposed Crimes
The Mathematics of Change by Amanda Kabak, Brain Mill Press
Pages For Her: A Novel by Sylvia Brownrigg, Counterpoint
Romance

Back To You by Chris Scully, Riptide Publishing
Block and Strike by Kelly Jensen, Dreamspinner Press
Bonfires by Amy Lane, Dreamspinner Press
By the Currwong’s Call by Welton B. Marsland, Escape Publishing/ Harlequin Enterprises Australia
Strays (Urban Soul 2) by Garrett Leigh, Riptide Publishing
Summer Stock by Vanessa North, Riptide Publishing
Erotic Fiction

Cast From the Earth by Leandra Vane, Self-Published
Michael’s Wings by Tiffany Reisz, 8th Circle Press
Rescues and the Rhyssa by TS Porter, Less Than Three Press
The Shape of Veronica by Stephanie Bull, Tau Press

Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.]

Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron, Entangled Teen
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages, Tor Books
Rescues and the Rhyssa by TS Porter, Less Than Three Press
The Rules and Regulations For Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens, Duet Books/Interlude Press
Run In The Blood by A.E. Ross, NineStar Press
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, Duet/Interlude Press
Teen/Young Adult Fiction

Being Roy by Julie Aitcheson, Harmony Ink Press
Grrrls on the Side by Carrie Pack, Duet Books/Interlude Press
I Hate Everyone But You by Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn, Wednesday Books
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, Big Mouth House/Small Beer Press
The Rules and Regulations For Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens, Duet Books/Interlude Press
Mystery

Risky Behavior by L.A. Witt & Cari Z, Riptide Publishing
Suspicious Behavior by L.A. Witt & Cari Z, Riptide Publishing
Poetry

Primates from an Archipelago by Irene Suico Soriano, Rabbit Fool Press
Truth Be Bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS by Julene Tripp Weaver, Finishing Line Press
Publisher of the Year

Dreamspinner Press
Duet Books/Interlude Press
Less Than Three Press
Riptide Publishing

Bi Writer of the Year

Sylvia Brownrigg (Fiction) Pages For Her, Counterpoint
Karen Connelly (Fiction) The Change Room, Random House/ PenguinRandomHouse
Carmen Maria Machado (Fiction) Her Body and Other Parties, Graywolf Press
Monica Meneghetti (Memoir/Bio) What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging, Dagger Editions/Caitlin Press
Peggy Seeger (Memoir/Bio) First Time Ever, Faber & Faber

I have a number of pictures below for your enjoyment! The 2018 winners are posted below the pictures. Authors and publishers, please feel free to use these images as needed.* No need to credit back.

 

 

Winners were:

Non-Fiction: Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child by Telaina Eriksen, Mango Media
BIO (tied): First Time Ever by Peggy Seeger, Faber & Faber
What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging by Monica Meneghetti, Dagger Editions/Caitlin Press
Fiction: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press
Romance: By the Currwong’s Call by Welton B. Marsland, Escape Publishing/ Harlequin Enterprises Australia
Erotic Fiction: Rescues and the Rhyssa by TS Porter, Less Than Three Press
Spec Fic: The Rules and Regulations For Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens, Duet Books/Interlude Press
YA: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, Big Mouth House/Small Beer Press
Mystery: Suspicious Behavior by L.A. Witt & Cari Z, Riptide Publishing
Poetry: Truth Be Bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS by Julene Tripp Weaver, Finishing Line Press
Publisher (tied): Duet Books/Interlude Press
Less Than Three Press
Writer of the Year: Peggy Seeger (Memoir/Bio) First Time Ever, Faber & Faber

 

I have interviews with a number of the nominess. Look for an upcoming column with these wonderful authors on UndergroundBookReviews.Org

 

*Note: these are not models and these images are not stock images.

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