Bi Writers Host Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards
The Bi Writers Association (BWA) are celebrating their Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards ceremony today, June 3rd in New York City at the Westbeth Community Room, a popular arts space in the West Village. The celebration will include the ninth annual Bi Lines, a multi-arts reading, as the entertainment program for the awards ceremony. Hosted by BWA director Sheela Lambert, the ceremony will include live music by Zen Anton and readings by many authors including Elizabeth Beier, who will give a special presentation of her comic book ”Bisexual Trials & Errors.” Other authors who will give readings are:
- Kate Evans / Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel
- Emily Bingham / Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham
- B.R. Sanders / Ariah
- Francis Gideon / A Winter in Rome
- Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth / Peripheral People
- Heidi Belleau & Sam Schooler / Dead Ringer
- Megan Mulry / Bound with Honor
- Erica Yang / Bad Idea
- Redfern Jon Barrett / Giddy Death of the Gays & Strange Demise of Straights
- Sheela Lambert / Bisexuality in Education edited by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
According to BWA director Sheela Lambert, the Bisexual Book Awards is the one place where authors who write bisexual characters, storylines or themes can be honored in such a variety of categories. BWA encourages authors to write bi-themed books, with fresh characters, settings, and topics. Over the 10 years that BWA has been active, there has been significant progress: from 10 bisexual books published in 2006 to over 100 in 2015.
This year, 73 books were submitted to their nine categories: Non-fiction, Memoir/Biography, Fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction, Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror], Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Poetry, and two special categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year. The number of finalists in each category varies, based on the number of books in that category. Each of the nine book categories had a team of judges who spent months reading, assessing and discussing the books.
To learn more about the Bi Writers Association, visit them online at: http://www.biwriters.org/.
by Daniel Chevez, National LGBTQ Task Force Media Relations Fellow