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Bi Writers Association has a new website! [11 Sep 2014|12:49pm]
We finally have a new website! This one is a 'website for dummies' type of site that's only a bit more complicated than using a blog. We'll never have to suffer the embarassment of having an out of date website again because our director can now keep the website updated herself. Check it out!
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New Website Under Construction [09 Aug 2014|01:20pm]
Our new website is currently under construction. The new one is user-friendly and doesnt require knowledge of coding in order to be designed or updated. We've been very frustrated that our website is constantly out of date so we're very excited about this new development! The new site should be up and running by September 8 or even sooner.
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Winners of the Second Annual Bisexual Book Awards Announced [03 Jun 2014|05:59pm]
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Cecilia Tan of Circlet Press and Lori Perkins of Riverdale Avenue Press posing with their awards for Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year Award...it was a tie!

New York, NY-The Second Annual Bisexual Book Awards ceremony, organized by the Bi Writers Association (BWA), took place on Sat, May 31, honoring six categories of bisexual books and two special categories, for books published in 2013. The bisexual book categories were for Fiction, Non-fiction, Speculative Fiction (which includes Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror and more), Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Biography/Memoir and Erotic Fiction/Erotica. The Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year award rewards publishers for publishing multiple, quality bi-themed books and Bi Writer of the Year is reserved for an out bi writer whose book is notable and influential.

"Even though this is only our second outing, we have attracted more bisexual book nominations than any other literary awards in history--with a total of sixty books," says Bi Writers Association founder/director Sheela Lambert, "adding weight to the notion: 'if you build it, they will come.' We are thrilled that so many quality books were nominated and thrilled that the work we've been doing to encourage publication of bisexual books over the past eight years has been working! We hope this momentum continues," says Lambert.

The dedicated judges, one team for each of the six categories, spent over five months reading, critiquing and deliberating; first picking a list of finalists, then from that narrowed down list, picking the winners. The finalist and winners of the two special awards were chosen by BWA director Sheela Lambert.

Two publishers, Circlet Press and Riverdale Avenue Books, stood out this year for several reasons: they each published and nominated multiple bisexual books, they each had finalists in the awards and they each are dedicated to publishing bisexual material. "I was having the toughest time deciding which one deserved the award. Eventually I gave up and called it a tie!," said Lambert.

Shiri Eisner was chosen as the Bi Writer of the Year. Her book, "Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution" was the first book on bisexual politics published in a long time and was not only comprehensive and thought provoking, it was also influential. It inspired a Bi Book Club in New York City formed solely to study that one book, one chapter per meeting, for eight meetings. Which has now inspired BWA to start its own Bi Book Club to study other bisexual books and discuss the issues they raise.

The awards ceremony was augmented by a fabulous presentation visual by BiRequest leader Paul Nocera, showing the finalist books arranged in circles around the points of the star topping the award trophy with a bi pride flag in the background.
The awards ceremony was preceded by Bi Lines VII, a multi-arts reading by several nominated finalists of the Bisexual Book Awards, with musical interludes and visual art. There was also a couple of readings by contributors to Best Bi Short Stories, an anthology of bisexual literary fiction in multiple-genres that came out the day of the awards and will be eligible next year.

BWA director Sheela Lambert hosted the awards and was joined by LGBT literary star, author/publisher Cecilia Tan (Slow Surrender/Circlet Press) and bi community fan favorite author Ann Herendeen (Pride/Prejudice, Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander) in handing them out. Of course, Tan could only hand out awards Circlet Press was not up for, which was joked about from the stage, since Circlet had finalists in three of the eight awards.

After the awards, performers, award winners and audience decamped to the afterparty nearby at Café Gitane at the Jane Hotel where food and drinks were imbibed and much literary conversation was had.

Second Annual Bisexual Book Awards Winners:

Bisexual Fiction: The City of Devi by Manil Suri, W. W. Norton & Company

Bisexual Non-fiction: Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen, Northwest Press

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.]: Pantomime by Laura Lam, Strange Chemistry

Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction: Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Bisexual Biography/Memoir: The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, Alden Jones, Terrace Books/The University of Wisconsin Press

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica: The Reunion by Adriana Kraft, B&B Publishing

Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year: (Tie) Circlet Press and Riverdale Avenue Books


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Manil Suri receiving his award for Bisexual Fiction for "The City of Devi" from BWA Director Sheela Lambert.
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Winners of the Second Annual Bisexual Book Awards [02 Jun 2014|01:54pm]
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Bisexual Book Awards displayed on the Bi Pride Flag / Photo by Truc Kempner

On Saturday May 31st, the winners of our second annual Bisexual Book Awards were announced at a ceremony following Bi Lines VII, our annual multi-arts reading. The winners are:

Bisexual Fiction: The City of Devi by Manil Suri, W. W. Norton & Company

Bisexual Non-fiction: Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen, Northwest Press

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy Horror/Etc.]: Pantomime by Laura Lam, Strange Chemistry 

Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction: Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Bisexual Biography/Memoir: The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, Alden Jones, Terrace Books/The University of Wisconsin Press

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica: The Reunion by Adriana Kraft, B&B Publishing

Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year: (Tie) Circlet Press & Riverdale Avenue Books

Bi Writer of the Year: Shiri Eisner, author of Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Seal Press

Congratulations to all the winners!

If you'd like to know more about our fabulous judges, click here.

More photos of Bi Lines VII and the Bisexual Book Awards will be posted soon.

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Charles "Zan" Christensen receiving the Bisexual Non-fiction Award from Cecilia Tan,
with Ann Herendeen and Sheela Lambert on the right. /Photo by Efrain John Gonzalez
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Judges of the Second Annual Bisexual Book Awards [30 May 2014|03:19pm]
Our dedicated judges did an amazing job, spending over five months reading, critiquing and discussing books. They deserve a lot of credit and have some pretty impressive credentials that we wanted to share with you.

Ammy Achenbach, co-author of Few of the Many Adventures of Oliver Toliver, is working toward a PhD, has an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing. When she is not writing, she can be found spending time with her husband and furkids, Rosco, Teddy and Saxon.

Geer Austin is the author of Cloverleaf, a chapbook from Poets Wear Prada Press. His poetry and fiction has appeared in Big Bridge, BlazeVOX, Ginosko Literary Journal, Potomac Review, and many other journals and anthologies.

Bill Crosby is a New York-based attorney. He is an avid reader who particularly enjoys LGBT-themed fiction. He is actively involved with the New York bisexual discussion group BiRequest, and serves as a board member for Theatre Askew, a theater company that focuses on LGBT productions.

Kate Evans is the author of The Footholds Will Appear: An Odyssey of Life, Love, Sex and Travel (forthcoming), two novels, a collection of poems and a book about queer teachers. A writing coach and nomad, she lives in Baja Sur, Mexico, when she’s not on the road. beingandwriting.blogspot.com

Janet W. Hardy has authored/coauthored 11 books about relationships and sexuality, including The Ethical Slut and Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals. She’s traveled the world, speaking about ethical multipartner relationships, erotic spanking and beyond. She is the Editorial Director for Greenery Press and Down There Press.

Ann Herendeen is the author of the novels Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander and Pride/Prejudice, a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Bisexual Fiction (both HarperCollins); short story A Charming Menage (Gay City Anthology 4, At Second Glance); and eBook fantasy series Lady Amalie’s Memoirs, which chronicles m/m/f family life.

Long Island native Florence Ivy graduated from SUNY Purchase’s creative writing program, and works as a writer and photographer. Her short story collections Inside Out and What Little Girls Are Made Of are available on Amazon and iTunes, respectively. She resides in New York with her partner, cats and reptiles.

Basil Papademos is the author of Mount Royal: There’s Nothing Harder Than Love, winner of the 2013 BiLines Book Award for Erotic Fiction and short-listed for the 2013 Re-Lit Award. His upcoming novel is How To F♥ck Your Psychiatrist. He currently lives in Bangkok.

Phil Polizatto is the author of Hunga Dunga and the erotic novel Saltydog (under a pseudonym). He’s also written for a major news service, a national ad agency and the online magazine Worldwide Hippies. A published poet, composer and award-winning corporate film producer, he resides in the Pacific Northwest.

Sarah E. Rowley, a former acquisitions editor, spent 10 years in publishing. She is the co-editor of two editions of Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World with Robyn Ochs; and she has published essays and reviews of bisexual content for AfterEllen.com, Bi Women Quarterly and other venues.

Sarah Spilsbury is a reader, writer, broadcaster and bi-activist (Brum Bi Group) based in Birmingham, UK.

Jan Steckel’s poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. She is looking for a publisher for her short story collection Ghosts and Oceans.

Sarah E. Stumpf is a Teen Services Librarian for the White Oak Library District in the southwest Chicago suburbs. She is the co-founder of Bisexual Books (bisexual-books.tumblr.com), a blog devoted to views and reviews of literature from the bisexual perspective.


David Sullivan is a retired police officer-turned-writer/editor/proofreader. His self-improvement book is Wisdom is the Answer; Common Sense is the Way (under his legal name, James Giambrone, Jr.) and his bisexual erotic novel is Hearts United (out of print). All his bi stories came down when his publisher closed, but he's working on being re-published. https://biwriter.wordpress.com/

A.J. Walkley is an author, activist and blogger based in Phoenix, AZ. She has three novels to her name: Choice (2009), Queer Greer (2012) and Vuto (2013). Her books tackle thought-provoking subjects, including teenage pregnancy, bisexuality and Third World women’s rights, respectively. She is working on her fourth novel. ajwalkley.com

Lili Wilkinson has authored eight YA novels, including The Zigzag Effect, Scatterheart and Pink, 2011 Stonewall Honour Book and Lambda Literary Award finalist. She established the teen reading website insideadog.com.au at the State Library of Victoria, Australia, and the Inky Awards. She’s studying for her PhD at the University of Melbourne.
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Performer lineup for Bi Lines VII [25 Apr 2014|02:30am]

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Bi Lines VII & The Bisexual Book Awards: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing is coming up on May 31st, so we thought you might like to know more about the authors and performers on our program. More info will be posted as it becomes available.

Performers for Bi Lines VII program:

CeciliaTan3 Cecilia Tan ("Dragon's Daughter" from Best Bi Short Stories) is a writer, editor, and sexuality activist. She is the author of Slow Surrender, The Prince’s Boy, Mind Games, The Hot Streak, White Flames, Edge Plays, Black Feathers, The Velderet, and Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords, as well as the Magic University series of paranormal erotic romances. She has the distinction of being perhaps the only writer to have erotic fiction published in both Penthouse and Ms. magazines, as well as in scores of other magazines and anthologies including Asimov’s, Best American Erotica, and Nerve. She is the founder and editor of Circlet Press, publishers of erotic science fiction and fantasy, the founder and creator of the Fetish Fair Fleamarket ™, and was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame for GLBT writers in 2010.

ManilSuri3 Manil Suri (The City of Devi) is the author of the novels The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of Devi. His fiction has won the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize and been shortlisted for the Pen-Faulkner Award, with translations into 27 foreign languages. He was raised in Mumbai and currently resides in Maryland, where he is professor of mathematics at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County.


MaryAnneMohanrajAlbertYanez2 Mary Anne Mohanraj (The Stars Change) wrote Bodies in Motion (a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, translated into six languages) and nine other titles. Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010.  She has taught at Clarion and is Clinical Assistant Professor of fiction and literature at the Univ. of Illinois. She serves as Executive Director of both the Speculative Literature Foundation and DesiLit. Mohanraj’s newest book is The Stars Change. She is keynote speaker at the BECAUSE Conference in June. She lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park with her partner, Kevin, two small children, and a sweet dog.

MarinaPeraltacrop4 Marina Peralta (Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity) was raised in Mexico City. In 1979 She immigrated to the US. She is a well known psychotherapist, based in San Diego, who specializes in the treatment of children, young adults, adults and families dealing with sexual identity issues and abuse. She also owned two successful dance schools in Mexico, where she taught her passion for dancing.

CZC3 Charles "Zan" Christensen (Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight) has been a fixture on the comics scene for the past dozen years as an activist for LGBT comics creators and a supporter of better representation in comics in general. He founded the nonprofit Prism Comics, which has been providing support for LGBT comics creators since 2003, and started the comics and graphic novel publishing house Northwest Press in 2010. In May, Northwest Press is set to release its 12th full-length project, Jon Macy's Fearful Hunter, as well as its first ongoing monthly series, Leia Weathington's The Legend of Bold Riley. Zan lives and works in Seattle.

LenaChandhok2Lena H. Chandhok (Comics Made Me Queer from Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight) is a Brooklyn-based comic artist, illustrator, and Center for Cartoon Studies alumna who is up for drawing just about anything. She also makes stickers, charms, and prints. She self- publishes several minicomics, the best-known of which are Abominable, Leftovers Are Good Luck, and Pony Tale. She has also contributed work to several comics publications, including Slate Magazine, and her work has been reviewed on The Comics Journal. Her newest piece is featured in the upcoming anthology, Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond "Gay" and "Straight", which debuted at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013.

MichaelDavidGordon3 Michael-David Gordon has performed all over the place as a singer (Midwood, Brooklyn to Moscow, Russia) with various and sundry ensembles. He is currently lead singer of "The Meetles" (Beatle cover band) as well as The Gordon-Huggins Band (originals & R & B), The Pocket Band (mixed bag) and is open to other gigs. He is also a professional, working actor for 25 plus years and damn happy to be among y'all in Bi-space..(clap ya hands...!)

BushraRehmanbyJaishriAbichandani3 Bushra Rehman's first novel Corona, a poetic on-the-road adventure about being South-Asian in the U.S. was noted among 2013’s Best Debut Fiction by Poets & Writers, and featured in the LA Review of Books among a new wave of South Asian American Literature and is a Lambda Literary Award finalist for 2014. Rehman also co-edited the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism which was included in Ms. Magazine’s 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.

 JeanRobertacrop2 Jean Roberta (The Flight of the Black Swan) has taught English for a quarter-century in a Canadian university where she has recently begun teaching Creative Writing. Her diverse erotic stories have appeared in approximately one hundred print anthologies, an out-of-print novel, three single-author collections and a novella, The Flight of the Black Swan (Lethe Press). Anthologies including her work have won awards from Lambda Literary, EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection) and Independent Publishers Association. The opinion pieces she wrote for a monthly column, Sex Is All Metaphors (based on a line in a poem by Dylan Thomas), are available as an e-book from www.eroticanthology.com.  She co-edited OutSpoken: Perspectives on Queer Identities (2013), an anthology of articles based on presentations in a queer faculty speakers series. She married her long-term female partner in 2010. More here: www.JeanRoberta.com

JRYussuf3 J.R. Yussuf ("Face to Face" from Best Bi Short Stories) is a New York based writer, actor and photographer. He has been published in Instigatorzine, FOCUS Magazine, The CultureLP and the upcoming anthologies, Best Bi Short Stories and Double Consciousness: An Autoethnographic Guide to My Black American Existence. He has written short stories, poetry, monologues, fictional letters, fictional journal entries, answering dear abi letters, journalism, pop culture, sexual health and political-cultural studies pieces. Yussuf graduated from Stony Brook University with his B.A. in Theater Arts.

SheelaHeadshot Sheela Lambert (host) is the founder and director of the Bi Writers Association and its programs, such as the The Bisexual Book Awards and the Bi Lines Reading Series. Best Bi Short Stories, her anthology of bisexual literary fiction, is due out in time for this event. Her national bisexual column on Examiner.com has been informing readers since 2009 and she is also published by LGBTQ America Today Encyclopedia, Huffington Post, Advocate.com, Curve Magazine, Lambda Literary Review, Journal of Bisexuality, Gay & Lesbian Review, AfterEllen, AfterElton, GO Magazine, Bisexual.com, and Hakomi Forum.

HowellMooney3 Howell Mooney is a multi-instrumentalist and neoclassic singer-songrocker. He has made appearances in a statistically impossible array of locations in the New York music scene. Since his first New York performance at a Planned Parenthood benefit at Galapagos, this solo artist and highly promiscuous collaborator has caressed the drumskins with Ricky Riot of the late, lamented political punk/klezmer act Schmekel; torn up the stage at Otto’s Shrunken Head with his own surf-rock outfit, The Maui Hurricane; toured the cafes of Montreal with The Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a radical marching band; interpreted Gershwin with the poet and drama scholar Bender; and seduced the audience with solo voice and dumbek as a featured performer in MANDONNA, an all-male Madonna tribute. Mooney enjoys candle-lit dinners, long walks on the beach, and subverting the dominant paradigm through full-spectrum aural-emotional transubstantiation.

Bisexual Book Awards & Bi LinesVll
A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing
Date/Time/Location:  Sat May 31st at 6:30pm, at Westbeth Community Room in the West Village, 55 Bethune St. just West of Washington St. New York NY 10014.

Tickets: $12 at the door.

Schedule: Book signings 6:30pm, stage program 7-9:30, more book signings until 10:00pm. Afterparty 10:00pm-1am


Program: Our program will include readings, live music, projected art from a bisexual comic anthology, capped off with the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony and an afterparty.

Directions: Option 1
-Take A train to 14 St. Walk west to Washington Street. Turn L on Washington and walk down to Bethune. Make R on Bethune.
Option 2-Take #1 train to Christopher St../Sheridan Sq. Walk west on Christopher to Washington St. Make R on Washington and walk up to Bethune. Turn L on Bethune.

Afterparty Location: Cafe Gitane at the Jane Hotel. Cash bar/food-no entrance fee. We'll walk over together after the event.

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New artists for Bi Lines: Cecilia Tan, Michael David Gordon & J.R. Yussuf [18 Apr 2014|03:45pm]

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[Photos left to right: Cecilia Tan, Michael David Gordon, J.R. Yussuf]

New artists have been added to the Bi Lines program!

Cecilia Tan is a writer, editor, and sexuality activist. She is the author of Slow Surrender, The Prince’s Boy, Mind Games, The Hot Streak, White Flames, Edge Plays, Black Feathers, The Velderet, and Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords, as well as the Magic University series of paranormal erotic romances. She has the distinction of being perhaps the only writer to have erotic fiction published in both Penthouse and Ms. magazines, as well as in scores of other magazines and anthologies including Asimov’s, Best American Erotica, and Nerve. She is the founder and editor of Circlet Press, publishers of erotic science fiction and fantasy, the founder and creator of the Fetish Fair Fleamarket ™, and was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame for GLBT writers in 2010.

Michael David Gordon is a professional singer, actor and director. {bio coming soon}

J.R. Yussuf is a New York based writer, actor and photographer. He has been published in Instigatorzine, FOCUS Magazine, The CultureLP and the upcoming anthologies, Best Bi Short Stories and Double Consciousness: An Autoethnographic Guide to My Black American Existence. He has written short stories, poetry, monologues, fictional letters, fictional journal entries, answering dear abi letters, journalism, pop culture, sexual health and political-cultural studies pieces. Yussuf graduated from Stony Brook University with his B.A. in Theater Arts.


The Bisexual Book Awards & Bi Lines VII: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing, organized by the Bi Writers Association, will be held on the evening of Sat May 31, at Westbeth in the West Village, 55 Bethune St. just west of Washington St. (FYI: The Bisexual Book Awards are two days before the Lammy Awards.)

Tickets: $12 at the door.

Schedule: Book signings begin at 6:30pm, the stage program will be from approx 7-9:30, with more book signings until 10pm. Afterparty 10pm-?

Our program will include multiple readings, live music, projected art from a bisexual comic anthology, capped off with the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony.

This is what we've confirmed for the program so far, with more to come:

Manil Suri, author of novel The City of Devi
Cecilia Tan & J.R. Yussuf, contributors to Best Bi Short Stories
Bushra Rehman, author of semi-autobiographical novel Corona
Marina Peralta, author of memoir Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity
Jean Roberta, author of erotic novel The Flight of the Black Swan
Charles “Zan” Christensen & Lena Chandhok, Presentation of art & reading from Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight
Michael David Gordon: Live music

Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony: Presentation of Awards
Afterparty: TBA

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Manil Suri author of City of Devi announced for Bi Lines program [16 Apr 2014|03:04pm]
An exciting new author has been added to our lineup for the Bi Lines VII program which precedes our Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony. Manil Suri's novel, The City of Devi, is a finalist for the Bisexual Fiction Award and he is the author of two previous novels, The Death of Vishnu and The Age of Shiva, both reviewed by the New York Times Book Review.

The other authors currently on the program are:

Bushra Rehman, author of semi-autobiographical novel Corona
Marina Peralta, co-author of memoir Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity
Jean Roberta, author of erotic novel The Flight of the Black Swan
Lena Chandhok, contributor to Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight
More authors TBA

The Bisexual Book Awards and Bi Lines VII, a reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, will take place on Saturday May 31, so save the date! The festivities will be held in the community room at Westbeth in the West Village, a popular arts venue at 55 Bethune, corner of Washington St., a few blocks from the LGBT Community Center.

Doors will open at 6:30pm for book signings, the program is from 7-9:30pm, with more book signings until 10pm and an after-party nearby, location TBA.

Bi Lines VII will feature readings from Bisexual Book Awards finalists, live music and projected art from Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen. More details will be announced throughout April and May as they become available.

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Bisexual Book Awards announces finalists [15 Apr 2014|10:30pm]
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New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announces the finalists for their Bisexual Book Awards today in six book categories and two additional categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year. The awards are for books published in 2013.

Sixty books were nominated to our second Bisexual Book Awards. "We are thrilled that an unprecedented number of bisexual books were nominated this year. No book awards has ever seen 60 bisexual book submissions," says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. The previous record was held by the Lammy Awards, who received 33 nominations to their bisexual book categories in 2011.


Although this is only the second year of the Bisexual Book Awards, BWA has been working towards these same goals since our formation in 2006. "It’s our goal to increase awareness of bisexual books, to inspire authors to write more novels with bisexual characters, more non-fiction on bisexual topics, more openly bisexual memoirs, and to encourage more publishers to publish them. It’s working!" says Lambert.

Books were allowed to cross-nominate to multiple categories, if appropriate. But the general fiction category got so huge this year, any books also nominated to a genre fiction category, had to be removed. According to Lambert, "judges were complaining they had too many books to read. We were just not expecting this many books!"

A team of judges for each category has been working away for months to read and assess all the books and these are the finalists they have chosen. Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on May 31st, following Bi Lines VII, a reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, to be held in New York City. Check this blog for program details and updates.


Finalists for the Bisexual Book Awards:
(listed alphabetically by title)

Bisexual Fiction

  • The City of Devi by Manil Suri, W. W. Norton & Company

  • Corona by Bushra Rehman, Sibling Rivalry Press

  • Hild by Nicola Griffith, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

  • The Last Place She’d Look by Arlene Schindler, ExtravaGonzo

  • My Education by Susan Choi, Viking Adult

  • The Spirit of Detroit by Frank Anthony Polito, Woodward Avenue Books

  • The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt, Bloomsbury


Bisexual Non-fiction

  • Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen, Northwest Press

  • Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta with Penelope James, Barriers Press

  • The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television, Maria San Filippo, Indiana University Press

  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Shiri Eisner, Seal Press

  • Kissing Oscar Wilde: A Love Story In The City Of Light by Jade Sylvan, Write Bloody Publishing


Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror]

  • Coda by Emma Trevayne, Running Press Kids

  • The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell, Harcourt Children’s Books

  • Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

  • Love in The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, Henry Holt and Co.

  • Pantomime by Laura Lam, Strange Chemistry

  • The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj, Circlet Press

  • Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books


Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction

  • Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins (Gravel Road Series), Saddleback Educational Publishing

  • Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

  • Love in The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, Henry Holt and Co.

  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, Arthur A. Levine Books

  • Pantomime by Laura Lam, Strange Chemistry

  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books


Bisexual Biography/Memoir

  • Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen, Northwest Press

  • Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta with Penelope James, Barriers Press

  • The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, Alden Jones, Terrace Books/The University of Wisconsin Press


Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica

  • The Flight of the Black Swan: A Bawdy Novella by Jean Roberta, Lethe Press

  • House of Sable Locks by Elizabeth Schechter, Circlet Press

  • Memoirs of a Gigolo Omnibus by Livia Ellis, Vol. 1-4, Riverdale Avenue Books/Desire

  • The Reunion by Adriana Kraft: B&B Publishing

  • Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women’s Erotica edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Cleis Press


Special Awards:

Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year

  • Circlet Press

  • Riverdale Avenue Books


Bi Writer of the Year

  • Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta with Penelope James, Barriers Press

  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Shiri Eisner, Seal Press

  • The Flight of the Black Swan: A Bawdy Novella by Jean Roberta, Lethe Press

  • Memoirs of a Gigolo Omnibus by Livia Ellis, Vol. 1-4, Riverdale Avenue Books/Desire

  • The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis, Simon & Schuster

  • Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women’s Erotica edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Cleis Press

  • A Wind of Knives by Ed Kurtz, Snubnose Press

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Authors for Bi Lines Program Announced [14 Apr 2014|02:36pm]
The Bi Writers Association announces its first batch of authors for the Bi Lines program, all finalists for the Bisexual Book Awards:

Bushra Rehman, author of semi-autobiographical novel Corona
Marina Peralta, co-author of memoir Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity
Jean Roberta, author of erotic novel The Flight of the Black Swan
Lena Chandhok, contributor to Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight
More authors TBA

The Bisexual Book Awards and Bi Lines VII, a reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, will take place on Saturday May 31, so save the date! The festivities will be held in the community room at Westbeth in the West Village, a popular arts venue at 55 Bethune, corner of Washington St., a few blocks from the LGBT Community Center.

Doors will open at 6:30pm for book signings, the program is from 7-9:30pm with more book signings until 10pm and an after-party nearby, location TBA.

Bi Lines VII will feature readings from Bisexual Book Awards finalists, live music and projected art from Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen. More details will be announced throughout April and May as they become available.

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Save the date! Bi Lines VII Multi-Arts Reading & Bisexual Book Awards-Sat May 31 [22 Mar 2014|02:00pm]

The Bisexual Book Awards and Bi Lines VII, a reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, will take place on Saturday May 31, so save the date! The festivities will be held in the community room at Westbeth in the West Village, a popular arts venue at 55 Bethune, corner of Washington St., a few blocks from the LGBT Community Center.

Doors will open at 6:30pm for book signings, the program is from 7-9:30pm with more book signings until 10pm and an after-party nearby, location TBA.

Bi Lines VII will feature readings from Bisexual Book Awards finalists, live music and projected art from Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen. More details will be announced throughout April and May as they become available.

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Bisexual Book Awards Announces its Nominees [22 Mar 2014|01:47pm]

The Bi Writers Association announces the nominees for its second annual Bisexual Book Awards, in six categories: Bisexual Fiction, Bisexual Non-fiction, Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror] Bisexual YA Fiction [Teen/Young Adult], Bisexual Biography/Memoir and Erotic Fiction/Erotica. A total of 60 books were nominated, a record number of bisexual books nominated to any book awards in any year.

Books can be nominated by the publisher, the author or the Bi Writers Association and could be nominated to multiple categories. However, there were so many fiction books nominated this year that all the genre fiction had to be removed from the general fiction category part way through the nomination period, or the judges would have had to read over 50 books.

The finalists will be announced in April and the winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony and Bi Lines VII, a reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, that will take place on Saturday May 31, so save the date. The festivities will be held in the community room at Westbeth in the West Village, a popular arts venue. Doors will open at 6:30pm for book signings, the program is from 7-9:30pm with more book signings until 10pm and an after-party nearby, location TBA.

Bi Lines VII will feature readings from Bisexual Book Awards finalists, live music and projected art from Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen. More details will be announced in April and May.

2013 Bisexual Book Awards Nominees:

Bisexual Fiction
1. Appetite by Talya Andor, Less Than Three Press
2. Broken in Soft Places by Fiona Zedde, Bold Strokes Books
3. The City of Devi by Manil Suri, W. W. Norton & Company
4. Corona by Bushra Rehman, Sibling Rivalry Press
5. Down in Cuba, Vincent Meis, Fallen Bros.
6. Enemy Combatant by Ron Albury, Createspace
7. Found Objects by Peter Gelfan, Nortia Press
8. Hild by Nicola Griffith, Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan
9. In His Secret Life by Mel Bossa, Bold Strokes Books
10. Isle of Wishes by Sue Brown, Dreamspinner Press
11. The Last Place She’d Look by Arlene Schindler, ExtravaGonzo
12. Madness in Small Towns by Iza Moreau, Black Bay Books
13. My Education by Susan Choi, Viking Adult/Penguin
14. Nevada by Imogen Binnie, Topside Press
15. The Spirit of Detroit by Frank Anthony Polito, Woodward Avenue Books
16. Tell Me by Deanna DiLorenzo, Blackstone Publishing
17. The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt, Bloomsbury
18. A Wind of Knives by Ed Kurtz, Snubnose Press

Bisexual Non-fiction
1. Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen, Northwest Press
2. Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta with Penelope James, Barriers Press
3. Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Shiri Eisner, Seal Press
4. The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, Alden Jones, Terrace Books/The University of Wisconsin Press
5. The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television, Maria San Filippo, Indiana University Press
6. In Bed with Gore Vidal by Tim Teemen, Riverdale Avenue Books
7. Kissing Oscar Wilde: A Love Story In The City Of Light by Jade Sylvan, Write Bloody Publishing
8. Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics by Jackie Huba, Portfolio Hardcover
9. No End of the Bed, Lauren J. Barnhart, Knotted Tree Press
10. The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis, Simon & Schuster

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror]

1. Angel on the Ropes by Jill Shultz, Jill Shultz
2. The Art of Forgetting: Rider by Joanne Hall, Kristell Ink
3. Bisexual Vegetarian Zombies by Ron Albury and Eric Kilpatrick, CreateSpace
4. The Children of Gavrilek (Volume 1) by Julie Kirtón Chandler, Sly Snake Publishing
5. Coda by Emma Trevayne, Running Press Kids
6. Cythera by Jo Graham, Supposed Crimes
7. The Devil’s Concubine by Jill Braden, Wayzgoose Press
8. The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell, Harcourt Children’s Books
9. Extraordinary Deviations by Raven Kaldera, Circlet Press
10. House of Sable Locks by Elizabeth Schechter, Circlet Press
11. Hungry Ghost (Tales of the Pack Book 2) by Allison Moon, Lunatic Ink
12. Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
13. Love in The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, Henry Holt and Co.
14. Pantomime by Laura Lam, Strange Chemistry
15. The Queerling by Austin Gary, Deckle Press
16. Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson, Grand Central Publishing
17. The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj, Circlet Press
18. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books

Bisexual YA Fiction [Teen/Young Adult]
1. Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins (Gravel Road Series), Saddleback Educational Publishing
2. Coda by Emma Trevayne, Running Press Kids
3. The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell, Harcourt Children’s Books
4. Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
5. Love in The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, Henry Holt and Co.
6. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, Arthur A. Levine Books
7. Pantomime by Laura Lam, Strange Chemistry
8. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books
9. Tides by Betsy Cornwell, Clarion Books
10. Wonderland by David-Matthew Barnes, Bold Strokes Books

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica
1. Collaring the Saber Tooth, Book One in the Masters of the Cats Series by Trinity Blacio, Riverdale Avenue Books/ Desire
2. Cythera by Jo Graham, Supposed Crimes
3. Deep Focus by M.L. Caufax, Fantastic Fiction Publishing
4. Extraordinary Deviations by Raven Kaldera, Circlet Press
5. The Flight of the Black Swan: A Bawdy Novella by Jean Roberta, Lethe Press
6. Held in Dreams by Ava Burquette, Fantastic Fiction Publishing
7. House of Sable Locks by Elizabeth Schechter, Circlet Press
8. Memoirs of a Gigolo Omnibus, Vol. 1-4, Riverdale Avenue Books/ Desire
9. No Safewords edited by Laura Antoniou, Circlet Press
10. The Reunion by Adriana Kraft: B&B Publishing
11. Spank Me, Mr. Darcy by Jane Austen and Lissa Trevor, Riverdale Avenue Books/ Desire
12. The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj, Circlet Press
13. Three in a Bed by Joy Daniels, Louisa Bacio, and Trinity Bacio, Riverdale Avenue Books
14. Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women’s Erotica by Rachel Kramer Bussell, Cleis Press
15. Wedding Bells Times Four, Book One in the Virgin Witch and the Vampire King Series by Trinity Blacio, Riverdale Avenue Books/ Desire

Bisexual Biography/Memoir

1. Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen, Northwest Press
2. Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta with Penelope James, Barriers Press
3. In Bed with Gore Vidal by Tim Teemen, Riverdale Avenue Books
4. The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, Alden Jones, Terrace Books/The University of Wisconsin Press
5. Kissing Oscar Wilde: A Love Story In The City Of Light by Jade Sylvan, Write Bloody Publishing
6. No End of the Bed, Lauren J. Barnhart, Knotted Tree Press
7. The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis, Simon & Schuster

There will also be awards for Bi Writer of the Year and Publisher of the Year to be chosen by the Bi Writers Association.

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Date of Bisexual Book Awards May Change [06 Jan 2014|12:02am]
We had trouble securing a space this year for June 1st so may have to change our date to May 31st. We'll announce when the decision is final.
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Save the date! Sun June 1, 2014 for Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony & Bi Lines VII [21 Nov 2013|09:01pm]
The Bi Writers Association announces that the date of its Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony and its annual reading, Bi Lines VII: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing, will be held on Sunday June 1st, 2014.

Nominations for book awards are open until Jan 3. We expect to have eight awards, including six book categories:

1.    Bisexual Fiction
2.    Bisexual Non-Fiction
3.    Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror]
4.    Bisexual YA Fiction
5.    Bisexual Biography/Memoir
6.    Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica

Plus there will be an award for Bi Book Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year, for a total of eight awards.

More information about our Bisexual Book Awards and our Nomination Guidelines are on our blog.

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Nominations Now Open for Bisexual Book Awards [11 Oct 2013|12:00pm]

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Bisexual Book Awards / Books of 2013  

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) is celebrating National Coming Out Day by announcing that nominations are now open for its second annual Bisexual Book Awards. Any 2013 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or bisexual theme, is eligible for nomination. Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be nominated by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association, however, anyone may contact BWA and suggest a book for nomination. There are nine categories total, seven of which have open nominations. There is no fee to nominate a book.

A panel of judges will decide each category. Books are judged on three main criteria: quality of overall writing; quality of writing about bisexual characters, bisexual themes or bisexual material; quantity of bisexual material. Finalists will be announced by May 1st, and winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards in June of 2014. The Awards date is TBA. The Bisexual Book Awards will be preceded by BWA's annual multi-arts reading, Bi Lines VII, which will feature bi book authors of 2013.

“Bisexual books have few opportunities for recognition, even at LGBT book awards,” says Bi Writers Association founder Sheela Lambert. “Last year there was only one bisexual category at one LGBT book awards. Bisexual books deserve more attention than that, so we created our awards in order to shine a spotlight on them. In addition to recognizing books and authors for their achievements, the Bisexual Book Awards process creates a complete annual list of bisexual books for readers, and encourages more bisexual books to be written and published,” says Ms. Lambert.

This is the first open nominations for the Bisexual Book Awards. The awards for 2012 books were organized in a shorter period of time, so nominations were all made by the Bi Writers Association.

To nominate a book, first read the Bisexual Book Awards Guidelines, then send an email to the Bi Writers Association at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with: name of book, author name, publisher, year of publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a nomination form.

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Guidelines for Bisexual Book Awards [10 Oct 2013|04:52pm]
Bi Writers Association
Bisexual Book Awards / Books of 2013

Guidelines

Who can nominate books?
Books can be nominated by the author, publisher or the Bi Writers Association (BWA). However, anyone may suggest a book for nomination.

What books can be nominated?

  • Any book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or bisexual themes.

  • Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity (except for the Bi Writer Award.)

  • Books should be first published in 2013.

  • Books should be published in English.

  • Books must be published in print--not only E-book format.

When can books be nominated?
Nominations are open now and will close on Jan 3rd.

Judging
A panel of judges will decide each category. Books are judged on three main criteria:
1.    Quality of overall writing
2.    Quality of writing about bisexual characters, bisexual themes or bisexual material
3.    Quantity of bisexual material

Finalists
Finalists will be chosen in each category by the judges. The number of finalists in a category can vary depending on the number of books nominated to that category and the number of books that the judges find deserving. Finalists will be announced by May 1st.

Winners
Winners are chosen by judges and will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards in 2014. Tentative date is June 1st but will be confirmed soon.

How to nominate?
Contact the Bi Writers Association at: fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with name of book, author name, publisher, year of publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a nomination form. Fill out and return via email, attaching one Ebook copy of the book for the judges. Then send one copy of the physical book to the Bi Writers Association (address provided on the nomination form.) Email fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com or call BWA at 212-928-3558 if you have any questions about nominating your book.

What are the fees? There is no fee to nominate a book.


What are the categories?
The main two categories are Bisexual Fiction and Bisexual Non-Fiction. Additional categories (below) will be used, created or unused, depending on the number of books in each category. There must be at least three books in a category for that category to be used. Books should first be nominated to Bisexual Fiction or Bisexual Non-Fiction, then to any other categories below that seem appropriate. (BWA reserves the right to remove a book from a category it doesn’t fit.)

Categories for Nomination:

1.    Bisexual Fiction
2.    Bisexual Non-Fiction
3.    Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror]
4.    Bisexual YA Fiction
5.    Bisexual Biography/Memoir
6.    Bisexual Poetry
7.    Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica

Additional Categories:
Nominations for these categories are handled a bit differently, see below:

8. Bi Book Publisher of the Year
Awarded to the press who publishes the most bisexual books in 2013. *Publishers should notify BWA of all the bi-themed books in their catalogue for 2013 so we can make an accurate tally for the Bi Book Publisher of the Year Award.

9. Bi Writer Award
Awarded to an openly bi/bisexual/pansexual/fluid author of a bisexual book or openly bi/bisexual/pansexual/fluid editor of a bisexual anthology.
*Only the BWA and judges nominate authors to this category, after reading the books. Winner is chosen with input of judges from all categories.
 
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BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS [06 Jun 2013|09:17am]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6th 2012

Press Contact: Sheela Lambert
info at biwriters dot com

BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS

The first, groundbreaking Bisexual Book Awards, organized by the Bi Writers Association, took place on Sunday June 2nd at Nuyorican Poets Café. The awards ceremony was preceded by a multi-arts program, with readings from eight of the nominated books including, Annette Lapointe/Whitetail Shooting Gallery;
 Basil Papademos/Mount Royal;
 Donnelle McGee/Shine;
 Ellen Kushner/Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction;
 Erynn Rowan Laurie/ Fireflies at Absolute Zero;
 Janet Hardy (The Ethical Slut)/Girlfag;
 Kelli Dunham/My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B.; 
Vincent Meiss/Tio Jorge; plus live music by bisexual singer-songwriters Rorie Kelly and Ben Silver, and an art photo slideshow presentation of tattoos and extreme piercings by bisexual photographer Efrain John Gonzalez, from his book, Ink and Steel.

Following the multi-arts program was an awards ceremony announcing the winners of seven categories: Bisexual Fiction, Bisexual Non-fiction, Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica, Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror], Bisexual Poetry, the Bi Book Publisher of the Year and the Bi Writer Award. Winners were thrilled to be recognized for their efforts.

"There are so few opportunities for bi-themed books to be recognized and rewarded. The Bi Writers Association decided that, since other book awards have not been stepping up, we needed to provide more of those opportunities ourselves, in order to encourage publication of bisexual books," says Bi Writers Association founder Sheela Lambert.

This year, Lambda Literary Awards had only one category for bisexual books, Publishing Triangle had none and neither did any other book awards, LGBT or otherwise. The Bisexual Book Awards, by contrast, offered seven categories: five bisexual book categories, open to authors of any orientation; one category for publishers; and one for the best bi writer of the year from any genre.


Books were judged on three main aspects and ideally, winning books are expected to excel at all three:
1.  Quality of overall writing
2.  Quality of writing about bisexual characters, bisexual themes or bisexual material
3.  Quantity of bisexual material

Bisexual Book Awards winners:

Bisexual Non-Fiction
My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature

Bisexual Poetry
Fireflies at Absolute Zero, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Hiraeth Press

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica
Mount Royal, There’s nothing harder than love, Basil Papademos, Tightrope Books

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror]
Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press

Bisexual Fiction
In One Person, John Irving, Simon & Schuster

Bi Book Publisher of the Year (three-way tie)

  1. Lethe Press: published Beyond Binary, Silver Moon

  2. Riptide Publishing: published Dark Soul, Gleams of a Remoter World

  3. Sibling Rivalry Press: published For the Comfort of Automated Phrases, Shine

Bi Writer Award
Cheryl Burke for My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Topside Signature

To see photos of the awards ceremony click this link.
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Bisexual Book Awards Finalist List is Out [22 May 2013|04:36pm]

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The Bi Writers Association announces their Bisexual Book Award finalists today. The winners will be revealed and awards bestowed at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony following the Bi Lines VI reading and multi-arts program on June 2nd.

Awards will be given in seven categories. Finalists are announced today for all categories except Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year, which will be kept secret until the awards ceremony. The awards are open to people of all orientations, except the Bi Writer Award, which goes to the best bi author of the year, from all the categories combined.

Books were nominated by the Bi Writers Association and allowed to be nominated to any category they fit. No limits were set on number of finalists, but were narrowed down to the best in each category by the judges. Bisexual Fiction had the most nominees, and therefore, the most finalists. The judges are a combination of award-winning writers, respected bi writers and passionate bi book readers.

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Bisexual Book Awards Finalists List:

Bisexual Fiction
1. Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Edited by Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press

2. History of a Pleasure Seeker, Richard Mason, Random House / Knopf
3. In One Person, John Irving, Simon & Schuster
4. The Last Nude, Ellis Avery, Riverhead Books
5. Mount Royal, There’s nothing harder than love, Basil Papademos, Tightrope Books
6. Silver Moon, Catherine Lundoff, Lethe Press
7. Whitetail Shooting Gallery, Annette Lapointe, Anvil Press Publishers

Bisexual Non-fiction
1. Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals, Janet W. Hardy, Beyond Binary Books
2. My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature

Bisexual Poetry
1. Fireflies at Absolute Zero, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Hiraeth Press
2. Love Without Limits: The Bi-Laws of Love, Yazmin Monet Watkins, Red Journal Publications
3. Shine, Donnelle McGee, Sibling Rivalry Press

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica
1. Mount Royal, There’s nothing harder than love, Basil Papademos,
2. The Poet and the Prophecy: Magic University Book Four, Cecilia Tan, Ravenous Romance
3. Times Square Queer: Tales of Bad Boys in the Big Apple, Mykola Dementiuk, Renaissance eBooks

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror]

1. Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press
2. Gleams of a Remoter World, Fiona Glass, Riptide Publishing
3. The Poet and the Prophecy: Magic University Book Four, Cecilia Tan, Ravenous Romance
4. Silver Moon, Catherine Lundoff, Lethe Press

Bi Writer Award
1. Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press
2. Fireflies at Absolute Zero, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Hiraeth Press
3. Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals, Janet W. Hardy, Beyond Binary Books
4. My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature
5. Mount Royal, There’s nothing harder than love, Basil Papademos, Tightrope Books Inc.
6. The Poet and the Prophecy: Magic University Book Four, Cecilia Tan, Ravenous Romance
7. Silver Moon, Catherine Lundoff, Lethe Press
8. Times Square Queer: Tales of Bad Boys in the Big Apple, Mykola Dementiuk, Renaissance eBooks
9. Whitetail Shooting Gallery, Annette Lapointe, Anvil Press Publishers

Bi Book Publisher of the Year -Winner will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards, June 2nd in New York City.

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Bi Lines VI & Bisexual Book Awards: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing [18 May 2013|05:16pm]
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& NUYORiCAN POEtS CafE

Present
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Bi Lines VI:
A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing
& Bisexual Book Awards

Sun June 2, 2013
6:30 Book Signings
7pm Bi Lines Program
& Awards

9:30 Book Signings
10pm After Party


Bisexual book authors of 2012 read from their works.
Inaugural Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony:
Winners are announced!

Plus live music, tattoo photography & after-party!


Host: Sheela Lambert, Founder Bi Writers Association
Author Readings:
Annette Lapointe, Whitetail Shooting Gallery
Basil Papademos, Mount Royal
Donnelle McGee, Shine
Ellen Kushner,Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction
Erynn Rowan Laurie, Fireflies at Absolute Zero
James Earl Hardy (B Boy Blues Series), Can You Feel What I'm Saying?
Janet Hardy (The Ethical Slut), Girlfag
Kelli Dunham, My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B
Vincent Meis, Tio Jorge
Art: Efrain Gonzalez, Ink & Steel: slideshow of his tattoo & piercing photography
Musicians: Rorie Kelly, Ben Silver     


Tickets $10: in advance at www.nuyorican.org or at the door
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St. between Aves. B-C 10009
Questions? info@biwriters.org www.biwriters.org
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Bi Writers Association announces its inaugural Bisexual Book Awards! [11 May 2013|05:45am]
The Bi Writers Association announces its inaugural Bisexual Book Awards, to be held June 2nd. The first bisexual book awards held anywhere, ever! BWA programs Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing and the Bisexual Book Awards will be converging on the same night: they complement each other beautifully because awards shows traditionally feature arts entertainment.

Our inaugural awards will have seven categories: Bisexual Fiction, Bisexual Non-fiction, Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica, Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror], Bisexual Poetry, Bi Book Publisher Award and the Bi Writer Award. Most of the categories were dictated by the types of bi-themed books published this year and what genres they fit into. We also wanted to honor one superlative bi/bisexual/pansexual/fluid author with the Bi Writer Award, which is for best bi author of the year, regardless of genre. Bi Book Publisher of the Year will go to the publisher who has published the most bi-themed books.

"Getting a bi-themed book published is often difficult. Bisexual books and authors dont have the same opportunities for recognition that other books do. The main LGBT book awards only has one category for bisexual books and others have none. The Bi Writers Association decided that we need to do more to promote publication of bisexual books, and to recognize and celebrate the bi-themed books that do get published, their authors and their publishers. Creating our own Bisexual Book Awards, where we could have more categories to recognize the achievements of bi book authors, seemed like the best way to do that. We're very excited about our very first awards season!" says Bi Writers Association founder Sheela Lambert.
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