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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]
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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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Press Contact: Sheela Lambert
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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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Musicians Rorie Kelly and Ben Silver confirmed for Bi Lines [04 May 2013|01:38pm]
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Indie rocker Rorie Kelly and folk musician Ben Silver will be livening up the program at Bi Lines with their musical riffs. Both are returning favorites to the Bi Lines program.


BWA Logo-Med

BWA Title-small
& NUYORiCAN POEtS CafE
Present
Bi Lines VI:
A Multi-Arts Celebration of
Bisexual Writing
Readings! Music! Art!

Sun June 2, 2013
6:30pm Book Signings
7-9:30pm Bi Lines Program
9:30 Book Signings
10pm After-Party
Bisexual book authors of 2012 read from their works.
Plus live music, tattoo photography & after-party!


Host: Sheela Lambert, Founder Bi Writers Association
Author Readings:
Annette Lapointe, Whitetail Shooting Gallery
Donnelle McGee, Shine
Ellen Kushner, Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction
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 or 917-583-1797
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Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing >Sun June 2nd at Nuyorican Poets Cafe [25 Apr 2013|11:50am]

Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing, hosted by the Bi Writers Association, is coming on Sunday June 2nd! Our location is Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the same wonderful venue we had last year. Founded in 1973, Nuyorican's purpose has always been to provide a stage for the artists traditionally under-represented in the mainstream media and culture. They have a bar, so you will not have to go thirsty during the program. (FYI: they do not serve food.)

Location: Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Address: 236 East 3rd Street between Avenue B and Avenue C. Zip code 10009.
Website http://www.nuyorican.org/

Tickets: $10 available on Nuyorican's website soon or you can buy them at the door.

Schedule:
Doors open at 6:30 for book signings.
Program 7-9:30pm.
More book signings until 10pm.
After party: stay and drink until the bartender goes home! Maybe we can order pizza.


Artists confirmed for the program so far:

Author Readings:


  • Annette Lapointe, Whitetail Shooting Gallery

  • Donnelle McGee, Shine

  • Ellen Kushner, Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction

  • 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 Meiss, Tio Jorge

Art:
Ink & Steel: slideshow presentation of Efrain Gonzalez' photography book of tattoos & piercings

Music:
Musical Performances: TBA


We hope you can join us for the most amazing bisexual arts event of the year!

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This Sunday! Bi Lines V: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing [01 Jun 2012|10:59pm]
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BWA Title-Med

 & Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Present


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Bi Lines V:

A Multi-Arts Celebration of

Bisexual Writing

Readings! Music! Theater! Art!

 

Sun June 3, 2012
 6pm Book & CD Signings 6:30-8:30pm Program

Celebrated 2011 bisexual book authors, finalists & nominees for
the bisexual Lambda Literary Awards, read from their works.

Plus live music, live theater, graphic art & soul food after-party!

 Hosted by Bi Writers Association, co-sponsored by Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Tickets $8
Purchase advance tickets at http://www.nuyorican.org/ or pay at door.

Schedule:
6pm Book signings
6:30-8:30 Program
8:30-9pm Book signings
9-11 Soul Food After Party nearby

Readings:
The Correspondence Artist, Barbara Browning -Lammy Award finalist
Sovereign Erotics, Qwo-Li  Driskill -Lammy Award finalist
The Horizontal Poet, Jan Steckel -Lammy Award finalist
Triptych, J.M. Frey -Lammy Award finalist
Surviving Steven: A True Story, Ven Rey -Lammy Award finalist
a + e 4ever: A Graphic Novel, Ilike Merey
Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections
and Challenges,
Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio -Lammy Award finalist
Straight Jock Pussy, Christopher Trevor
The Last Nude, Ellis Avery

Theater Performance:
Scene from Confessions of a Homo Thug Porn Star by James Earl Hardy (author B-Boy Blues) starring Johnathan Cedano as Tiger Tyson

Musical Performances:
Viva
Rorie Kelly

Art:
Art slideshow from a + e 4ever: A Graphic Novel by Ilike Merey

After-Party:
Soul food after party nearby

Info:
Questions? Contact info (at) biwriters.org or 917-583-1797

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Boyfriends with Girlfriends [06 Dec 2011|02:34pm]


New Bisexual Book Review:

Boyfriends with Girlfriends: New teen novel is bursting with bisexual characters

By Sheela Lambert, Founder, Bi Writers Association

Boyfriends with Girlfriends is a teen/young adult novel about four suburban teens, two bisexual and two gay,
two boys and two girls, two pairs of best friends, who are in different stages of dealing with their orientation
when they meet, but grow in the process of getting to know each other. Full article here

More recent articles by Sheela Lambert:
  1. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Bisexual character inspires new film

  2. Bisexual baseball discrimination lawsuit settled

  3. 10 bisexual and queer moments at the American Music Awards

  4. Movie stars Jason Segel and Paul Rudd make out with tongue on SNL

  5. Bisexual's survival guide to Thanksgiving

More bisexual book articles by Sheela Lambert:
  1. Damn You, Scarlet O'Hara reveals bisexuality of Laurence Olivier & Vivien Leigh

  2. Bisexual books of 2010: Nonfiction

  3. Bisexual books of 2010: Fiction

  4. Guide to getting your book nominated for a Lammy Award

  5. Bisexual book review: Complementary Colors

  6. Dismantled: enthralling ghostly tale interwoven with bisexuality

  7. John Cheever biographer Blake Bailey dishes about the famous and eccentric bisexual author

  8. Ann Herendeen reveals the hidden bisexuality in Pride and Prejudice

  9. Literary Latina Myriam Gurba on her queer novella Dahlia Season

  10. Confessions of an unapologetic bisexual hippie: Interview with Hunga Dunga author Phil Polizatto

  11. Love You Two: bi & poly book interview with Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

  12. Shocking new bisexual biography of Paul Newman says affairs with Brando, James Dean, Steve McQueen

  13. Map by Audrey Beth Stein: bisexual book review

  14. Bisexual Books of 2009

  15. Interview with Bobbie Geary: Author of bisexual novel The Janeid

  16. Bisexuality emerges in teen/young adult fiction: The Suicide Year

  17. Bisexuality emerges in teen/young adult fiction: Queer Greer

  18. Bisexuality emerges in teen/young adult fiction: Love You Two

  19. Openly bisexual poet Carol Ann Duffy: new Poet Laureate of Britain

  20. Best bisexual books of 2008: fiction

  21. Best bisexual books of 2008: non-fiction

  22. The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer: bisexual book review

  23. The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames: bisexual book review

  24. E. Lynn Harris was controversial author of bisexual book



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From black to Pink: Bisexual book interview with YA author Lili Wilkinson [16 Nov 2011|06:19am]

Ava feels torn between several worlds: she’s a black-wearing, ironic, school-hating lesbian for her girlfriend Chloe; she’s pink-wearing, boy-crazy, ambitious and studious for her “pastel” friends at her new transfer high school; she’s a sarcastic sci-fi nerd for her stage crew buddies; and a black-wearing intellectual for her parents, who seem to have more in common with Chloe than with her. Like most teens, she wants to fit in, but since the different groups she belongs to have opposite expectations, she winds up walking a precarious tightrope of conflicting roles, impeding her ability to know and understand herself. Her juggling act cant last forever and is in danger of coming down like a house of cards, as her worlds get closer and closer to a collision course.

Sheela Lambert: What inspired you to address the topic of bisexuality in your novel, Pink? And what made you want to address it in a YA (young adult) book?  

Lili Wilkinson: It started with a speech that writer/publisher David Levithan gave at a conference in Melbourne, Australia. He talked about the importance of making sure every teenager could find a book in their school or public library that reflected who they were. David talked about growing up as a gay teenager, and not seeing himself in any of the books he read. I thought about all of the books out there now about gay teenagers (still not enough, in my opinion), and realized that most of them were about coming out, and that there were very few books about bisexual teens. I wanted to write a book for the teenagers who weren't sure which box they fit into. 

Read the rest of Sheela's interview with Pink author Lili Wilkinson on Examiner.com.


More bisexual book articles by BWA founder Sheela Lambert:

Damn You, Scarlet O'Hara reveals bisexuality of Laurence Olivier & Vivien Leigh
Bisexual books of 2010: Nonfiction
Bisexual books of 2010: Fiction
Guide to getting your book nominated for a Lammy Award
Bisexual book review: Complementary Colors
Dismantled: enthralling ghostly tale interwoven with bisexuality
John Cheever biographer Blake Bailey dishes about the famous and eccentric bisexual author
Ann Herendeen reveals the hidden bisexuality in Pride and Prejudice
Literary Latina Myriam Gurba on her queer novella Dahlia Season
Confessions of an unapologetic bisexual hippie: Interview with Hunga Dunga author Phil Polizatto
Love You Two: bi & poly book interview with Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Shocking new bisexual biography of Paul Newman says affairs with Brando, James Dean, Steve McQueen
Map by Audrey Beth Stein: bisexual book review
Bisexual Books of 2009
Interview with Bobbie Geary: Author of bisexual novel The Janeid
Bisexuality emerges in teen/young adult fiction: The Suicide Year
Bisexuality emerges in teen/young adult fiction: Queer Greer
Bisexuality emerges in teen/young adult fiction: Love You Two
Openly bisexual poet Carol Ann Duffy: new Poet Laureate of Britain
Best bisexual books of 2008: fiction
Best bisexual books of 2008: non-fiction
The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer: bisexual book review
The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames: bisexual book review
E. Lynn Harris was controversial author of bisexual book

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Bi Lines IV: A Celebration of Bisexual Writing in Reading, Music & Culture [28 Jan 2011|04:02pm]


 
 

presents




Bi Lines IV

A Celebration of Bisexual Writing

in Reading, Music & Culture

Friday May 27, 2011
  Doors open 6:30 for book signings
Program 7-9:30pm

NYC LGBT Community Center
208 W. 13 St. 7-8 Ave 10011

Celebrated 2010 bisexual book authors, nominated for
the “Lammy” LGBT Book Awards,
read from their works.

Plus live music and bi culture.


Authors on the program:

Cecilia Tan: author Black Feathers, founder of Circlet Press  Contrib to Bisexual Nonfiction nominee book The Mammoth Book of Threesomes and Moresomes
Daniel Allen Cox - Krakow Melt  Bisexual Fiction finalist!
Ann Herendeen - Pride/Prejudice  Bisexual Fiction finalist!
Michael Gregg Michaud - Sal Mineo  Bisexual Nonfiction finalist!
Malena Watrous - If You Follow Me Bisexual Fiction finalist!
Georgeann Packard - Fall Asleep Forgetting Bisexual Fiction finalist!
Ann Tweedy - Beleaguered Oasis  Bisexual Fiction nominee
Nora Olsen - The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World
Musicians: Robin Renee, Rorie Kelly & Ben Silver
Comedy & song: Donna Redd
Theater: Excerpt from Lost and Found by Marsha Sheiness
After party at Village Den, around the corner from LGBT Center

This project is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Dept of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

For more info read article:

Come to Bi Lines IV: bisexual books, live music, theater and art



Click below for photos & articles of last year's Bi Lines event:

Dont miss Bi Lines III: the biggest bi culture event of the year in NYC


Photos from Bi Lines III:
photos by Efrain Gonzalez

More photos of Bi Lines III:
photos by Morgan Goode

 

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Bi Lines IV: A Celebration of Bisexual Writing in Reading, Music & Culture - May 2011 [25 Oct 2010|03:56pm]




 

presents


Bi Lines IV

A Celebration of Bisexual Writing

in Reading, Music & Culture


[Date below tentative
 pending Nov 1, 2010 announcement of Lammy Awards date,
since Bi Lines piggybacks on the Lammys and falls on the night after]


Friday May 27, 2011
 Program 7-9:30pm  
Doors open 6:30 for book signings

 

Celebrated 2010 bisexual book authors, most nominated for
the “Lammy” LGBT Book Awards,
read from their works.

Plus live music and bi culture.

Location TBA (probably the NYC LGBT Community Center)
Program details will be added in 2011


Click below for photos & articles of the most recent Bi Lines event:


Dont miss Bi Lines III: the biggest bi culture event of the year in NYC


Photos from Bi Lines III:
photos by Efrain Gonzalez

More photos of Bi Lines III:
photos by Morgan Goode



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