Justin Vivian Bond! John Irving! Janis Ian! Nick Burd! Augusten Burroughs! Jacqueline Woodson! And some librarian you’ve never freaking heard of: ME! Yes, I was lucky enough to be a presenter at the Lambda Literary Awards. I spent the entire night whispering ERMAHGERD over and over again under my breath. There were just too many amazing people in the same room with me and I was fangirling like a maniac. First, I knew I’d be presenting the award for LGBT books for Children/Young Adults, which is obviously a category of literature I’m extremely passionate about. Second, my co-presenter was Nick Burd, author of The Vast Fields of Ordinary, a beautiful and sometimes creepy book that I truly adore. In case you were wondering, Nick is handsome and charming in addition to talented, which is totally unfair. Third, the very one and only lovely and glamorous Justin Vivian Bond was there! And v talked to me! And was wonderful and gorgeous and everything I knew v would be. Whoever sat Justin in front of me, thank you. I was on the verge of happy “I’m so excited”-tears all night. Here are some out-of-focus pictures from the evening.
Afterwards, there was a cocktail party on the top of the New Museum. Tim and I did our best imitation of mingling while trying not to appear too excited about the open bar and beautiful view.
I cannot believe that this regular old public librarian got to hang out with such glamorous and talented people all night. Right before I walked onto the stage, they announced that I worked for Brooklyn Public Library, and people started applauding (for the library, not for me). It was so uplifting to be among people who appreciate libraries and literature and the important work of LGBTQ authors and artists. During the night, I’d see a book cover or hear a person receive an award (specifically Cherrie Moraga and Sassafrass Lowrey) and immediately I’d start saying: “I want to read that”!. I wish I could go hide under a rock and read all the winning and nominated titles. Is your to-read list empty? Have no fear. Take a look at this year’s winners and nominees. You can’t go wrong.
More than anything, I’d like to thank my handsome and dashing buddy Karl Jones for giving me this tremendous opportunity. You’re a doll, doll.