Bi Visibility Day site relaunches

Bi Visibility Website

New look September 23 site

September23.bi.org, the website which started more than a decade ago to record UK events to mark the date now includes information about events elsewhere in the world too. 

The site has had a major makeover to gel better with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter – and look a little less 1999.

It now aims to both record past and upcoming events to mark 23rd September each year, and to host and signpost resources and information useful to people doing bi visibility work both on the Day and all year round.

The site is jointly hosted between bi web hub Bi.Org and UK bisexual magazine Bi Community News.

The Best In Bi Reading, 2013

Bi booksThe first USA Bisexual Book Awards, organized by the Bi Writers Association, were presented on Sunday June 2nd. 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 “Girlfag”;
 Kelli Dunham “My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B.”; 
Vincent Meiss “Tio Jorge”. There was also 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 joint winners announced)

    1. Lethe Press: published Beyond Binary, Silver Moon
    1. Riptide Publishing: published Dark Soul, Gleams of a Remoter World
    1. 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

Bi Lammy Winners 2013

Bi booksNews from the USA that the Lambda Literary Awards, or “Lammys,” have announced their winners for all 22 LGBT book awards, which has been reduced from two to only one Bisexual category.

Shortlist: Bisexual Literature
1.      Axel Hooley’s Death Watch List, Scotty-Miguel Sandoe, CreateSpace

2.      Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals, Janet W. Hardy, Beyond Binary Books

3.      History of a Pleasure Seeker, Richard Mason, Random House / Alfred A. Knopf

4.      In One Person, John Irving, Simon & Schuster

5.      My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature

The Bisexual award went jointly to both “In One Person” by John Irving and “My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B”, the posthumously published memoirs of Cheryl Burke.

New Bi Book Awards Announce Shortlist

In the USA, the Bi Writers Association announced their first 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 evening in New York on June 2nd.

Awards will be given in seven categories. Finalists were 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

Best bi book of the year?

Bi booksIn the USA, the Lambda Literary Foundation has announced its shortlists for the best LGBT books published in 2012. The winners in over 20 categories of queer publishing will be revealed on Monday June 3rd – in the meanwhile, here are the five titles shortlisted for the bisexual category.

The finalists for the Bisexual Literature category are (in alphabetical order):

1. Axel Hooley’s Death Watch List, by Scotty-Miguel Sandoe, pub.CreateSpace
2. Girlfag A Life Told in Sex and Musicals, by Janet W. Hardy, pub.Beyond Binary Books
3. History of a Pleasure Seeker, by Richard Mason, pub.Random House / Alfred A. Knopf
4. In One Person, by John Irving, pub.Simon & Schuster
5. My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, by Cheryl Burke, pub. Topside Signature

(links take you to the Amazon pages for each title)

The awards in recent years had two bisexual categories (fiction and non-fiction) however not enough new bi books were nominated to justify two categories this time around: it seems we need to write and put forward more good work!

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