I’ve just crammed the last item in my suitcase for GCLS — it was a long-sleeved North Face pullover, an absolute necessity for the arctic blowers that cool the convention halls. Just one more day before I get to catch up with all my pals again. I’m disappointed that some of the regulars won’t make it this year, but Patty Schramm says that registration is near the all-time high, which means VIRGINS, lots of VIRGINS!
If you aren’t already registered for GCLS, I’m going to assume you won’t be coming. Check back here next week for excerpts from my keynote speech.
In other news, I was in New York a couple of weeks ago for the Lammy Awards. Congrats to Cate Culpepper for winning the most competitive category (Lesbian Romance), and to Val McDermid, who won in Lesbian Mystery, and also picked up a much-deserved Pioneer Award. Val’s remarks made us all proud to write for the worldwide community of lesbian readers.
While in New York, I also attended my first meeting as a new member of the board of trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation. It’s a very exciting honor to serve on the board, especially alongside some truly talented & dedicated people. I hope in my tenure to build support for the LLF among my readers, but even more than that, to throw the weight & prestige of this literary organization behind our popular stories.