The performers roster for the Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards has been set and we have the details. Organized by the Bi Writers Association, the program consists of readings by finalist authors in contention for awards this year, a presentation of bisexual comic book art and live music by local bisexual musicians, capped off with the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony and an after-party, that all takes place in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Amazing authors from all over the country, and even other countries such as Bolivia, Canada and Germany are converging on New York City for this event.
The Bisexual Book Awards will be returning to the Westbeth Community Room (55 Bethune W. of Washington), a venue with a long history of arts events. Doors open at 6:30. More venue and schedule details can be found on the event’s pages on Facebook or Meetup, where you can also RSVP. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.
Below are the details on all the performers in alphabetical order so read on…
Redfern Jon Barrett
Redfern Jon Barrett is a writer and polyamory rights campaigner whose activism has been featured throughout the British press. He has a doctorate in queer literature and lives in Berlin with his two partners.
Barrett will read from his novel, The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights, his queer take on polyamory and its impact on a group of friends and lovers in south Wales.
Beier will be presenting art & comics from her new comic book, “Bisexual Trials and Errors”, a set of autobiographical comics about dating, crushing, and growing up queer.
Elizabeth Beier is an Oakland-based graphic designer specializing in nonprofit work. She also creates comics, performs at storytelling shows, draws portraits, paints landscapes, and plays the piano. More info on her comics is on her website.
Heidi Belleau & Sam Schooler
Authors Heidi Belleau & Sam Schooler will give a double reading from their erotic romance novel, Dead Ringer. Brandon Ringer is the grandson of a gone-too-soon 1950s Hollywood star, and after inheriting the family mansion (and the bills that go with it), he finds himself working for a lookalike escort service impersonating his own grandfather, where he meets an isolated, chronically ill young man whose connection to Brandon’s grandfather is as deep and complex as his own.
After an adolescence spent scrubbing the queerness out of her writing, Heidi Belleau is continually over the moon about being a published author of LGBT romance. A bisexual woman, she gives her characters the happy endings she couldn’t always imagine for herself. She lives in Alberta, Canada, with her family.
Sam Schooler is a queer author of trope-subverting new adult books about people of all genders and orientations. Her first book, Dead Ringer, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and praise from Booklist and Manhattan Book Review. She lives with her wife and their two cats in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Emily Bingham reveals the hidden story of the outcast princess of one of America’s most powerful families in Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham.
Emily Bingham is the great-niece of Henrietta Bingham, subject of her biography. She is also the author of Mordecai: An Early American Family and the coeditor of The Southern Agrarians and the New Deal: Essays After “I’ll Take My Stand.” She earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and frequently teaches at Centre College. She lives with her family in Louisville, Kentucky.
Kate Evans will read from her memoir, Call it Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel. Upon deciding to live a nomadic life, Evans discovers she has a brain tumor; this story frames a memoir that explores her life as a traveler, teacher, writer, and lover of women and men to reveal that transformation is our nature.
Kate Evans is the author of a memoir, two novels, a collection of poems, and a book about queer teachers. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in more than fifty publications. A former university professor, Kate works as a writing coach. Half the year she lives in Baja California Sur, Mexico, and the other half she’s a nomad.
Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He has appeared in Gay Flash Fiction, Chelsea Station Poetry, and the Martinus Press anthology To Hell With Dante. He lives in Canada with his partner and drinks too much coffee.
Gideon will read from his bisexual triad romance, A Winter in Rome. When Craig’s long-term boyfriend Allan goes to Rome, and he’s left alone with his girlfriend Sybil, Craig feels caught between two lives as he tries to figure out what to do with his future.
Sheela Lambert hosts the show and will read from her chapter on critiquing bisexual books in the non-fiction volume Bisexuality in Education: Erasure, exclusion and the absence of intersectionality.
Lambert is the founder and director of the Bi Writers Association and its programs, such as the The Bisexual Book Awards, the Bi Book Club and Bi Visibility Day Open Mic. She is the editor of Best Bi Short Stories, her anthology of bisexual fiction in multiple genres, and has chapters in Bisexuality in Education and LGBTQ America Today Encyclopedia. Her national bisexual column on byteclay.com has been informing readers since 2009.
Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth
Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth began writing together over fifteen years ago. Together, they are the authors of the award-winning Ylendrian Empire series. They are currently working on more stories, and a petition to have cat hair recognized as a form of currency.
They’ll be doing a dual reading from their sci-fi mystery, Peripheral People. A cynical cop, a powerful psychic, and their partners hunt an interstellar serial killer who tortures victims in their own minds.
Megan Mulry writes sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. Her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today bestseller. Before discovering her passion for romance novels, she worked in magazine publishing and finance. She now writes full time and lives with her family in Florida.
She’ll be reading from her erotic romance, Bound with Honor, an intimate, erotic tale of polyamorous, bisexual aristocrats in Regency England.
Ariah—elf, empath, bisexual—must carve a safe space for himself in a hard world.
B R Sanders is a genderqueer writer who lives and works in Denver, CO, with their family and two cats. Outside of writing, B has worked as a research psychologist, a labor organizer and a K-12 public education data specialist.
Erica Yang is a queer writer of young adult fiction. She enjoys rock climbing, social justice, and using the Oxford comma.
She will perform a reading from her Teen/YA novel Bad Idea: Riva Corley knows it’s a bad idea to kiss a girl because her boyfriend wants her to, but as she sorts through this issue, she realizes she may want to kiss a girl for reasons of her own.
Zen Anton is a born and bred NYC singer/songwriter who’s trashed the water-filled-mini-bar at Gramercy Theatre, been a featured speaker at FED, and is about to release his new EP: Fuck Art. More at www.zenanton.com.
Anton will perform two sets with a mix of original songs and a cover to be revealed.