Liz Smith to introduce John Waters for Lambda Literary's Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature
Waters, the honoree for Excellence in Literature, is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, art collector and the author of five books, including Carsick and Role Models.
He is best known for his transgressive cult films, Female Trouble, Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, and Polyester which star the legendary Divine. His mainstream film, Hairspray, was adapted to a long-running Broadway musical, which was adapted to a hit musical film. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland where all his films are set.
He (and his trademark pencil-thin mustache) will be introduced by New York City's «Living Landmark» Smith. Since 1976, Smith has brought her Texan wit, verve and nerve to a daily column for several venues and is currently syndicated in many newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and appears daily on the web, on the illustrated The New York Social Diary, the Huffington Post, MyWay.com, Drudge and other sites.
Gloria Steinem to introduce Rita Mae Brown for the Pioneer Award
Brown, the Pioneer Award honoree, is The New York Times bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle, a landmark coming-of-age novel that launched her career as one of this country's most distinctive voices. She's also the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; In Her Day; Six of One; her memoirs Animal Magnetism and Rita Will, as well as several other books.
An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia with cats, hounds, horses and big red foxes. She will be introduced by American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist Steinem.
Steinem became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 70s after her 1969 article, «After Black Power, Women's Liberation.» She was a columnist for New York magazine. In 2005, Steinem, Jane Fonda, and Robin Morgan co-founded the Women's Media Center, an organization that works «to make women visible and powerful in the media.»
She currently travels internationally as an organizer and lecturer and is a media spokeswoman on issues of equality. Steinem is also working on a book about her work as a feminist organizer, to be titled Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered.
«This year's special honorees, John Waters and Rita Mae Brown, have made immeasurable contributions as writers, multi-media artists and LGBTQ advocates,» said Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director. «We are privileged to celebrate their tremendous contributions at this year's Lammy Awards.»
Master of Ceremonies Kate Clinton and Special Entr'acte Performances by Toshi Reagon
and the new Broadway musical, FUN HOME
Previous Lammy finalist and 2010 Pioneer Award recipient, comedienne Clinton returns to reprise her role as master of ceremonies with her signature brand of topical, political comedy. Clinton will share the stage with a glittering line up of awards presenters who hail from the worlds of literature, theatre, politics, film, civil rights and television.
For the last few years, the Lammys ceremony has featured a mid-show special performance. This year's entr'acte will include two performances. One by singer, composer and musician, Toshi Reagon. Described as a «one-woman celebration of all that's dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music,» she has mastered folk and funk, blues and rock, and sacred and traditional music formats and is now working in music/theater and opera.
There will also be a musical number from the new Broadway show, Fun Home, which is based on Alison Bechdel's award-winning graphic memoir.
Event and Ticket Information:
The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, June 1st, 2015 at The Great Hall at Cooper Union. Immediately following the ceremony will be a VIP After-Party presented by Scholastic at The Scholastic Greenhouse & Terrace.
5:30 P.M.: Cocktail reception presented by Penguin Random House
7:00 P.M.: Ceremony
9:30 P.M.: VIP After-Party presented by Scholastic
Tickets for the Lambda Literary Award ceremony and After-Party can be purchased via http://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/buy-tickets/
Finalists of the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards can be found at http://www.lambdaliterary.org/27th-annual-lambda-literary-award-finalists/