These American Awards, also known as the ‘Lammys’ are given annually by the Lambda Literary Foundation to books which celebrate or explore LGBT themes. This year the ceremony takes place on May 26th in New York but alas, I won’t be there.
Part of me regrets this. Since the invitation refers to a ‘pre-ceremony cocktail reception’ and ‘star-studded after-party’, I’m imagining an exciting, glitzy occasion (somewhat like the Oscars…?). I’ve never attended such an event and I’m sure it would be fascinating. And I’m particularly sorry not to see Val McDermid and the legendary Edward Albee receive special Pioneer Awards.
It’s a long way to New York from here. And having been to the States for the first time last year and spent the first three days in a fog of jet-lag, I know there’s no question of ‘popping over The Pond ’ and being in any state to cope with anything, let alone a party. And then there’s the dreaded question of What to Wear. Given the nature of the occasion, I’m sure it will be a case of ‘anything goes’, but if I think about it….no. No. It can’t be done. What a timid chicken.