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Farzana Doctor wins Lambda Literary Award

Farzana Doctor has won a Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Fiction for her novel Six Metres of Pavement (Dundurn Press). The honour was granted Monday night at the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala in New York City.

Doctor, a Torontonian social worker originally from Zambia, is the author of two novels. Her first, Stealing Nasreen, was published in 2007 and nominated for a Masala! Mehndi! Masti! People’s Choice Award. In 2011, the Writers’ Trust of Canada honoured her with a Dayne Ogilvie Grant for emerging gay and lesbian writers.

The Lambda Literary Awards, also called the “Lammys,” were established by the Lambda Literary Foundation, and are awarded annually to works that celebrate and explore LGBT themes.

The sold-out gala (it being the same week as BEA) was one of glitz and glamour, featuring celebrity stage appearances by Charles Busch, Ally Sheedy, Ted Allen, Amy King, and many others.

Also among the winners is Toronto-based poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, who won in the Lesbian Poetry category for Love Cake (TSAR Publications).

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