Alice B. Medal Winners
S. Renée Bess
previously awarded a Lavender Certificate
2005-2016 to authors early in their careers
who, in the committee's opinion, had outstanding
"maiden" novels in print. The award
was intended to encourage new writers in their
quest to let their voices be heard, which
until recently was not an easy accomplishment.
Nowadays, though, the volume of lesbian books
published is awesome, and the committee is
unable to read the incredible wealth of debut
books, so as of 2017 the certificate is suspended.
We are delighted that at long last, there
are plenty of books reflecting lesbian lives!