As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Volume II was announced as a Lambda Literary Awards 2019 winner at a ceremony in New York, USA on June 3, 2019.
The Lambda Literary Awards, or the “Lammys,” are the awards of Lambda Literary which is the oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature in the United States. Previous winners from Africa include Chike Frankie Edozien for Lives of Great Men in 2018, and Chinelo Okparanta twice for Under The Udala Trees in 2016 and for Happiness, Like Water in 2014.
This year’s winners were announced in the categories of Lesbian Fiction, Gay Fiction, Bisexual Fiction, Transgender Fiction, LGBTQ Nonfiction, Bisexual Nonfiction, Transgender Nonfiction, Lesbian Poetry, Gay Poetry, Transgender Poetry, Lesbian Mystery, Gay Mystery, Lesbian Memoir/Biography, Gay Memoir/Biography, Lesbian Romance, Gay Romance, LGBTQ Anthology, LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult, LGBTQ Drama, LGBTQ Erotica, LGBTQ Graphic Novels, LGBTQ SF/F/Horror, and LGBTQ Studies at a ceremony in New York, USA. From these many categories, Uzodinma Iweala, Trifonia Melibea Obono, and As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Volume II as were hoping to win as finalists.
As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Volume II published by Jacana Media won in the LGBTQ Anthology category. The anthology for this prize also made the finalists cut last year but this year they took the big prize. As You Like It, is a collection of the short-listed entries submitted for the Gerald Kraak Award. This anthology offers a window into deeply located visions and voices across Africa. It brings together stories of self-expression, identity, sexuality and agency, all located within Africa and its legacy. Find out more about the winning book here.