Lambda Lit winners include John Irving

IN ONE PERSON jacket imageThe 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards recently announced their winners, and among the recipients was novelist John Irving for his fiction book In One Person. I interviewed Irving about this time last year, just as the book was being released (we actually had dinner together on its release date), and he’s one of the best allies the LGBT community can claim. Starting with his character Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp, he’s addressed sexual orientation cogently and respectfully. He even has a gay son. The choice of In One Person for an award is well-deserved.

I was disappointed, though, that John Boyne’s The Absolutist — surely one of the finest novels of 2012, and one with a staggeringly smart introduction of gay issues — didn’t win its category. Ah well. But Dale Carpenter, who has contributed to Dallas Voice, did win, for his history of Lawrence v. Texas.

A complete list of winners after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

This weekend’s takeaways: Life+Style

If you weren’t at the Meyerson last night, you missed the historic appearance by former First Lady Laura Bush, appearing with her home town’s gay men’s chorus, the Turtle Creek Chorale, for a program that also featured the Army chorus. It marked the final concert of the TCC’s season, and the first since interim conductor Trey Jacobs was officially named the new permanent artistic director.

Dallas Theater Center’s production of God of Carnage at the Kalita provides a juicy bit of social commentary amid 75 minutes of serious belly laughs. And there’s still time to catch Memphis at Fair Park, an entertaining and occasionally moving musical about the history of rock ‘n’ roll on the radio with some radiant singing. (It was written by Tony winner Joe DiPietro.) The Dallas Children’s Theater wraps up its production of Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly soon with this family-friendly hip-hop musical about embracing differences in one another. And different it is — B.J. Cleveland does drag as a lady fly and Adam Garst cleverly James-Deans his way through the role of an angsty spider.

Mansome is still playing at the Angelika, and you’s be better off catching that — or even The Avengers again — rather than Men in Black 3, although it’s better than the last two. Or kick off summer’s first three-day weekend with some beach reading, especially In One Person, the new one by John Irving with a bisexual hero at its center. The is also Ye Fynall Week-End to enjoy Scarborough Faire, pictured.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Oak Lawn Library holds a huge sale

This week we commemorate our first-ever Literary Issue, so it’s fortuitous that, at the same time, the Oak Lawn Library is hosting a week-long spring sale on hardcovers and paperbacks, CDs and DVDs (half off the usual $1-$2 prices) and magazines (all 10 cents). And as they point out, you night as well ”check out the city’s only LGBT collection and get in line for Paul Russell’s The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov and John Irving’s In One Person. Both are popular; expect longish waits.”

In fact, John Irving will be at the Majestic Theater tonight, so read quick!

The library is located at 4100 Cedar Springs Road; it’s open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones