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Macy’s “Teleny and Camille” Wins Lambda Lit Award

Good news Jon Macy fans! Jon won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Erotica for his graphic novel Teleny and Camille! The book is an adaptation of the 1893 anonymous erotic novel, Teleny, attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle of writers and poets. Another FBOTU favorite, Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny by Justin Hall, was a finalist for Transgender Fiction. [Read FBOTU’s review of Teleny and Camille and check out the FBOTU Spotlight featuring Justin Hall.]

Jon started work on Teleny and Camille in 1996 and completed several chapters before taking a break from the project. He returned to it in 2003 and devoted the next seven years to completing it, releasing it in a limited print run in the spring of 2010. The book was remastered and published by Northwest Press later that year, making its debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego in July.

Although the book seems, to the casual reader of the source material, to be a faithful recreation of the novel in a graphic format, Jon made significant changes to the story and settings to enhance the core love story and to translate the importance of the style and political movement of the time for modern readers. In addition, Jon honors the spirit of the “round robin” origin of the novel, which was passed from author to author and written in turn, adding his own alternate ending in which the doomed lovers cheat death and triumph over society’s condemnation of their love.

“There are two things that this award brings that I’m especially grateful for,” Jon says. “The first is the recognition of the book’s success as an erotic work. Unlike comedy or drama, which can evoke laughter or tears and be more easily identified as successful efforts, erotica is much trickier. Having the book named as the best gay erotica in 2010 is truly an honor.”

“Secondly,” he continues, “I truly hope that this award brings more attention to the original prose novel, which is largely unknown in the U.S. The Aesthetes formed gay identity for us; almost every cliché and stereotype about gay men originated with these pioneers. This novel was written by them and about them, so it is a powerful historical document for the gay community.”

This is the first Lambda Literary Award nomination and win for Jon, and the first nomination for Justin. Click here for a full list of winners and nominees. You can purchase Teleny and Camille and Glamazonia via Amazon and Northwest Press.