Danny Ramadan, left, and Jeff Ho were among the recipients of the 2023 Lambda Literary Awards, which honour the best in LGBTQ+ writing across 25 categories. (Dahlia Katz, Amanda Palmer) Two Canadian writers, Danny Ramadan and Jeff Ho were among the winners of the 2023 Lambda Literary Awards. The prizes, which recognize the best in queer writing across 25 categories including poetry, fiction, romance and more, were given out at a ceremony in New York. Ramadan won the gay fiction category for his novel The Foghorn Echoes while Ho won the LGBTQ+ drama category for Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) . The Lambda Literary Awards have celebrated LGBTQ storytelling for more than three decades. More than 1,300 titles were submitted by 30 publishers for this year's awards. The finalists and winners were chosen by a panel of more than 65 professionals from the literary, book and publishing industries. Each category is judged by a team of three panellists. Ramadan says the hardest year of his life was his first year as a refugee in Canada and adjusting to a new way of life. His novel The Foghorn Echoes echoes that sense of dislocation. Set in war-torn Syria in 2003, The Foghorn Echoes interweaves the stories of who two boys. They have feelings for one another and, when they act on them, their lives are changed forever. Ten years later, as they struggle to find peace and belonging, the past continues to reverberate for both men. Danny Ramadan's second novel The Foghorn Echoes traces the fallout from forbidden queer love in war-torn Syria Ramadan is a Syrian Canadian author, public speaker and advocate for LGBTQ+ refugees. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing , was shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award and was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and currently lives in Vancouver with his husband. LISTEN | Danny Ramadan discusses The Foghorn Echoes: The Next Chapter19:11 Danny Ramadan talks to Shelagh Rogers about his novel, The Foghorn Echoes. Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) […]
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