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About the 2020 Alice B Medal Winners


Lynn Ames (2020 Medal Winner), the founder of Phoenix Rising Press, is the best-selling author of multiple works of fiction which have garnered six Goldie awards, the coveted Ann Bannon Popular Fiction Award (for All That Lies Within), the Arizona Book Award for Best Gay/Lesbian book, and several Rainbow Reader Awards. Lynn is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award finalist, and a Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Honorable Mention winner. She also is the writer/director/producer of the history-making documentary, “Extra Innings: The Real Story Behind the Bright Lights of Summer,” which chronicles the real-life story of Hall-of-Famer Dot Wilkinson and the heyday of women’s softball. Lynn is a former press secretary to the New York state senate minority leader and spokesperson for the nation’s third-largest prison system. She worked as an award-winning broadcast journalist and has been editor of a critically acclaimed national magazine. As a nationally recognized speaker and public relations professional, she has particular expertise in image, crisis communications planning, and crisis management. She now lives with her wife, Cheryl Pletcher, and their various fur kids in Asheville, North Carolina.To find out more about her, visit her at website.

Penny Mickelbury (2020 Medal Winner) is an Atlanta, Georgia, native whose Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione mystery novels, now published by Bywater Books, are twice Lammy finalists (Night Songs and Darkness Descending). The fifth book in the series, Death’s Echoes, was a 2019 Goldie finalist and also won the 2019 Independent Publishers Association Bronze Medal. The sixth book in the series is slated for publication by Bywater in early 2021. Penny’s historical fiction novel, Two Wings to Fly Away, also a Bywater book, is a 2020 Goldie finalist in the Historical Fiction category. She has written a previous novel of historical fiction, six other mystery novels in two different series, a collection of short stories published in 2019, as well as half a dozen stage plays. Penny has been the recipient of both the Audre Lorde Estate Grant and a Hedgebrook Residency. She currently resides in Los Angeles. To find out more about her, visit her Wikipedia page or website.

Jeanette Winterson (2020 Medal Winner) is an English writer who became famous with her first book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, a semi-autobiographical novel about a sensitive teenage girl rebelling against conventional values. Her subsequent novels explore the boundaries of physicality and the imagination, gender polarities and sexual identity, and the relationship between humans and technology. She is also a broadcaster and a professor of creative writing. She has won multiple awards including a Whitbread Prize for a First Novel, and she is a two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award. She has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Jeanette came out at 16, and because of her love affair with a girl she was forced to leave home. Her adoptive mother asked her why she was still seeing this girl when she knew the consequences: homelessness. When Jeanette said, "She makes me happy," Mrs Winterson’s response was, "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" Jeanette went out into the world and continued to be happy. She grows a lot of her own food and is a partner in a small herd of rare breed sheep. She's married to psychotherapist Susie Orbach (author of Fat is a Feminist Issue) and lives in the Cotswolds. If you want to read about Jeanette and her life, buy the memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? or visit her at website.