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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ann Weldy  

Pen Name: Ann Bannon

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1932 in Joliet, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.annbannon.com
-- Ann Bannon on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ann+bannon


Illinois Connection

Weldy was born in Joliet and was raised in Hinsdale, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1954.

Biographical and Professional Information

From 1957 to 1962, Ann Weldy wrote six lesbian pulp fiction novels under the pen name Ann Bannon. The books, known as "The Beebo Brinker Chronicles," have earned her the title "Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction" for their enduring popularity and impact on lesbian identity.Weldy, also known as Ann Holmquist, currently resides in Sacramento, California.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Odd Girl Out
ISBN: 1573441287

Cleis Press. 2001

In the 1950s, Ann Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters who embraced their sexuality. With Odd Girl Out, Bannon introduces Laura Landon, whose love affair with her college roommate Beth launched the lesbian pulp fiction genre.

I Am a Woman
ISBN: 1573441457

Cleis Press. 2002

Designated the 'Queen of Lesbian Pulp' for authoring several landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon's work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Following the release of new editions of Beebo Brinker and Odd Girl Out, I Am a Woman finds college student Laura fleeing from campus heartbreak over sorority sister Beth's decision to marry a man and into the arms of the lesbian bohemia of 1950s Greenwich Village. Available now for the first time in ten years, this is the author's favourite in the series.

Women in the Shadows (Lesbian Pulp Fiction)
ISBN: 157344149X

Cleis Press. 2002

Designated the "Queen of Lesbian Pulp" for her landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon’s work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Following the release of Cleis Press’s new editions of Beebo Brinker and Odd Girl Out, Women in the Shadows picks up with Beebo’s relationship with Laura waning, as both women become caught in the cultural tumult (gay bar raids, heavy drinking, gay rights advocacy) that anticipates by ten years the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969. New introduction explains the book’s evolution, including the role Bannon’s divorce played in shaping the lesbian protagonist’s outrage.

Journey to a Woman (Lesbian Pulp Fiction)
ISBN: 1573441708

Cleis Press. 2003

Designated the "Queen of Lesbian Pulp" for her series of landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon’s work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Following the release of Cleis Press’s new editions of Beebo Brinker and Odd Girl Out, Journey to a Woman finds Laura in love among the lesbian bohemia of Greenwich Village.

Beebo Brinker
ISBN: 1573441252

Cleis Press. 2001

Designated the "Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction" for authoring five landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon's work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Unlike many writers of the period, however, Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters who embrace their sexuality against great odds.

With Beebo Brinker, Bannon introduces the title character, a butch 17-year-old farm girl newly arrived in New York after she is driven from her Wisconsin home town for wearing drag to the State Fair. Befriended by the gay Jack Mann, a father-figure with a weakness for runaways, Beebo sets out to find love. She never knew what she wanted—until she came to Greenwich Village and found the love that smolders in the shadows of the twilight world.

Overwhelmed with her discovery, Beebo is infatuated in turn with the vixen Mona Petry, the sweet femme Paula Ash, and the famous actress Venus Bogardus. Sexy, dangerous, and often touching, Beebo Brinker's search for love takes her from password-protected 1950s lesbian bars to the glamour and ritz of Hollywood and back. Chronicling the reality of 1950s lesbian life through Ann Bannon's dreamy butch, Beebo Brinker is an astounding and engaging read.

The Marriage
ISBN: B000P1R610

Fawcett Gold Medal. 1960


Awards

  • Outstanding, Pioneering Contribution to Lesbian and Gay Writing, Outlook National Lesbian and Gay Quarterly, March 1990
  • Certificate of Honor, Board of Supervisors, City and County of San Francisco for contributions to lesbian fiction, community, and culture, 2000
  • Pressie for Best Author of the Year, Chicago Free Press, 2003
  • Literary Saint, Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, 2004
  • Trailblazer Award, Golden Crown Literary Society, 2005
  • Distinguished Service Award, Sacramento State University, 2005
  • Pioneer Award, Lambda Literary Foundation, 2008
  • Alice B. Readers Appreciation Award, 2008

    Speaking Engagements

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    Contact Information Cleis Press PO Box 14684 San Fransisco, California 94114 415-575-4700