Finalists in the 22nd Annual Lambda (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) Literary Awards Announced Including New Author of TORN, Amber Lehman

Newport Beach, CA, May 14, 2010 --( A subject that was once taboo – the curiosity teens experience when discovering sexuality – is now being recognized in the novel “TORN” by first time author, Amber Lehman. Lehman is a finalist in the Bisexual Fiction category of the Lambda Literary Awards.

The Lambda Literary Awards is the most prestigious organization to recognize literature in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered) community. This is the first year that there were enough entries to divide the Bisexual category into two separate groups: Bisexual Fiction and Bisexual Non-Fiction.

Lehman’s novel TORN is about a 14-year old girl who transfers from a Catholic all girls’ school in Ohio, to a public school in California. In her new environment and with new friends, her values will be thoroughly tested. TORN has received many positive reviews. The Midwest Book Review gave it 5 stars and had this to say about it: . . . "TORN" is an intriguing coming of age story that many teenagers will relate to."

Lehman says "I’m just happy that all of the contestants and finalists entered the competition this year. I think it’s very important for the bisexual voice in literature to be heard. I think that people are finally starting to listen. I couldn’t have been more shocked or elated that TORN was named a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards. It’s a true honor."

Lehman, along with 4 other contestants, was chosen as a finalist. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards Thursday, May 27th at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York. A complete listing of finalists and details can be found at the Lambda Literary website.

To learn more about Lehman or order your own copy of the novel TORN visit TORN is also available on and

Closet Case Press is a publishing company founded by Amber Lehman and is dedicated to providing literature for the young adult, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning community. The website provides links to helpful sites for Young Adults who are trying to reach out to others or need help.

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