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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ann Weldy  

Pen Name: Ann Bannon


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1932 in Joliet, Illinois

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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Odd Girl Out /
ISBN: 1573441287. OCLC Number:

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From the Publisher: 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. OCLC Number:

Cleis Press,. San Francisco, Calif. :. ©2002.

College student Laura Landon flees campus heartbreak - over sorority sister Beth's decision to marry a man - to embrace Greenwich Village's lesbian bohemia. Settling in the big city, Laura moves in with Marcia, a married divorcee and the object of Laura's affections. Along comes Jack, a wisecracking gay man who becomes her best friend and helps Laura through early difficulties. And finally Beebo Brinker herself, a woman known in all the bars of the Village, and an aggressive pursuer of Laura.

Women in the shadows /
ISBN: 157344149X. OCLC Number:

Cleis Press,. San Francisco :. ©2002.

This love story picks up with Beebo's relationship with Laura waning, as both women become caught up in the cultural tumult that anticipates ten years in the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969.

Journey to a woman /
ISBN: 1573441708. OCLC Number:

Cleis Press :. San Francisco :. [2003], ©1960.

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. OCLC Number:

Cleis Press,. San Francisco, Calif. :. [2001?]


  • 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