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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.


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

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) '''Contact Information ''' Cleis Press PO Box 14684 San Fransisco, California 94114 415-575-4700

Selected Titles At Your Library

Beebo Brinker
ISBN: 1573441252. OCLC Number: 33148683

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