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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ann Weldy  

Pen Name: Ann Bannon

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1932 in Joliet, Illinois


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


-- *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