Jeffrey Round

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I wrote the fifth Dan Sharp mystery, The God Game, during the much-publicized political antics of what became known as the Ford Nation. Its self-proclaimed leader, Rob Ford, was then mayor of Toronto. Like many, I was appalled by his aberrant behaviour, but dismissed it as a passing phase in Canadian history. Not for a moment did I think it was just the beginning of what in many ways is now the defining ethos of our current political era.

What struck me at this year's Lambda Awards was the diversity of the award headings, spanning twenty-six categories from lesbian non-fiction through bisexual poetry, LGBTQ anthology, trans literature to gay mystery, and just about everything in between.

Today, as we know, the Lambda Awards gloriously celebrate the best of LGBTQ writing and "affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world."

It wasn't always like that.

Thirty years ago, in the summer of 1985, I slept overnight on a park bench in Florence, Italy. It remains one of the most memorable nights of my life.

I was not there by choice, but by chance. I'd arrived by train on my way from Milan to a place called Isole d'Elba, where I would be meeting two friends. I had come to Italy earlier in the summer at the behest of a modelling agency director who, as soon as I arrived, insinuated himself as a sort of parent figure. He was manipulative, however, and I eventually did what many young people would have done: I ran away.

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 The 25th Annual Lamda Literary Awards were announced in New York on Monday, June 3rd at a sold out gala ceremony. Dundurn is thrilled to announce that Jeffrey Round, author of Lake of the Mountain, won for Best Gay Mystery. Lake on the Mountain is the first in the Dan Sharp mystery series, and is set in Prince Edward County. Jeffrey Round has published five other novels, and has also written plays, and directed short films.