NLGJA – The Association of LGBTQ Journalists announced the recipients of its Excellence in Journalism Awards and recognizes exemplary work produced in 2017. Judy Wieder will win the Excellence in Book Writing Award, to be presented at the NLGJA convention September 6-9, 2018 in Palm Springs, CA. Visit NLGJA’s website for more info.
An accomplished songwriter, Judy has had more than 40 songs recorded from 1977 to 2003 (including the disco-era classics “Star Love,” “It Must Be Love,”and “You Got Me Running”). She’s topped the dance and pop charts twice and has captured one Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, and multiple gold and platinum albums.
Judy has toured, edited, and written for several rock and music publications including Creem, Cream Metal, and RIP!
In 1992, Judy became the Editor of Genre magazine for a year before joining The Advocate as Arts & Entertainment Editor. Over a period of four years she rose through the ranks to become the first female Editor in Chief in the then 35-year history of the publication. After steering the magazine through the diverse challenges of the mid-and-late-90s’ equal rights movement, Judy was named Editorial Director of OUT magazine, The Advocate, Advocate.com, Alyson Books, and The OutTraveler from 2002—2006.
Judy’s personal accomplishments include the “Outstanding Leadership” award from the Human Rights Campaign, and the “Leadership Award” from the National LGBTQ Task Force. She is on the board of the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a 37-year member of both the National Academy of Arts & Sciences and Broadcast Music Inc. She is a founding member of the Planetary Society, and supports Ka Lokahi Native Planting in the Hawaiian marshes. An enthusiastic supporter of Kailua-Kona’s Hawai’i Island Humane Society, Judy has written often about the innovative Animal Community Center they are developing.
Random Events Tend To Cluster, (Lisa Hagan Books), is her first major book.
How would you like to have a conversation with a classical musician, a folk singer, a Grammy winning songwriter, a rock and roll journalist, and the first woman Editor-in-Chief of The Advocate, the national LGBT Newsmagazine of Record? Judy Wieder is all of those people, and she’s written “Random Events Tend To Cluster,” a lively memoir about all that and more.
She takes the reader on a tour through her adventures and weaves in random events in our recent history to contextualize her experiences, and our own.
Please come and meet Judy. She’ll share excerpts from her book and, if you’d like to buy one, you can take home a signed copy for $18 (cash or check only).
Food and drinks and a chance to hear about and from the book, Random Events Tend To Cluster.
A great way to be introduced to an unusual memoir.
Random Events Tend To Cluster has its first Los Angeles book reading and launch party
Author’s Cafe 2017: Print, Podcasts & Pastries
The Author’s Cafe was back with a twist! In addition to bringing authors and book lovers together, this year NLGJA welcomed podcasters to the Author’s Cafe. LGBTQ authors and podcasters shared their latest and greatest, offering guests a real opportunity to engage in intimate conversation with the pros and soon to be pros.
Authors: 2017 National Convention, Friday, September 8 at 2:15 pm.