McMan’s Galileo Wins Lambda Literary Award

by | Jun 1, 2020 | Awards, News

Bywater Books is pleased to announce that Galileo by Ann McMan has won the Lambda Literary Award in the Lesbian Mystery category.

Winners of the 32nd Lambda Literary Awards were announced in an exclusive at Vanity Fair magazine.

This is McMan’s second consecutive Lambda Literary Award.


When it comes to finding dirt, Evan Reed is the best in the business.

Meet a Catholic priest with a guilty conscience—though not in the way you’d guess. And here’s a Parisian socialite who long ago kicked her self-respect to the curb . . . for good and for ill. And much closer, we have a group of men whose fortunes, graying temples and positions in life are distinguished and enviable—although their morals prove to be anything but. That’s where Evan Reed comes in. Evan (short for Evangeline) is a highly principled political operative with an imperfect past. She is tasked with uncovering compromising material on a rotten judge up for an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court before he can be rushed through confirmation.

Evan knows it won’t be easy to find damaging information against the judge, and her suspicions prove correct. From an interview with a cryptic madman to an urgent mission to save a friend’s life, Evan works to solve a puzzle that gets more complex by the hour. And where crime, money, conscience, and greed come together, danger is sure to lurk. In this sequel to Dust, Ann McMan takes the reader on an intense journey into a world that lies just beneath the thin veneer of civilization—a world of power struggles, warped desires, and seamy webs of broken promises.

Galileo is Book 2 of the Evan Reed Mystery Series and follows the events of Dust.

Galileo is also available in print, eBook, and audiobook formats.

Now in their 32nd year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in LGBTQ+ writing for books published in 2019. This year’s Lambda Literary Award finalists were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals who spent countless hours reading more than 1,000 submissions from over 300 publishers across 24 categories. Traditionally finalists are celebrated and winners announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala (the Lammys) in New York City. However, out of an abundance of caution in light of COVID-19, Lambda Literary came to the heart-wrenching decision to not hold an in-person Lambda Literary Awards ceremony this June in New York City.