Reading in the Time of Covid-19

As we move forward into the extended Shelter-in-Place call, Aunt Lute looks back on the almost forty years since we were founded in 1982. We are committed to publishing literature by women and those of marginalized backgrounds, who have been underrepresented in dominant storytelling narratives, whose stories reflect and magnify the depth of our experiences and inspire individual and cultural shifts.


We believe that reading is painful and healing, magical and spellbinding, and infinitely impactful. As a small, independent Bay Area local press, we understand the struggles that many of our fellow literary publications and small businesses are facing as we collectively combat COVID-19. Our community needs support now. We need support now. 


If you are able to, please consider donating to Aunt Lute, or purchasing one of our eBooks here. Learn more about how we are handling the Shelter-in-Place call here


We want to thank you for your support and express our deep gratitude for the rich and abundant community of writers who have graced our pages. Thank you all!


~ the Aunt Lute team

April 2, 2020

Wondering what to read next? We have thirteen titles available in eBook form! 

It is in times of hardship and confusion that reading offers us all a greater connection with what it means to be human. Aunt Lute has always valued the way that reading bonds us all and brin...

March 19, 2020

What "Shelter in place" means for us

On March 16th, six counties in the Bay Area issued a “shelter in place” call, effective at midnight. This comes in response to COVID-19, which has been a growing concern in public consciousness since it was first reported on at the e...

March 5, 2020

AWP Virtual Sale

Our distribution company, Small Press Distribution, has withdrawn from AWP, saying: 

“This difficult decision was one we waited to make in part because we represent so many smaller publishers at the book fair, so it didn't feel like our decision alone to...

January 8, 2020


Aunt Lute Books is a nonprofit, multicultural women’s press in the Mission District of San Francisco, within walking distance of the 16th and 24th Street Mission BART stations. Since 1982, we have published women’s voices that are underrepresented in mainstream...

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Bringing revolutionary queer women, women of color, and underrepresented voices to the forefront of literature since 1982.

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