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News and Notes 3/5/2020

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Our distribution company, Small Press Distribution, has withdrawn from AWP, saying: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 make. We have talked to as many publishers as we could reach since the last round of AWP messages came out. At this stage we feel this is the right decision for public health, our staff, and our organization.”

In order to allow people to still support the small presses and writers they collaborate with, SPD is running a sitewide sale starting today through March 15th.

Use the code VIRTUALAWP for 35% off all books!

According to SPDs Executive Director, this is the deepest discount for a sitewide sale they have ever offered. #AWPVirtualBookfair2020

Aunt Lute @ Southern Exposure's Night Market

On May 7th, Aunt Lute will be at the Night Market hosted by the SoEx Youth Advisory Board and in collaboration with the SoEx Spring Youth Exhibition. Vendors will be selling art, jewelry, vintage clothing, and vinyl records, while live music will include a performance by Max Mercier and a band from Bay Area Girls Rock Camp. A portion of profits will go to Camp Kesem at UC Davis.

When: 5/7/2020, 5-7pm

Where: Southern Exposure

3030 20th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

Come say hi and pick up a copy of some of our well known titles, such as Graffiti, Borderlands/La Frontera, or Cuentamelo!

*Previously we posted that the market would be on March 16th which has since been moved. The event information above was updated 3/11/20 with the new details.

Second edition of the issue is power coming soon

The second edition of The Issue is Power will be coming soon!

The Issue is Power is a collection of essays, speeches, and reviews spanning 15 years of writing and organizing. Political activist and writer Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz brings an insightful eye and a sharp analytical mind to address a wide range of issues in contemporary America: race, class, anti-Semitism, lesbian culture, war, sexual power, identity politics, Israel, Palestine and the Middle East, international and domestic violence against and by women. Kaye/Kantrowitz is indomitable in the fight against being worn down, hushed up. Her work reminds us of the strength in community.

Here is a book for everyone who dares to want to help make history. Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz is passionate, strategic, pithy, generous, realistic, controversial, unquenchable—like the best of our movements for change. As a writer and a lifelong doer, she gives us reasons to believe in achievable justice, and maps for acting on that belief.

— Adrienne Rich

If we ever needed people like Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz—people who think strategically, whose writing is rooted in activism, and who have the courage to explore ideas in public—it is now…this essay urges activists to write, to speak, to organize, to take a moral stance and to put their talents to turning the tide.

— Women’s Review of Books

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Interested in writing a review about this new release? Email

Graffiti Available Now

The newest Aunt Lute title, Graffiti, is available for purchase! Edited by Pallavi Dhawan, Devi S Laskar, and Tamika Thompson, Graffiti is a mixed-genre anthology that asks, What happens when whiteness is decentralized for writers of color? With its array of exciting contributors, from Kirin Khan to Tongo Eisen-Martin, "Graffiti gives us just a taste of what writers of color do, unbound." —Elmaz Abinader Use code GRAFFITI at checkout for 20% off.

Read More: Your Spot on the Wall: An Introduction to “Graffiti” By Elmaz Abinader, Los Angeles Review of Books Demystifying the Writer’s Fear of Failure: Sarah Labrie on Why Writing is Supposed to Be Difficult, Literary Hub Kissed a Girl By Vickie Vertiz, Longreads My Life is a Tapestry By Ramy El-Etreby, Full Stop Sister By Kanika Punwani, Another Chicago Magazine

Aunt Lute Will No Longer Be Attending AWP2020

Unfortunately, due to the current situation around Coronavirus, we will not be attending the AWP conference this weekend. The conference itself will still be going forward, albeit as “hug-free and handshake-free,” as a statement on AWP’s website explained:

“We know there have been concerns about holding the conference at this time due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have been in consultation with local authorities and public health staff in San Antonio… AWP is not moving forward lightly. AWP staff and board are doing so out of a sense of responsibility to the communities we serve.”

“Many schools and programs, particularly in the region, have worked so hard to create a truly exceptional conference this year. This includes the many small presses and journals who work hard all year to sell their books, magazines, and promote their programs at AWP. Additionally, we feel the need to support our local partners here in San Antonio who have gone above and beyond to craft a conference that is unlike any we have ever had before in its genuine commitment to persity, local culture, and highlighting indigenous and Latinx voices.”

To read more about this decision, please visit their website here.

Once again, our apologies to all interested attendees. We are sad we won’t be able to attend but hope to see you next year! Our thanks to the organizers and best wishes for all attendees to stay safe and healthy.

Be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date with us!


Author Events


Author Updates

  • New Book release: Fiebre Tropical is available for pre-order! Her first multilingual novel is set for release this month!

  • Fiebre Tropical was recently reviewed by The New York Times. “...The prose is as ebullient and assertive as Rosie Perez’s shadowboxing in the opening credits of Do the Right Thing ... Lopera pushes this novel’s idiomatic language into English and then Spanish, to bold and farcical effect ... The way to write a novel, Jim Harrison once said in The Paris Review, is to 'just start at Page 1 and write like a son of a bitch.' That’s what Lopera has seemingly done in Fiebre Tropical. You can open this novel anywhere and find sunbeams, the signs of a writer who is grinding their own colors,” Dwight Garner wrote in the review.

  • Juliana Delgado Lopera was featured in NBC’s article “The Best Latino Books, according to Latinx Writers”

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