We can't believe it either. Started in 1982 by Barb Wieser and Joan Pinkvoss, Aunt Lute Books has always focused on underrepresented voices in publishing.
For 40 years, we have been publishing literature that voices the perspectives of women from a broad range of communities. We have published a number of well-known feminist, lesbian and BIPOC authors, including Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldúa, Judy Grahn, LeAnne Howe, Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Audre Lorde, and Alice Walker.
Here are some snippets from interviews we've been doing with Aunt Lute staff to get you excited for what we're working on.
"My favorite thing about radical reading and radical writing is when people take sort of familiar stories and tropes and then just surprise the hell out of me and make me see something new." - Shay Brawn, Artistic Director
"Sometimes we don't even know how we survived, but we did and I think it's because we're needed and we really are the only ones doing this particular type of work with this particular accessibility." - Joan Pinkvoss, Co-Founder and Executive Director
"I think the the work that is coming in.... it's creatively, and in content, very daring and it's really pushing things forward and I'm really excited about it." - María Mínguez Arias, Operations Director
And we still have so much work to do.
We hope you'll join us this summer to celebrate Aunt Lute Books' anniversary. More to come!
What are your Aunt Lute memories?
As part of our anniversary celebrations we'd love to hear your Aunt Lute memories. Whether it's a book that meant a lot to you or an event that you can't stop thinking about, share with us here.
We'll be sharing these memories as part of our anniversary celebrations.