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A special 40th anniversary reading

For 40 years, Aunt Lute Books has published works by authors so often overlooked and actively excluded by the literary canon and by the publishing industry, centering women, members or the LGBTQIA+ community, and people of color.

For 40 years, Aunt Lute has fought for its existence, transforming from a small underground press to a joint publisher with Spinster Ink to a nonprofit organization.

For 40 years, Aunt Lute has championed the voices of those who have been silenced, creating spaces through public programming for people to see themselves in literature and in the literary community.

We are thrilled to invite you to a special reading on Wed, Oct 19, 2022, 6:00 PM PDT that will highlight our 40 years of publishing. We will be joined by Ginny Z Berson, ire’ne lara silva, Verónica Sandoval and Zenju Earthlyn Manuel.

Don't Miss Aunt Lute at Litquake

Ever wanted to start your own small press?

Check out "Start Small and Dream Big: Building Your Own Small Press" on October 8, 2022 at 11 am Pacific at Southern Exposure in San Francisco. It features panelists from small presses including Aunt Lute Books, Kelsey Street Press, Krupskaya and Nomadic Press. Rooted in small-press values of equity, experimentation and access, this panel will teach you how to create a diverse publishing operation that encourages new voices to enter the literary world, as well as ways to maintain your operation for long-term success. Register today.

Aunt Lute's Legacy

Aunt Lute Books is a nonprofit intersectional feminist publisher that has published Gloria Anzaldùa, Audre Lourde, Alice Walker, Judy Grahn, Leanne Howe, Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Paula Gunn Allen, and so many more, Aunt Lute has been a pioneer in the small press world. And our staying power over the course of 40 years is a testament to the need for the work we do, if not to the ingenuity of literary activists.

Aunt Lute titles include the first U.S. collection of Filipina/Filipina American women writers (Babaylan), the first collection of Southeast Asian women writers (Our Feet Walk the Sky), as well as a number of translated texts (most recently Rosa Montero’s Beautiful and Dark). Our bestsellers include Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza and The Cancer Journals: Special Edition, titles used in classrooms throughout the U.S. and around the world.


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