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What we do matters.

Aunt Lute family,

I am looking back at the last two and half years and how we have been asked to give the best of ourselves to our families, our workplace, our communities, and I am in awe of how we managed to keep them going despite loss, sickness, furloughs, layoffs, isolation, mental instability, political upheaval, and the fight for social justice taking on the streets… And yet, we are still here. Aunt Lute is still here because what we do matters: Aunt Lute Books has been publishing diverse and silenced voices for 40 years and we need your help to keep it going.

Lately I have watched our Executive Director and our Programming Director search for funding high and low just to keep us breathing as a press. In the meantime, I still don’t know how we managed to put out a handful of books and, in partnership with local organizations, we hosted writers, poets and activists in a reading series centering voices impacted by gentrification, colonization, migration, and houselessnesss. The culmination of this partnership will be the publication of the ebook Home in the Bay (as in the San Francisco Bay Area), with writing from the participants.

When isolation was at its highest, Aunt Lute brought us together in virtual gatherings.

Although 40 years of radical feminist publishing is a phenomenal milestone to celebrate, we find ourselves gasping for air once again. For this nonprofit, pandemic funding is drying up, and book sales don’t seem to recover to pre-pandemic figures. We need your support so we can continue supporting others.

Please, visit our website, connect with us on social media, and learn about our work. Right now, we have two new amazing and much needed books in progress, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Please, help us make it possible!

Black and white photo of María Mínguez Arias. Text reads: With Sincere Thanks, María Mínguez Arias, Operations Director

Give the gift of books

Aunt Lute Books has something for everyone. Books to energize. Books to inspire. Books to center your feelings.

Use code "HOLIDAY22" for a 20% discount off all our titles on SPD's website this holiday season.

Native American Heritage

Today, tomorrow, and every day, we hope you'll join us in honoring the peoples indigenous to the Americas.

Aunt Lute operates on the Ramaytush Ohlone lands. We urge our community to support the indigenous community in your area.

If you'd like to read works from Native American perspectives, we have a few recommendations from our own catalogue.

- Imaniman edited by ire'ne lara silva and Dan Vera

- Shell Shaker by LeAnne Howe

- The Woman Who Owned the Shadows by Paula Gunn Allen

- Through the Eye of the Deer Edited by Carolyn Dunn and Carol Comfort

[Image description: Abstract shades of green in background with book covers and book info overlayed. Text at top reads "aunt lute reads for Native American Heritage Month."]

Fundraising Update

We're so so gracious for all the donations we've been getting to our 40th anniversary fundraiser.

As a nonprofit, we've been hit hard over the last few years. The cost of doing our work keeps going up, and funding avenues we've used in the past are dwindling.

We are aiming high and trying to raise $40,000 by Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2022 to support our work.

If you can't support us financially right now, we ask that you consider sharing our fundraiser on social media, forward this email to friends, continue sharing our books and the stunning work of our authors with others, and continue to read radical works.


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