SPD Publisher Spotlight 

We at SPD have the honor of distributing nearly 450 small presses that help us achieve our mission of increasing access and connection among authors, readers, and communities. Each month, we bring one of these excellent presses into the spotlight so you can learn a little more about them and what they publish. The literary world would be far less diverse, dynamic, and, well, exciting without these presses we love.

December's Publisher Spotlight: Aunt Lute Books 

The legendary Aunt Lute Books was started in 1982 with a mission to publish work by women, especially lesbians and women of color, whose work was and continues to be underrepresented. Aunt Lute's authors have included Gloria Anzaldúa, Audre Lorde, Judy Grahn, LeAnne Howe, and many more, and Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza is a perennial SPD bestseller. Aunt Lute's contribution to the literary world can't be overstated.

Literary Nugget: Aunt Lute published the first U.S. collection of Filipina/Filipina American women writers (Babaylan) as well as the first collection of Southeast Asian women writers (Our Feet Walk the Sky).

During December, we're pleased to offer 20% off these three Aunt Lute Books titles (use code SPOTLIGHT)
 the issue is power | melanie kaye/kantrowitz | aunt lute books

Political activist and writer Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz brought an insightful eye and a sharp analytical mind to probe the problems facing America at the turn of the century. First published in 1992, the hard-hitting essays in this collection scan the connections across a wide range of issues: whether the topic is class, racism, Israel and Palestine, war, anti-Semitism, violence against women or violence by women, the issue is power—in all its complexity. Now in its second edition and no less relevant nearly three decades later, her work—dedicated, persistent—continues to remind us of the strength in community.

 graffiti | dhawan, laskar, and thompson | aunt lute books

Winner of a 2019 Foreword INDIES Award for Anthologies. To create this inaugural anthology from artist collective POC United, the editors of GRAFFITI gave the contributors a special challenge: to write in a way that centers neither "whiteness" nor "anti-whiteness" and that is not limited by their struggle, their oppression, or how their characters will be received by the white imagination. The results are joyous and mind-expanding. Through poetry, short stories, and essays, the works in GRAFFITI expose lives that move in unexpected ways, rendering characters who don't fit the cultural tropes we cling to. GRAFFITI shows what writers of color do when they are invited to scribble, scrawl, romanticize, and speculate without being politicized or exoticized.

 good girls marry doctors | piyali bhattacharya | game over books

Winner of the Gold Medal for Anthologies at the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards Nonfiction category. This is the first anthology that examines "tiger parenting" from the perspective of the daughter and is filled with honest stories, difficult and joyous, heartbreaking and hilarious, from a diverse array of powerful women. These narratives combine to expose struggles that are too often hidden from the public eye, while reminding those going through similar experiences that they are heard, and they are not alone.

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