April 5, 2013 • If you find yourself in Southern California this spring, be sure to catch up with Aunt Lute author Jo Scott-Coe and attend one of her various literary happenings.
March 5, 2013 • The California Institute of Integral Studies is honoring Judy Grahn throughout the semester, calling her “an important voice in American culture for more than forty years.”
February 15, 2013 • Aunt Lute Books is delighted to report that Judy Grahn’s memoir, A Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet, has recently been reviewed by Lambda Literary Review. Julie R. Enszer writes “A Simple Revolution is a memoir to read and cherish” that “documents the life of a woman ‘faithfully serving that demon-lover: activist art.’”
In telling her life story, Grahn reflects on the profound cultural shifts brought about by the women’s and gay rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s. The “simple” revolution she recounts involved not just the formation of new institutions (the Women’s Press Collective, Oakland Feminist Women’s Health Center, A Woman’s Place Bookstore), but the creation of whole new ways of living, including collective feminist households that cut through the political and social isolation of women.
January 24, 2013 • We are pleased to announce that you may pre-order Choctalking on Other Realities , LeAnne Howe’s new collection about the contradictions, absurdities, and sometimes tragedies in a life lived crossing cultures and borders. As Howe puts it, “The American Indian adventure stories in Choctalking on Other Realities are three parts memoir, one part tragedy, one-part absurdist fiction, and one part ‘marvelous realism.’”
After a long process involving research and interviews, Judy Grahn’s remarkable memoir, A Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet, is finally available in print. Through riveting accounts of her experience in an era of dramatic change, fear, repression, and liberation, Judy invites her readers to partake in intimate memories that remind us that the world we live in was made by struggles personal and public, lost and won.
We share with you an excerpt from Chapter 2—“The Body and its Discontents,” in which Judy shares how she came to be a part of the revolutionary movement in the Bay Area. We hope you enjoy this selection, and that her book can find a loving home inside yours. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on author events, signings, and more.