|Parent company||Regent Media|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||New York City|
Alyson Books, formerly known as Alyson Publications, is a book publishing house which specialises in LGBT fiction and non-fiction. Former publisher Don Weise described it as "the world's oldest and largest publisher of LGBT literature" and "the home of award-winning books in the areas of memoir, history, humor, commercial fiction, mystery, and erotica, among many others".
Founded in Boston, USA, in 1980 by Sasha Alyson, Alyson Publications began in 1990 to sell LGBT-themed children's books, entitled Alyson Wonderland. It was acquired by Liberation Publications in 1995 and sold to Regent Entertainment Media, Inc. in 2008, and in November, as Alyson Books, named Don Weise its publisher. He works presently from the company's New York City office, having previously been Senior Editor at Carroll & Graf, responsible for the launching of that publisher's gay and lesbian division, and also at Cleis Press. He has written of his commitment to Alyson's traditional areas of specialisation, but has stated that he is keen also to embrace "more serious nonfiction—particularly in the areas of current affairs, politics, self-help, and autobiography—as well as literary fiction and works by today's most respected LGBT authors." More recently, Publishers Weekly announced that Alyson Books will switch to digital (e-book) publishing only, with plans to convert backlist titles in this fashion. Don Weise is no longer with Alyson.
Some books published by Alyson
- 101 Gay Sex Secrets Revealed (ISBN 978-1555838515), by Jonathan Bass.
- How to Get Laid: The Gay Man's Essential Guide to Hot Sex (ISBN 978-1555838867), by Jonathan Bass.
- Finding H.F. (ISBN 1-55583-622-4), a young adult novel by Julia Watts.
- Young, Gay and Proud (ISBN 1-55583-001-3), edited by Sasha Alyson and Lynne Yamaguchi Fletcher.
- The Dykes to Watch Out For cartoon series, by Alison Bechdel
- Lesbian Lists: A Look at Lesbian Culture, History, and Personalities (ISBN 1-55583-163-X) by Dell Richards (1990)
- The Second Coming: A Leatherdyke Reader (ISBN 1-55583-281-4), edited by Pat Califia and Robin Sweeney
- Melting Point (ISBN 1-55583-162-1), short stories by Pat Califia
- Doing it for Daddy (ISBN 1-55583-227-X), short stories by Pat Califia
- Macho Sluts (ISBN 1-55583-115-X), erotic fiction by Pat Califia
- Doc and Fluff (ISBN 1-55583-176-1), a novel by Pat Califia
- Latter Days (ISBN 1-55583-868-5), novelization by T. Fabris for the 2003 major motion picture of the same name.
- The First Gay Pope and Other Records, by Lynne Yamaguchi Fletcher
- The Femme Mystique (ISBN 1-55583-255-5), short stories edited by Lesléa Newman
- Pillow Talk (ISBN 1-55583-419-1), short stories edited by Lesléa Newman
- Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache (ISBN 1555837530), Los Angeles Times bestseller & 2004 Lambda Literary Awards finalist, edited by Clint Catalyst and Michelle Tea
- The Lillian Byrd crime fiction series, by Elizabeth Sims
- Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology (ISBN 1-55583-558-9), edited by Amy Sonnie.
- The Trouble with Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement, by Stuart Timmons
- Half-Life, a novel by Aaron Krach
- Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity, by Shane Windmeyer
- Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority
- Best Lesbian Love Stories, 2003–2005, edited by Angela Brown
- Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer, edited by Angela Brown
- Love, Bourbon Street: Reflections of New Orleans, edited by Greg Herren and Paul J. Willis—winner 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Anthology
- Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out (ISBN 1-55583-174-5), edited by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahumanu
- The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe, by Michael Szymanski and Nicole Kristal—winner 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual
- Entangled Lives: Memoirs of 7 Top Erotica Writers (ISBN 1-55583-998-3), edited by Marilyn Jaye Lewis
- First You Fall a novel by Scott Sherman, winner of the Lambda Literary Foundation Award, 2009, Best Gay Mystery.
- Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide 2007 (ISBN 978-1-55583-989-5) by Diana Cage
- Weise 2009.
- Fein, Esther B. (May 13, 1992). "Book Notes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Owen Keenhen, 'Moving On: Talking with Publisher Sasha Alyson', 1992
- "The Advocate acquires book publisher. (Liberation Publications Inc. buys Alyson Publications)". Folio. June 1, 1995. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Bajko, Matthew (April 10, 2008). "Breaking news: PlanetOut to sell off magazines". Bay Area Reporter.
- "Planetout Inc · 8-K · For 8/13/08". Fran Finnegan & Company. August 13, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
- "Alyson Books Gets New Publisher". Gay News Bits. November 27, 2008. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
- "Paperbacks; BESTSELLERS; LOS ANGELES TIMES LIST FOR March 14, 2004". Los Angeles Times. Mar 14, 2004. p. 11.
- "Lambda Literary Foundation 2004 winners". Archived from the original on 18 December 2007.
- http://www.lambdaliterary.org/ Lambda Literary Foundation
- Weise, Don. "Welcome to Alyson Books." Alyson Books. (accessed May 13, 2009).