Alyson Books

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Alyson Books
Parent company Regent Media
Founded 1980
Founder Sasha Alyson
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City
Publication types Books
Official website

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".[1]


Founded in Boston, USA, in 1980 by Sasha Alyson,[2] Alyson Publications began in 1990 to sell LGBT-themed children's books, entitled Alyson Wonderland.[3] It was acquired by Liberation Publications in 1995[4] and sold to Regent Entertainment Media, Inc. in 2008,[5][6] 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.[7] 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."[1] 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.[8] Don Weise is no longer with Alyson.

Some books published by Alyson[edit]


  1. ^ a b Weise 2009.
  2. ^ Fein, Esther B. (May 13, 1992). "Book Notes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Owen Keenhen, 'Moving On: Talking with Publisher Sasha Alyson', 1992". Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Advocate acquires book publisher. (Liberation Publications Inc. buys Alyson Publications)". Folio. June 1, 1995. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  5. ^ Bajko, Matthew (April 10, 2008). "Breaking news: PlanetOut to sell off magazines". Bay Area Reporter. Archived from the original on June 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Planetout Inc · 8-K · For 8/13/08". Fran Finnegan & Company. August 13, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Alyson Books Gets New Publisher". Gay News Bits. November 27, 2008. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  8. ^ "Alyson Books Will Restructure as E-book Only House; Weise Leaves". 
  9. ^ "Paperbacks; BESTSELLERS; LOS ANGELES TIMES LIST FOR March 14, 2004". Los Angeles Times. Mar 14, 2004. p. 11. 
  10. ^ "Lambda Literary Foundation 2004 winners". Archived from the original on December 18, 2007. 
  11. ^ a b Lambda Literary Foundation

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