bona fide (from Webster’s): made in good faith without fraud or deceit; made with earnest intent; sincere; authentic
Bona Fide Books is a small press on a mountaintop publishing meaningful literature in a variety of formats. We aim to promote bold, unsung writers and connect them with their readers. Bona Fide specializes in community-driven nonfiction, that is, collections about specific areas and its people. We also enjoy wild, inquisitive fiction, and unusual memoirs and guides to modern life. Bona Fide also holds an annual poetry contest.
Does the world need another small press? In our opinion, the more of us there are doing good work in the service of literature, the better. In addition to an ether-based community, we also have a bona fide bricks and mortar office, the Center for Wayward Writers. If you find yourself in South Lake Tahoe, drop in to check out the latest lit journal, talk about your query letter, and have a cup of tea or something stronger.
Inspired by artist and friend Melissa Lanitis Gregory we try each day to be brave and unapologetic about the significance of literature and community. If you’d like to keep up with what we’re doing, please sign up for our newsletter, or, better yet, come to a workshop or event!