About Your Friends at Subtext Books
Sue is a product of the Midwest via Montana, where she lived for 17 years and where she bought her first bookstore with a friend when she was 23 and where she started her second bookstore. When she moved back to the Midwest with her husband and three daughters she put in her time working for Dan Odegaard so that she could earn her Twin Cities book selling badge. A refugee from the western suburbs of Minneapolis she immigrated to St Paul six years ago and lives in “the neighborhood” and is deeply committed to running a community bookstore. Sue is the owner of Subtext Books.
Matt started at Subtext in August of 2013, after having graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a double major in History and Philosophy. He is now the head buyer and manager of the store. His reading tastes have evolved dramatically during his time at Subtext and he often finds himself loving stories that shine a light on accurate depictions of the human experience. At first blush, you might think, "Don't all books do that." To which Matt would reply, "No. No they certainly do not." He no longer has favorite books (not true, I still have favorite books), he has favorite publishers. Of these, local superstars Coffee House, Graywolf and Milkweed, lead the charge, but he also loves the work from Melville House, Open Letter, Two Dollar Radio, and so many more . You can find him on Twitter @MAKeliher, where he tries regularly to not make a fool of himself, and occasionally talks about books and sports. Ask Matt to recommended you some of the hottest titles from independent literary presses. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah joined Subtext as their event coordinator in the winter of 2016, after interning at Graywolf Press and Consortium Book Distribution in Minneapolis. She is also the assistant for a freelance book publicist in Minneapolis. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2015, where she double majored in English and Dance. Sarah has always been passionate about books, and she loves working with authors every day to bring them and their books to the store and connect them with the perfect reader. One of her favorite books is “A Little Life,” by Hanya Yanagihara, and one of her all-time favorite authors is Rebecca Solnit (“A Field Guide to Getting Lost” is an excellent introduction to Solnit’s genius). Ask her to recommend other contemporary fiction or her favorite short story collection, of which she has many- “A Manual for Cleaning Women,” by Lucia Berlin, most anything by Alice Munro, and “Difficult Women” by Roxane Gay to name a few. When she’s not talking about books to anyone who will listen, you can find her in the metalworking studio making jewelry for her Etsy store, or exploring new restaurants and breweries with friends. Email: S.Cassavant@gmail.com
You can reach all of us at Subtext by email at email@example.com.