Subtext Books

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Downtown St. Paul's Independent Bookstore at
6 West Fifth Street, St. Paul Minnesota 55102.

9am-9pm Monday through Saturday
10am-6pm Sunday

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About Your Friends at Subtext Books


Sue Zumberge

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.


Lilly Zumberge

Lilly is one of Sue's three daughters. Growing up in bookstores led her to pursue her primary career as an English teacher. She is a bit obsessive about words and exploring new worlds and is generally reading no fewer than three books at a time. Lilly loves a wide range of literature, nursing both an obsession with Diana Gabaldon's bodice-ripping "Outlander" series and a compulsion to return to the words of T.S. Eliot for sanctuary. She can recommend a book to relish or remedy nearly any mood.

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David Unowsky

For 34 years, David Unowsky owned and ran Hungry Mind, one of America’s great bookstores which also fostered a literary magazine and a publishing company. As a writer he has been published in Bookselling This Week, Ruminator Review, USA Today, and At Hungry Mind, he helped build the national author tour market, pioneered in building partnerships and co-sponsorships with other businesses, non-profits, and libraries; and created multi-media events pairing readings with music, food, art and film. David is a bookseller and events manager at Subtext, adjunct career counselor at Springboard for the Arts, and marketing consultant at St. Paul Almanac.



Matt Keliher

Matt Keliher started at Subtext in August of 2013, after having graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a double major in History and Philosophy. In the fall of 2012, he studied at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He loves to travel and revels in new experiences. Matt has helped develop our social media relations, as well as design our website. Three of his favorite books are Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (because picking just one is far too hard), and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Ask him to recommend you anything non-fiction, historical, or one of the classics.


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