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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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Freestyle Book Club: Nostalgia
Jul
25
7:00 pm19:00

Freestyle Book Club: Nostalgia

  • Tin Whiskers Brewing

The Freestyle Book Club is led by our Bibliotherapist, Matt Keliher at SubText. This is a gathering of individuals who share their perspectives on the chosen book club theme. The Freestyle Book Club is a relaxed gathering. You can read from the list of suggestions, or choose a book on your own that fits the theme, and join us on the night of the event to share your perspective. There's nothing better than discussing the twists and turns of plot lines while working out to some 16oz curls!

July's Theme: Nostalgia
Matt's Pick: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Gabrielle Bell for "Everything is Flammable"
Jul
27
7:00 pm19:00

Gabrielle Bell for "Everything is Flammable"

  • SubText Books

Join us in the store on Thursday, July 27th at 7:00 PM to hear Gabrielle Bell read and discuss her amazing graphic memoir, "Everything is Flammable." Bell will be in conversation with graphic artist Kevin Huizenga. Book signing to follow!

Paul Kingsnorth + Eric Utne at The University Club
Aug
8
7:00 pm19:00

Paul Kingsnorth + Eric Utne at The University Club

  • University Club

SubText Books presents Paul Kingsnorth (author of Beast, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist) and Eric Utne in conversation at The University Club of Saint Paul on Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00 PM. Book signing to follow, with a cash bar on site. 

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paul-kingsnorth-eric-utne-at-the-university-club-tickets-35711552214  

Err Vol. 1 Book Party + Shelf Takeover
Aug
9
7:00 pm19:00

Err Vol. 1 Book Party + Shelf Takeover

  • Amsterdam Bar and Hall

SubText Books is partnering with Err Artist Collective! Join us at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on Wednesday, August 9th at 7:00 PM for a party celebrating the release of Err's anthology, "Err: Volume One." The party will feature readings, live art, music, and many fun surprises. Plus delicious food and drinks from Amsterdam! 

Plus, Err will be taking over one of our shelves and filling it with chapbooks, CDs, prints, merch, blood, sweat, and tears of Err artists! The take-over will take place from August 2-9, culminating in an event at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on August 9.

Ellen Hart with J.M. Redmann and Jessie Chandler
Aug
12
2:00 pm14:00

Ellen Hart with J.M. Redmann and Jessie Chandler

  • SubText Books

Join us in the store on Saturday, August 12th at 2:00 PM for a reading with Ellen Hart for her new Jane Lawless mystery, "Fever in the Dark." Hart will be in conversation with fellow authors J.M. Redmann ("The Girl on the Edge of Summer," "Roots of Murder," and "Perdition") and Jessie Chandler ("Blood Money Murder"). Book signing to follow. 

Resistance Book Club: "Radical Hope"
Aug
21
7:00 pm19:00

Resistance Book Club: "Radical Hope"

  • SubText Books

August's Resistance Book Club will discuss "Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times" edited by Carolina De Robertis. 

Radical Hope is a collection of letters—to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged—written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists. Provocative and inspiring, Radical Hope offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage needed to navigate this time of upheaval, uncertainty, and fear, in view of the recent US presidential election.


Dawn Reno Langley for "The Mourning Parade"
Jul
23
2:00 pm14:00

Dawn Reno Langley for "The Mourning Parade"

  • SubText Books

Join us in the store on Sunday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM and spend the afternoon with Dawn Reno Langley! She will be reading and discussing her new novel, "The Mourning Parade." Book signing to follow. 

Wild Morning at SubText
Jul
19
7:00 pm19:00

Wild Morning at SubText

  • SubText Books

Join us in the store on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 PM for a reading and workshop for "Wild Morning," lead by creators Brittany Chaffee and Dave Puente!  After the presentation and book signing, migrate across the street to Hamilton Ink Spot, where there will be print making, refreshments, and conversation. Join us!

Resistance Book Club: "No Is Not Enough"
Jul
17
7:00 pm19:00

Resistance Book Club: "No Is Not Enough"

  • SubText Books

July's Resistance Book Club (formerly Political Action Book Club) will discuss Naomi Klein's brilliant work, "No Is Not Enough." 

Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and “brand bullies.” From this unique perspective, she argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-century—the very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism the world over. It is not enough, she tells us, to merely resist, to say “no.” Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring “yes,” a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide us - one that sets a bold course for winning the fair and caring world we want and need.

This timely, urgent book from one of our most influential thinkers offers a bracing positive shock of its own, helping us understand just how we got here, and how we can, collectively, come together and heal.

Adina Burke and Bernard Ferguson poetry reading
Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

Adina Burke and Bernard Ferguson poetry reading

  • SubText Books

Local poets Adina Burke and Bernard Ferguson will spend the evening performing and discussing their poetry on Wednesday, June 28th at 7:00 PM. Adina will recite poems from her autobiographical book "Bird's Eye," and Bernard will perform his dazzling pieces of spoken word.

Jun
27
7:00 pm19:00

Freestyle Book Club: Different Perspectives

  • SubText Books

**June's meeting will take place in the store at SubText!**

The Freestyle Book Club is led by our Bibliotherapist, Matt Keliher at SubText. This is a gathering of individuals who share their perspectives on the chosen book club theme. The Freestyle Book Club is a relaxed gathering. You can read from the list of suggestions, or choose a book on your own that fits the theme, and join us on the night of the event to share your perspective. There's nothing better than discussing the twists and turns of plot lines while working out to some 16oz curls!

June's Theme: Different Perspectives (read a book from a different perspective than your own)

Michael Murphy for "Songs of Crocus Hill"
Jun
27
5:00 pm17:00

Michael Murphy for "Songs of Crocus Hill"

  • The Commodore

Join SubText Books and Michael Murphy at The Commodore on Tuesday, June 27th at 5:00pm for an evening of poetry and conversation. Michael Murphy will be reading and discussing his poetry collection, "Songs of Crocus Hill," and a book signing will follow. 

Carolyn Porter for "Marcel's Letters"
Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

Carolyn Porter for "Marcel's Letters"

  • SubText Books

Carolyn Porter will be reading and discussing her fantastic new book, "Marcel's Letters," on Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00 PM at SubText Books. This event is held in conjunction with the monthly gathering of Type Tuesday, a local group of type designers, type historians, and lovers of all things related to typography. Book signing to follow, free and open to the public!

DC Edwards for "Bright City"
Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

DC Edwards for "Bright City"

  • SubText Books

Join us in the store on Wednesday, June 21st to hear DC Edwards read and discuss "Bright City." DC will be joined by fellow authors Maya Beck and Irna Landrum. Book signing to follow the conversation. 

Freestyle Book Club: TBD
Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

Freestyle Book Club: TBD

  • Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

The Freestyle Book Club is led by our Bibliotherapist, Matt Keliher at SubText. This is a gathering of individuals who share their perspectives on the chosen book club theme. The Freestyle Book Club is a relaxed gathering. You can read from the list of suggestions, or choose a book on your own that fits the theme, and join us on the night of the event to share your perspective. There's nothing better than discussing the twists and turns of plot lines while working out to some 16oz curls!

June's Theme: To be determined

Political Action Book Club-- EVICTED
Jun
19
7:00 pm19:00

Political Action Book Club-- EVICTED

  • Subtext Bookstore

Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is one of the most important books this decade, and one of the best books I (Matt!) have ever read. It shares the stories of eight families as they struggle to find secure housing in Milwaukee. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of the twenty-first century America's most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. This is required reading.

Greg Scott for "Bullseye Breach"
Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

Greg Scott for "Bullseye Breach"

  • SubText Books

Join us in the store on Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00 PM to hear Greg Scott read and discuss his new work, "Bullseye Breach." Book signing to follow. 

Books & Bars (Minneapolis): "Sweetbitter"
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

Books & Bars (Minneapolis): "Sweetbitter"

  • Indeed Brewing

Pick for June: "Sweetbitter" by Stephanie Danler

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere (with liquid courage) for a lively discussion of interesting authors with fun people and good food. You’re invited to our free events with moderator Jeff Kamin & other spirited characters each month. All welcome!

"Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers"
Jun
9
7:00 pm19:00

"Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers"

  • SubText Books

Join us in the store on Friday, June 9th at 7:00 PM to celebrate the paperback release of "Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers." This reading will feature contributing writers Carrie Pomeroy, Faith Sullivan, Taiyon Coleman, Morgan Grayce Willow, and guest reader Carolyn Holbrook and editor Kathryn Kysar. Book signing to follow! 

Omar El Akkad for "American War"
Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

Omar El Akkad for "American War"

  • Hotel 340

Join SubText Books on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 PM at the St. Paul Athletic Club to hear Omar El Akkad read and discuss his fantastic new novel, "American War." El Akkad will be in conversation with Subtext's Matt Keliher, and a book signing will follow. Mark your calendars, you won't want to miss this event!

Books & Bars (St. Paul): "Sweetbitter"
Jun
6
6:15 pm18:15

Books & Bars (St. Paul): "Sweetbitter"

  • Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Pick for June: "Sweetbitter" by Stephanie Danler

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere (with liquid courage) for a lively discussion of interesting authors with fun people and good food. You’re invited to our free events with moderator Jeff Kamin & other spirited characters each month. All welcome!

Courtney Maum for "Touch"
Jun
2
7:00 pm19:00

Courtney Maum for "Touch"

  • SubText Books

Join us on Friday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM in the store to hear Courtney Maum read and discuss her brilliant new novel, "Touch." It's a timely, satirical, and moving story, and this is an event you won't want to miss! Book signing to follow. 

Louis A. Del Monte for "Nanoweapons"
May
31
7:00 pm19:00

Louis A. Del Monte for "Nanoweapons"

  • SubText Books

Join us on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 PM in the store to hear Louis A. Del Monte read and discuss his new work, "Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity." Book signing to follow. 

Freestyle Book Club-- Short Stories
May
30
7:00 pm19:00

Freestyle Book Club-- Short Stories

  • Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

The Freestyle Book Club is led by our Bibliotherapist, Matt Keliher at SubText. This is a gathering of individuals who share their perspectives on the chosen book club theme. The Freestyle Book Club is a relaxed gathering. You can read from the list of suggestions, or choose a book on your own that fits the theme, and join us on the night of the event to share your perspective. There's nothing better than discussing the twists and turns of plot lines while working out to some 16oz curls!

May's Theme: Short Stories

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