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6 West Fifth Street, St. Paul Minnesota 55102.

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10am-6pm Sunday
 

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Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a St. Paul High School
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a St. Paul High School

Join us in the store on Thursday, September 21st at 7:00 PM to hear students read from Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a St. Paul High School. They will share their stories and take questions. 

On Jan. 12, 2017 Green Card Voices met with 30 immigrant students, and soon-to-be-authors, from LEAP High School in St. Paul. Through a presentation with former Wellstone student (and author in the Minneapolis book), Zaynab Abdi, the students asked questions and calmed their nerves in preparation for the recording later in January. The students have been preparing to record their narratives for the past semester under the guidance of EL teacher Dr. Amy Hewett-Olatunde. Green Card Voices, in collaboration with Hamline University graduate students, will work with these English Learner (EL) students, who come from thirteen different countries, to create individual online video narratives and written personal essays that can be found in the book.

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Bao Phi for "A Different Pond" story time
Sep
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

Bao Phi for "A Different Pond" story time

Join us in the store on Sunday, September 24th at 1pm for a special story time! Bao Phi will be reading from his new children's book, "A Different Pond." It's a beautiful story from a fantastic poet, you won't want to miss it. Book signing to follow!

The New York Times has said that Bao Phi's poetry "rhymes with the truth." Together with graphic novelist Thi Bui's striking, evocative art, Phi's expertly crafted prose reflects an immigrant family making its way in a new home while honoring its bonds to the past.

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Freestyle Book Club: Trees
Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Freestyle Book Club: Trees

September's Theme: Trees

The Freestyle Book Club is led by our Bibliotherapist, Matt Keliher at SubText. This is a relaxed gathering of individuals who share their perspectives on the chosen book club theme. 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!
 

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Books and Bars: "The Other Einstein"
Oct
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

Books and Bars: "The Other Einstein"

**Author will be in attendance!**

October's Pick: "The Other Einstein," by Marie Benedict

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!

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Oct
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Read and Response: An Open Mic

Join us on Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 PM in the store for a very special open mic and reading! The first 20 minutes will be open for anyone to share their work, followed by readings by our featured artists: Anthony Ceballos, McKinley Ciepielinski, Kenny Ngo, Michael Torres, and Sasha Suarez

Any and all are welcome to read their work, or sit back and listen to wonderful local talent (don't worry, you won't be forced to participate). There will be time after the reading for audience members to give feedback to the authors as well. For those interested in participating in the open mic section, there will be a signup sheet at the event. 

Click on the event title to read more about the authors. 

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Amy and Dave Freeman Celebrate "A Year in the Wilderness"
Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Amy and Dave Freeman Celebrate "A Year in the Wilderness"

Join National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, educators, and authors Amy and Dave Freeman in celebration of their debut book, A Year in the Wilderness, a passionate and beautifully illustrated account of a year in the Boundary Waters. After learning of mining in the Wilderness Area's watershed, the Freemans decided to spend a year in the wilderness to speak loudly for this quiet place.

Musician and poet Ben Weaver will play a few songs and join the Freemans for a conversation about their adventure, witness activism, and writing their first book, followed by a book signing with the Freemans.

*This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. Please follow this link to RSVP.

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Books and Bars Minneapolis: "Saga, Vol. 1 and 2"
Sep
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Books and Bars Minneapolis: "Saga, Vol. 1 and 2"

Pick for September: Saga, Vol. 1 and 2 by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples

Experience a rare Saturday night as part of the 2nd annual LITCRAWL MN. We will read the comic Saga, issues 1-12, avail as two trade volumes for sale at Subtext and our events. This is a space opera on the level of Star Wars with the most gorgeous artwork you'll find on the page today. This is a great entry point to a series that is still going strong. Highly recommended.

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Sep
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poetry & Music with Mark Fleury, Danny Klecko, Scott Vetsch, and Dylan Hicks

Join us in the store on Friday, September 15th at 7:00 PM for an evening of poetry and music! Featuring Mark Fleury, Danny Klecko, Scott Vetsch, and Dylan Hicks, this is an event not to be missed. 

Danny Klecko will start the evening with a reading, followed by Scott Vetsch. Dylan Hicks will then play a set of music, and Mark Fleury will close the evening with a reading of his poetry. Book signing to follow! 

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Danez Smith "Don't Call Us Dead" Book Launch
Sep
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Danez Smith "Don't Call Us Dead" Book Launch

Celebrate the launch of Danez Smith's new book, "Don't Call Us Dead" (Graywolf Press), on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:00 PM at the Black Dog Café in St. Paul! It will also be the release party for "Softer," a new poetry collection by the inaugural St. Paul Youth Poet Laureate, Donte Collins. The event will be hosted by Tish Jones and Keno Evol, and will feature Sarah Ogutu and Hieu Minh Nguyen. Sponsored by TruArtSpeaks. 

Smith, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, also served as the official St. Paul Youth Poet Laureate mentor, working with Collins to shape and edit their collection. 

Book Release Celebration, Reading & Signing:
•Donte Collins: Softer (TruArtSpeaks/Arcata Press; $10)
•Danez Smith: Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press; $16)
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at The Black Dog Café in Saint Paul; 7pm. Free. Limited Seating.

Reserve Your Ticket Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joint-book-release-party-for-danez-smith-donte-collins-tickets-36668195560

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Books and Bars St. Paul: Saga Vol. 1 and 2
Sep
5
5:00pm 5:00pm

Books and Bars St. Paul: Saga Vol. 1 and 2

Pick for September: Saga, Vol. 1 and 2 writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staple

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!

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

Resistance Book Club: "Radical Hope"

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.

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Celebrate 5 Years of SubText Books
Aug
19
9:00am 9:00am

Celebrate 5 Years of SubText Books

This summer marks our 5th year in business, and we want to celebrate with you! Come to the store on Saturday, August 19th to say hi and partake in special sales on used books and MN authors, plus lots of other fun surprises. You can even take a gamble and go on a blind date with a book to discover something new (don't worry, they've all been vetted). We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Photo credit: Valerie Hsu

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

Ellen Hart with J.M. Redmann and Jessie Chandler

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. 

Click cover to read more. 

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

Err Vol. 1 Book Party + Shelf Takeover

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.

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

Paul Kingsnorth + Eric Utne at The 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  

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

Freestyle Book Club: Nostalgia

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

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

Wild Morning at SubText

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!

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

Resistance Book Club: "No Is Not Enough"

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.

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Jun
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Freestyle Book Club: Different Perspectives

**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)

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