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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

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. 

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. 

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!

Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

H.G. Wells Book Club/Class

  • SubText Books

Join Sue Zumberge and Justin E.A. Busch on an exploration through the works of H.G. Wells. This book club/class will take place every Tuesday in June at 7:00 PM (starting June 6th), and the registration fee is $50. Please call the store (651-493-2791) for more information and to register!

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!

"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! 

Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

H.G. Wells Book Club/Class

  • SubText Books

Join Sue Zumberge and Justin E.A. Busch on an exploration through the works of H.G. Wells. This book club/class will take place every Tuesday in June at 7:00 PM (starting June 6th), and the registration fee is $50. Please register by the third week of April. For more information and to register, call the store at 651-493-2791. 

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!

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. 

Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

H.G. Wells Book Club/Class

  • SubText Books

Join Sue Zumberge and Justin E.A. Busch on an exploration through the works of H.G. Wells. This book club/class will take place every Tuesday in June at 7:00 PM (starting June 6th), and the registration fee is $50. Please register by the third week of April. For more information and to register, call the store at 651-493-2791. 

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

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!

Jun
27
7:00 pm19:00

H.G. Wells Book Club/Class

  • SubText Books

Join Sue Zumberge and Justin E.A. Busch on an exploration through the works of H.G. Wells. This book club/class will take place every Tuesday in June at 7:00 PM (starting June 6th), and the registration fee is $50. Please register by the third week of April. For more information and to register, call the store at 651-493-2791. 


Kristi Belcamino + Lori Rader-Day
May
25
7:00 pm19:00

Kristi Belcamino + Lori Rader-Day

  • SubText Books

Join us on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 PM in the store to celebrate the release of Kristi Belcamino's new novel, "City of Angels," and Lori Rader-Day's new novel "The Day I Died." Book signing to follow reading and conversation. 

May
18
7:00 pm19:00

Nora McInerny + Jessica Lourey at Amsterdam Bar and Hall

  • Amsterdam Bar and Hall

**Unfortunately, Nora will be unable to make tonight's event. HOWEVER, Jess Lourey will still be reading, and she'll be joined by the wonderful Kristi.Belcamino! We apologize for any inconvenience. It's still going to be a wonderful event, so we hope to see you there!**

SubText Books is proud to host Nora McInerny Purmort and Jessica Lourey for a joint event at Amsterdam Bar and Hall! Join us on Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 PM (doors at 6:30 PM) for an evening full of laughter, inspiration, and books (and maybe tears too). Nora will read and discuss her memoir, "It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too), and Jessica Lourey will read and discuss her new book, "Rewrite Your Life." Book signing to follow the conversation!

***This is a free event, but please RSVP here!***

J. Robert Lennon for "Broken River"
May
16
7:00 pm19:00

J. Robert Lennon for "Broken River"

  • Saint Paul Athletic Club

Join us on Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 PM at the St. Paul Athletic Club to hear J. Robert Lennon read and discuss his new novel, "Broken River" (out from Graywolf Press on May 16th). In conversation with Benjamin Percy (author of Thrill Me and the forthcoming The Dark Net, among others). Book signing to follow. Refreshments available via cash bar. 

Political Action Book Club-- Direct Action
May
15
7:00 pm19:00

Political Action Book Club-- Direct Action

This month's Political Action Book Club tackles the history of American Radicalism and Protest. We'll be reading Direct Action by L.A. Kauffman, out this year from Verso Books. L.A. Kauffman is a historian of American radicalism and her newest work, 25 years in the making, is essential reading in times like these. We'll use this text as a guide to a discussion on how to partake in direct action, how to avoid burnout, and to provide a historical understanding of political protest in America.

Paperback launch for "Hockey Strong" by Todd Smith, with Jim Walsh!
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Paperback launch for "Hockey Strong" by Todd Smith, with Jim Walsh!

  • The Dubliner Cafe

Join us on Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at The Dubliner Cafe in St. Paul to celebrate the paperback release of "Hockey Strong" by Todd Smith! Local author, journalist, and musician Jim Walsh will also read and discuss his books "Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes" and "Gold Experience." Raise a glass to hockey, music, and books with us!

Mayte Garcia for "The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince"
May
9
7:00 pm19:00

Mayte Garcia for "The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince"

  • University Club of St. Paul

SubText Books is proud to host Mayte Garcia for a reading and signing for her new book, "The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince." Join us on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30) at The University Club of St. Paul to hear the wonderful and talented Ms. Garcia speak about her life, and then get your book personally signed. Introduction by local legend Jim Walsh, author of "Gold Experience: Following Prince in the '90s." Please note, this is a ticketed event. Each ticket is $30 and includes a copy of "The Most Beautiful." Additional copies will be available for purchase. 

***To purchase tickets, click here***

Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 7:00 PM

Tom Glaser for "Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know"
Apr
30
2:00 pm14:00

Tom Glaser for "Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know"

  • SubText Books

Join us on Sunday, April 30th to hear Tom Glaser read and discuss his book, "Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I know." Book signing to follow. 

When was the last time you said the words, “I’m really happy” and meant it? If it’s been a while, then you are not alone. For many of us, happiness only occurs at peak moments in our lives; it is not something we experience every day. No one knew that more than psychologist and author Tom Glaser.

Following the unhappiest period of his adult life, Tom set out to find how nine of the happiest people he knows got that way. These nine exceptionally happy but otherwise ordinary people shared how they honor their strengths and weaknesses, connect with their true passions, and enrich their lives and those around them.

In Full Heart Living, Tom uncovers what's behind the simple yet profound everyday choices these truly happy people make. Plus, he breaks down those choices into easy to follow steps. Take your first step. As Anne Frank said, "Whoever is happy will make others happy too."  

 

Independent Bookstore Day!
Apr
29
9:00 am09:00

Independent Bookstore Day!

  • SubText Books

Independent Bookstore Day is near! On April 29th, join the party and help us show the world why the Twin Cities love Independent Bookstores! 

It's a day full of fun and books, and this year we have lots of exciting events planned throughout the day. We're open 9:00am-9:00pm on the 29th, so you have a solid day to visit us and the other wonderful bookstores in town. Get those book bags ready and join the party!
 

Russell Rathbun for "The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea"
Apr
27
7:00 pm19:00

Russell Rathbun for "The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea"

  • SubText Books

Hamilton Ink Spot and Subtext Books are teaming up again to showcase local author Russell Rathbun's new book, "The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps and the Audacity of Ambition." With hip shaking and printing to follow at Hamilton Ink Spot. Music by DJ Father Time. Libations, and the opportunity to pull an original screen print poster by Saint Paul artist Chris Larson

Dudley Riggs for "Flying Funny"
Apr
26
7:00 pm19:00

Dudley Riggs for "Flying Funny"

  • SubText Books

Join us on Wednesday, April 26th at 7pm in the store to hear Dudley Riggs read and discuss his new book, "Flying Funny: My Life without a Net." Book signing to follow. 

Freestyle Book Club--Medicine and the Human Body
Apr
25
7:00 pm19:00

Freestyle Book Club--Medicine and the Human Body

  • Tin Whiskers Brewing Co

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!

Saint Paul Almanac: On a Collected Path
Apr
23
2:00 pm14:00

Saint Paul Almanac: On a Collected Path

  • SubText Books

Join us at Subtext Books to help us celebrate the 11th Saint Paul Almanac: On a Collected Path. This series will include twelve different readings around Saint Paul featuring authors sharing their pieces from the Almanac. 

This reading will feature Anita Dualeh, Beth Voigt, Christina Joyce, Deborah Costandine, Isadora Gruye, James Zimmerman, Jens Rothausen-Vange, Linda White, Michael E. Murphy, Michael Gause and Nell Morningstar Ubbelohde. Hosted by Linda White.

Apr
22
1:00 pm13:00

Acoustic Afternoon with Angie Heaton & Eleni Moraites

  • SubText Books

Enjoy some acoustic music while you browse! SubText Books is pleased to host Angie Heaton and Eleni Moraites on Saturday, April 22nd at 1:00pm-2:30pm. Sit back and relax as you listen, or enjoy while you browse the shelves and discover your next favorite!

Nora McInerny Purmort for "It's Okay to Laugh"
Apr
7
7:00 pm19:00

Nora McInerny Purmort for "It's Okay to Laugh"

  • SubText Books

Celebrate the paperback release of Nora McInerny Purmort's amazing memoir, "It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)" on Friday, April 7th at 7pm at SubText Books! Nora will be reading and discussing the memoir, with a book signing afterwards. 

Freestyle Book Club: Sports
Mar
28
7:00 pm19:00

Freestyle Book Club: Sports

  • 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!

March Theme: Sports! 

Mar
20
7:00 pm19:00

Political Action Book Club

  • SubText Books

Join us Monday, March 20th at 7pm for the next installment of our Political Action Book Club. This month, we will be reading Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis. This book meets at SubText Books. 

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