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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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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. 

Mar
14
5:30 pm17:30

Books and Bars: Minneapolis

  • Indeed Brewing

Join Jeff Kamin and fellow readers at The Happy Gnome on March 14th for the Minneapolis  installment of Books and Bars. The book this month is "The Name of the Wind," by Patrick Rothfuss. 5:30pm food/mingle, 7:00pm discussion. 

Mar
13
7:00 pm19:00

Robert Jensen for "The End of Patriarchy"

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Join us on Monday, March 13th at 7pm in the store to hear Robert Jensen read and discuss his new work, "The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men." Book signing to follow reading. 

Mar
7
5:00 pm17:00

Books and Bars: St. Paul

  • The Happy Gnome

Join Jeff Kamin and fellow readers at The Happy Gnome on March 7th for St. Paul's installment of Books and Bars. The book this month is "The Name of the Wind," by Patrick Rothfuss. 5:00pm doors/food, 6:15pm discussion. 

Mar
4
2:00 pm14:00

Linda Kantner for "The World is Who We Are"

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Join us on Saturday, March 4th at 2pm in the store to hear Linda Kantner read and discuss her work "The Wold is Who We Are: A Memoir in Stories." Book signing to follow. 

Following 9/11, the author Linda Kantner finds herself in an English as a Second Language classroom with Jane Sevald, a friend and first year high school teacher. Through chaos, fear, and friendship, we learn the lessons of coming to America, becoming an American, and the challenge to find and live your true self.

Freestyle Book Club—Poetry
Feb
28
7:00 pm19:00

Freestyle Book Club—Poetry

  • 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!

Feb
26
2:00 pm14:00

Local Author Day

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Local Author Day at SubText Books is back! Join us February 26th to celebrate the many wonderful writers who call the great state of Minnesota home. Mark your calendars! 

Feb
25
2:00 pm14:00

Dana Chase for "In Spite of Heroin"

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Join us on Saturday, February 25th at 2pm in the store to hear Dana Chase read and discuss her work In Spite of Heroin

In Spite of Heroin is an intimate and stark portrayal of a mother's devastation, trust, and resolve. Readers will be captivated by Chase's candid, lyrical voice and gripped by the intense pace and emotional core of the story. Eminently readable, In Spite of Heroin is a shocking and unblinking account of how she survived, coped and ultimately overcame the darkness.

 Types of Books, Books of Type
Feb
22
7:00 pm19:00

Types of Books, Books of Type

  • Hamilton Ink Spot

This event will be host at Hamilton Ink Spot at 375 Wabasha St N, St Paul, MN 55102.

Join Hamilton Ink Spot founder and letterpress printer Bill Moran for a virtual tour of some of the twin cities typographic gems. From 15th century manuscripts to 19th century fine press printing you'll see some of the finest type specimens the University of Minnesota has to offer. 

Political Action Book Club
Feb
20
7:00 pm19:00

Political Action Book Club

  • SubText Books

For our next meeting of the Political Action Book Club, we will be reading "What We Do Now: Standing Up For Your Values in Trump's America." Short, powerful essays by writers, activists, and leaders on how we can move forward and protect our values, our politics, and our country.

Feb
14
5:30 pm17:30

Books and Bars: Minneapolis

  • Indeed brewing

Join Jeff Kamin and fellow readers at The Happy Gnome on February 14th for the Minneapolis  installment of Books and Bars. The book this month is "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. 5:30pm food/mingle, 7:00pm discussion. 

Green Light Reading Series presented by West Egg Literati
Feb
10
6:30 pm18:30

Green Light Reading Series presented by West Egg Literati

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Join West Egg Literati, an organization comprised of Hamline University MFA students, on Friday, February 10th for their themed open mic night. All are welcome, so come to read or come to listen. Readers with original poetry, fiction, and nonfiction related to the theme are encouraged to join. The theme for this reading is "Resist." Sign-up begins at 6:30pm, with the readings beginning at 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. 

Feb
7
5:00 pm17:00

Books and Bars: St. Paul

  • The Happy Gnome

Join Jeff Kamin and fellow readers at The Happy Gnome on February 7th for St. Paul's installment of Books and Bars. The book this month is "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. 5:00pm doors/food, 6:15pm discussion. 

Jan
16
7:00 pm19:00

sTb Political Action Book Club

Continuing our Political Action Book Club, we will be reading Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit. We will also be providing information on how you can get involved in the political process, from details about upcoming city council meets to contact information for your legislators, and more. This book meets at SubText Books.

Shelley DeWees presents "Not Just Jane"
Jan
10
7:00 pm19:00

Shelley DeWees presents "Not Just Jane"

  • SubText Books

NEW DATE FOR CANCELLED (DUE TO WEATHER) DECEMBER EVENT!

Shelley DeWees will read from her debut "Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature." 

Holiday Open House
Dec
18
4:00 pm16:00

Holiday Open House

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Come to SubText Books on Sunday, December 18th from 4-6pm for a holiday open house! Festive snacks and drinks will be provided while you browse the shelves. 

Dec
13
7:00 pm19:00

Brian McMahon presents The Ford Century in Minnesota

In 1903, before the Ford Motor Company was even incorporated, Stephen Tenvoorde signed a contract to sell Ford mobiles at his bicycle shop in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Four generations later, the Tenvoorde family still operates what is now the oldest Ford dealership in the world. Brian McMahon chronicles how the fortunes of the company and the state became intertwined during that century.

Dec
13
6:00 pm18:00

Books and Bars — Minneapolis

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication with liquid courage. You’re invited to our events with moderator Jeff Kamin and other spirited characters each month: 1st Tuesdays in St. Paul & 2nd Tuesdays in Minneapolis.

SubText Political Action Book Club--Becoming a Citizen Activist
Dec
12
7:00 pm19:00

SubText Political Action Book Club--Becoming a Citizen Activist

In the last week and a half, my identiy and values have been shaken to their very core. This election has left me feeling helpless and impotent beyond anything I've ever felt before. And, in the last week, countless others have wandered into the bookstore expressing similar disbelief. The only solution to combating this helpless nauseated feeling is to become active. 

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