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10am-6pm Sunday
 

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Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Stanley Kusunoki and Kevin Fitzpatrick Poetry Reading

Join us in the store on Friday, October 20th at 7:00 PM for an evening of poetry with Stanley Kusunoki and Kevin Fitzpatrick. Kusunoki will be reading from his new collection, "Items in the News," and Fitzpatrick will be reading from his collection, "Still Living in Town." Book signing to follow!

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Signing: John Feinstein for "The First Major"
Oct
24
2:00pm 2:00pm

Signing: John Feinstein for "The First Major"

On Tuesday, October 24th at 2:00 PM, John Feinstein will be in the store signing copies of his new book, "The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup." Stop in, meet Feinstein, and get your book signed! 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "A Good Walk Spoiled," a dramatic chronicle of the bitterly-fought 2016 Ryder Cup pitting a U.S. team out for revenge against the Europeans determined to keep the Cup out of American hands.

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H.G. Wells Discussion Group Week One
Oct
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

H.G. Wells Discussion Group Week One

SubText Books is partnering with H.G. Wells expert and scholar Justin Busch to present a four week class/discussion group centering around HG Wells! Each week will focus on a different H.G. Wells work: "The Rights of Men," "The Time Machine," "The Croquet Player," and "Men Like Gods." The group will meet once a week for a month on Wednesdays at 7:00pm at SubTexts Books. The meetings will take place on 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, and 11/15

Class fee is $50, which includes one copy of all four books discussed. To sign up for the class, visit this Eventbrite link. Spots are limited. 

If you have any questions, call SubText Books at 651-493-2791. 

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Mark Abramson for "Minnesota Boy"
Nov
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mark Abramson for "Minnesota Boy"

Join us in the store for a reading and conversation with Mark Abramson to celebrate his new memoir, "Minnesota Boy." Book signing to follow! 

From the author: 
“I think you should write a book about that trip you took to Europe when you were right out of high school, playing your saxophone with that band, you know?” It started out with that phone call from my mother on her death bed, or so she thought. It turned into a longer story about college, being different, trying to fit in, and slowly coming out, in more ways than one. Then it turned into a story about love and longing and finally leaving Minnesota for San Francisco.

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H.G. Wells Discussion Group Week Two
Nov
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

H.G. Wells Discussion Group Week Two

SubText Books is partnering with H.G. Wells expert and scholar Justin Busch to present a four week class/discussion group centering around HG Wells! Each week will focus on a different H.G. Wells work: "The Rights of Men," "The Time Machine," "The Croquet Player," and "Men Like Gods." The group will meet once a week for a month on Wednesdays at 7:00pm at SubTexts Books. The meetings will take place on 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, and 11/15

Class fee is $50, which includes one copy of all four books discussed. To sign up for the class, visit this Eventbrite link. Spots are limited. 

If you have any questions, call SubText Books at 651-493-2791. 

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Cleve Jones for "When We Rise"
Nov
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Cleve Jones for "When We Rise"

SubText Books is proud to host legendary LGBTQ icon Cleve Jones for a reading of his amazing memoir, "When We Rise." Book signing to follow! 

“You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should know about the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from one of its key participants – maybe heroes – but really, you should read it for pleasure and joy.”
—Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me

In his award-winning memoir When We Rise, Cleve Jones details the nearly four decades he’s spent at the center of the groundbreaking movement, fighting to give voice to people who, for much of human history, have been silenced.

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H.G. Wells Discussion Group Week Three
Nov
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

H.G. Wells Discussion Group Week Three

SubText Books is partnering with H.G. Wells expert and scholar Justin Busch to present a four week class/discussion group centering around HG Wells! Each week will focus on a different H.G. Wells work: "The Rights of Men," "The Time Machine," "The Croquet Player," and "Men Like Gods." The group will meet once a week for a month on Wednesdays at 7:00pm at SubTexts Books. The meetings will take place on 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, and 11/15

Class fee is $50, which includes one copy of all four books discussed. To sign up for the class, visit this Eventbrite link. Spots are limited. 

If you have any questions, call SubText Books at 651-493-2791. 

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Poetry reading: Rick Hilber with Dave Solheim, Dale Jacobson, and Michael Moos
Nov
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poetry reading: Rick Hilber with Dave Solheim, Dale Jacobson, and Michael Moos

Join us in the store on Wednesday, November 8th for an evening of poetry! Rick Hilber will be reading from his new collection, "In Pieces in the Plaza," and he'll be joined by poets Dave Solheim, Dale Jacobson, and Michael Moos. The reading and discussion will be followed by a book signing. 

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Jarret Middleton for "Darkansas"
Nov
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jarret Middleton for "Darkansas"

SubText Books is excited to host Jarret Middleton for a reading on Thursday, November 9th at 7:00 PM for his new novel, "Darkansas." SubText's Matt Keliher will join Middleton for a conversation, and a book signing will follow. Don't miss this!

“The devil didn't go down to Georgia, he went to Arkansas, where the Bayne family struggle against Beelzebub's grip on their collective fates. Middleton's debut has it allsex, song, sadness, and a history as dark and twisted as the Ozark hollers that fill these pages. Holy hell, what a book.” Peter Geye, author of Wintering and The Lighthouse Road

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Storytime: "How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster" by Aurora Whittet
Nov
11
10:30am10:30am

Storytime: "How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster" by Aurora Whittet

You're invited to a Monster Party on Saturday, November 11th at 10:30am! Join author Aurora Whittet for a special storytime to celebrate her newest children's picture book, "How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster" at SubText Books. Join her for a book reading and signing, while enjoying monster cookies!

Synopsis:
Do you like smearing your lunch all over yourself? Do you fight with your sister just because she’s there? Do you find yourself unable to go to bed because mysterious ninjas keep stealing your pajamas? Then you’re a little monster! Guess what: Mom can be a monster too! It’s up to you to make your mom’s monster come out to play. . .

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H.G. Wells Discussion Group Week Four
Nov
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

H.G. Wells Discussion Group Week Four

SubText Books is partnering with H.G. Wells expert and scholar Justin Busch to present a four week class/discussion group centering around HG Wells! Each week will focus on a different H.G. Wells work: "The Rights of Men," "The Time Machine," "The Croquet Player," and "Men Like Gods." The group will meet once a week for a month on Wednesdays at 7:00pm at SubTexts Books. The meetings will take place on 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, and 11/15

Class fee is $50, which includes one copy of all four books discussed. To sign up for the class, visit this Eventbrite link. Spots are limited. 

If you have any questions, call SubText Books at 651-493-2791. 

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Steven M. Bell for "Keeping the Doors Open: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Survival"
Nov
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Steven M. Bell for "Keeping the Doors Open: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Survival"

Join us in the store on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00pm for a discussion and signing with Steven M Bell for his new book "Keeping the Doors Open: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Survival." 

Steven Bell is a Twin Cities based author, attorney, entrepreneur and professional manager. During his forty year business career, he has, at various times, served as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel for three different corporations, two of which were SEC public reporting companies. His goal in writing this book is to provide would be or struggling entrepreneurs with inspiration, hope and a potential path to success.

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Sarah Seidelmann for "Swimming with Elephants"
Nov
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sarah Seidelmann for "Swimming with Elephants"

Join us in the store on Thursday, November 16th at 7pm for a reading and conversation with Sarah Seidelmann, author of "Swimming with Elephants." Book signing to follow!

After two decades in the study and practice of medicine, Sarah Seidelmann took a three-month sabbatical to search for a way to feel good again. Having witnessed human suffering early in her career and within her own family, she longed for a way to address more than just the physical needs of her patients and to live in a lighter, more conscious way.

"Swimming with Elephants" tells the eccentric, sometimes poignant, and occasionally hilarious experience of a working mother undergoing a bewildering vocational shift from physician to shamanic healer. During that tumultuous period of answering her call, Sarah met an elephant who would become an important spirit companion on her journey, had bones thrown for her by a shaman in South Africa, and traveled to India for an ancient Hindu pilgrimage, where she received the blessing she had been longing for. Ultimately, she discovered an entirely different way of healing, one that she had always aspired to, and that enabled her to help those who are suffering.

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Kathleen Novak for "Rare Birds"
Nov
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Kathleen Novak for "Rare Birds"

Join us in the store on Wednesday, November 29th at 7pm for a reading with Kathleen Novak for her new book, "Rare Birds." Book signing to follow! 

"Rare Birds" tells the stories of an eclectic group of neighbors in a Northern Minnesota iron mining town. Though mythic in tone, the novel explores the microcosm of community, the assimilation of immigrants, the questioning and rebellion of young men, and the ever and timeless striving for something more.

Kathleen Novak is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and author of the highly acclaimed novel "Do Not Find Me," which was a finalist for the 2016 Minnesota Book Award. Her poems have been published in literary magazines nationally and have won recognition in contests as diverse as the AAUW and New York Public Radio. Ms. Novak lives in Minneapolis. For more see www.kathleennovak.com.

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Resistance Book Club: Emergent Strategy"
Oct
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Resistance Book Club: Emergent Strategy"

Resistance Book Club's October pick is "Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds" by adrienne maree brown. 

Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.

 

 

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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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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. 

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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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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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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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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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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. 

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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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