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6 West Fifth Street, St. Paul Minnesota 55102.

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10am-6pm Sunday
 

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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!
 

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."  

 

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. 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

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!

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.

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. 


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. 

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"

  • SubText Books

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"

  • SubText Books

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

  • SubText Books

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"

  • SubText Books

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

  • SubText Books

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. 

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