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Patrick Nathan and Kaethe Schwehn
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Patrick Nathan and Kaethe Schwehn

SubText Books is proud to present a reading with Patrick Nathan and Kaethe Schwehn on Tuesday, February 27th at Black Dog Café! Nathan will read from his new novel Some Hell (Graywolf Press, February 2018), and Schwehn will read from her new novel The Rending and the Nest (Bloomsbury). Conversation and book signing to follow!

6:00 PM — 7:00 PM: Social hour (grab a drink from Black Dog Café, purchase books, and mingle!)

7:00 PM — 8:00 PM: Reading and conversation with Patrick Nathan and Kaethe Schwehn

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Joseph Cassara for "The House of Impossible Beauties" with Chris Stedman
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Joseph Cassara for "The House of Impossible Beauties" with Chris Stedman

SubText Books is proud to present a reading with Joseph Cassara for The House of Impossible Beauties on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 PM in the store! Cassara will be in conversation with Chris Stedman, author of Faithiest. Book signing to follow!

*Named a most anticipated book of 2018 by Buzzfeed - The Wall Street Journal - The Millions - Southern Living - Bustle - Esquire - Entertainment Weekly - Nylon*

A gritty and gorgeous debut that follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning.

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Katie Heaney for "Would You Rather?"
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Katie Heaney for "Would You Rather?"

Join SubText Books on Friday, March 16th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Katie Heaney! Heaney will be reading from her new memoir, Would You Rather? In conversation with Chris Stedman. Book signing to follow!

A collection of poignant, relatable essays from the author of Never Have I Ever about coming out in her late twenties, entering into her first relationship, and figuring out what it means to be an adult.

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Jen Sincero for "You Are a Badass at Making Money"
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Jen Sincero for "You Are a Badass at Making Money"

Join SubText Books on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 PM for a reading and conversation with Jen Sincero! Jen will discuss her latest book, You Are a Badass at Making Money. Book signing to follow!

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass, a life-changing guide to making the kind of money you’ve only ever dreamed of

You Are a Badass at Making Money will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Drawing on her own transformation—over just a few years—from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size, aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results.

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Mike Gunter Jr. for "Tales of an Ecotourist"
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Mike Gunter Jr. for "Tales of an Ecotourist"

Join SubText Books on Friday, February 23rd at 7pm for a reading and conversation with Mike Gunter Jr., author of "Tales of an Ecotourist." Book signing to follow!

Crossing the far corners of the globe, Tales of an Ecotourist showcases travel, from the hot and humid Amazon jungle to the frozen but dry Antarctic, as a simple yet spellbinding lens to better understand the complex issue of climate change.

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"Modern Loss" with Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner, in conversation with Nora McInerny
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

"Modern Loss" with Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner, in conversation with Nora McInerny

SubText Books is excited to host Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner on Thursday, February 15th at 7:00 PM for a reading for their new book, "Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief."

Local author and podcast host, Nora McInerny, will sit down with Modern Loss cofounders and book authors Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner for a no-holds-barred exchange about grief in the age of social media -- the good, the bad, the ugly, and the hilarious. Bring your insights, experiences and, of course, questions. Signing to follow. 

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Joseph Rein and Stephanie Carpenter
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Joseph Rein and Stephanie Carpenter

Join us in the store on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 PM for a short fiction reading featuring Joseph Rein and Stephanie Carpenter. Rein will read from his collection, "Roads without Houses," and Carpenter will read from her collection, "Missing Persons." Book signing to follow!

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Freestyle Book Club: Karen Tei Yamashita
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Freestyle Book Club: Karen Tei Yamashita

January's topic: Karen Tei Yamashita

Matt's favorite: I Hotel

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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"Turning Points: Discovering Meaning and Passion in Turbulent Times"
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

"Turning Points: Discovering Meaning and Passion in Turbulent Times"

Join us in the store on Thursday, January 25th at 7:00 PM for a reading and presentation by members of the Loft Peace and Social Justice Writer's Group. Members will be reading from their new anthology, "Turning Points: Discovering Meaning and Passion in Turbulent Times. Readers include Phillip Lund, Burt Berlowe, Jacqueline Mosio, Robbie Orr, and Roy Wolff. Featuring live music by Pocket of Resistance, with a book signing to follow. 

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Read & Response: An Open Mic
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Read & Response: An Open Mic

Join us on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00 PM in the store for the second installment of Read & Response: An Open Mic. The first half of the evening will be open for anyone to share their work, followed by readings from the featured artists: Michael Kleber-Diggs, Anthony Ceballos, Chavonn Williams-Shen, and Mariela Lemus.

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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Bukola Oriola for "A Living Label"
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Bukola Oriola for "A Living Label"

Join us in the store on Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 PM for an event with Bukola Oriola for her works "A Living Label" and "Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim." Book signing to follow.

Bukola Oriola is an international public and motivational speaker, author, mentor, and advocate, and member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking (appointed by President Obama in December 2015). Oriola is also an award-winning journalist and a survivor of labor trafficking and domestic violence. 

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Storytime: "Small Walt" by Elizabeth Verdick
Jan
13
10:30 AM10:30

Storytime: "Small Walt" by Elizabeth Verdick

Join us in the store on Saturday, January 13th at 10:30 AM for a special storytime event! Elizabeth Verdick will read from her charming children's book, "Small Walt." 

Small Walt and his driver, Gus, take on a blizzard! All the bigger snowplows doubt that Walt has what it takes to plow the roads in the storm, but Walt is determined to prove them wrong.

My name is Walt,
I plow and I salt.
They say I’m small,
but I’ll show them all.

Brimming with onomatopoeia and Walt’s affirming chants, this sweet picture book shows that when it comes to strength, size doesn’t matter. Bestselling illustrator Marc Rosenthal’s wintry scenes make this book the perfect cozy read-aloud.

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Sujata Massey for "The Widows of Malabar Hill"
Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

Sujata Massey for "The Widows of Malabar Hill"

Join us in the store on Friday, January 12th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Sujata Massey for her new novel "The Widows of Malabar Hill." Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India's first female attorney, "The Widows of Malabar Hill" is a new historical mystery with a captivating heroine. Book signing to follow reading!

Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany, was raised mostly in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a full-time novelist. Her novels have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark prizes.

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Danni Starr for "Empathy and Eyebrows"
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

Danni Starr for "Empathy and Eyebrows"

Join us in the store on Friday, December 22nd at 7:00 PM to hear Minnesota native read from her new work, "Empathy and Eyebrows." Book signing to follow!

Between her time as a radio host (she was on local radio station 96.3 for several years running), television figure, and social media personality, Danni Starr has never been afraid of sharing her opinion. In this book, she takes you on a whirlwind tour of her own life and beyond, with plenty of personal perspective and #BlackGirlMagic to go around.

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Linda Morganstein for "Numinosity: A Fractured Memoir"
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Linda Morganstein for "Numinosity: A Fractured Memoir"

Join SubText Books on Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00 PM for a Q&A and book signing with Linda Morganstein for her new work Numinosity: A Fractured Memoir

Numinosity: A Fractured Memoir is a book audaciously modeled on the iconic Life magazine. It consists of six chapters, each an issue of a photo journal called Numinosity. The content is based on pulse-raising events of the times and Morganstein’s eccentric family history, woven into a fictionalized memoir. The issues feature articles written by invented personalities, all played by the author. In addition, she creates all of the advertisements for pretend products, making fun of consumerism with fond ambivalence. Like the artist Cindy Sherman, Morganstein uses her insecurities and swagger to make a larger point about the relationship of humor and tragedy in art, emphasizing that the key to liberating oneself from the past is embracing memory and creating a tragicomic story from

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Norita Dittberner-Jax, Sharon Chmielarz, Margot Galt, and Mary Jo Thompson reading
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Norita Dittberner-Jax, Sharon Chmielarz, Margot Galt, and Mary Jo Thompson reading

Join SubText Books on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Norita Dittberner-Jax, Sharon ChmielarzMargot Galt, and Mary Jo Thompson. Dittberner-Jax will read from her new collection "Crossing the Waters," Sharon Chmielarz will read from her new collection "little eternities," Margot Galt will read from her new work "The Heart Beat of Wings," and Mary Jo Thompson will read from "Stunt Heart." Book signing to follow!

 
 
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Kathleen Novak for "Rare Birds"
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

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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Freestyle Book Club: Anthropomorphism
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Freestyle Book Club: Anthropomorphism

November's topic: Anthropomorphism (the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to an animal or object. Books with talking animals or trees, for example.)

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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Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
9:00 AM09:00

Small Business Saturday

November 25th (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) is Small Business Saturday! Support your local indie bookstore and #ShopSmall. We'll be open 9am-9pm, giving you ample time to stock up on books and get your holiday shopping done. Plus, there will be snacks and refreshments!

Thank you for all your support, and see you Saturday, November 25th!

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Resistance Book Club: "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook"
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Resistance Book Club: "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook"

November's pick: "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook" by Mark Bray

In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray provides a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day — the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises.

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Green Light Reading Series
Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

Green Light Reading Series

The theme for West Egg Literati's reading on Saturday, Nov. 18 is "Pilgrimage," and the featured readers include: Lisa McCallum, Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria and Patrick Werle. Sign-up starts at 6:30 p.m., with the readings beginning at 7 p.m.

West Egg Literati is an organization of Hamline University MFA students who want to grow and develop connections within our program and beyond. Our Green Light Reading Series, named after the iconic green light from The Great Gatsby, celebrates our community of writers and readers through monthly themed open mic nights. Come to read or come to listen—all are welcome. Readers with original poetry, fiction, nonfiction related to the theme are encouraged to join us.

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Sarah Seidelmann for "Swimming with Elephants"
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

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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Steven M. Bell for "Keeping the Doors Open: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Survival"
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

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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Books & Bars Minneapolis: "Frankenstein"
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Books & Bars Minneapolis: "Frankenstein"

Books & Bars discusses Frankenstein. Doors at 6pm. 7pm show. 
Free. All welcome. 

Presented by The Loft.

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter," Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator.

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Storytime: "How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster" by Aurora Whittet
Nov
11
10:30 AM10:30

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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Jarret Middleton for "Darkansas"
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

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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Poetry reading: Rick Hilber with Dave Solheim, Dale Jacobson, and Michael Moos
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

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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Books & Bars St. Paul: "Frankenstein"
Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

Books & Bars St. Paul: "Frankenstein"

November's pick: "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley 

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter," Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator.

With The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, moderator Jeff Kamin brings his unique take on a public book club show to Saint Paul every first Tuesday of the month (with some exceptions). Even if you don’t like the featured book, he “guarantees a good time at our entertaining discussions.” All are welcome to try this moderated reinvention of the book club. No registration required.

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Book Signing: William Durbin for "Dead Man's Rapids"
Nov
6
5:00 PM17:00

Book Signing: William Durbin for "Dead Man's Rapids"

William Durbin will be signing copies of his new book, "Dead Man's Rapids," on Monday, November 6th at 5:00pm-6:00pm. Stop by the store to meet and chat with Durbin and get your book signed! 

The further adventures of a boy discovering the challenges and the humor of a log drive in Minnesota’s north woods in 1899. When 13-year-old Ben Ward left school to work with his Pa in a logging camp, a winter of peeling potatoes wasn’t the adventure he had in mind. Taking up where Blackwater Ben left off, Dead Man’s Rapids returns to Minnesota’s north woods in the late nineteenth century, and with warmth, humor, and attention to historical detail engages readers young and old. 

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