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Independent Bookstore Day 2018
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at SubText Books on Saturday, April 28th! Our doors will be open all day (9am-9pm) so come on out, say hi, and grab a new book or two!

Highlights include:
11am: Storytime with Matt
12pm-2pm: Guest bookseller Nora McInerny will be in the store talking up her favorite books, and her "bonus babe" Sophie will be slinging books from the YA section
6:30pm: Music from Brian Barnes

Plus coffee and donuts in the morning and beverages in the evening. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theatre preview event for "Matinee"
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theatre preview event for "Matinee"

Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM for a preview event for Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theatre's upcoming production, "Matinee," a dance/theatre/film adaptation of American avant-garde novelist Robert Coover's New Yorker short story. 

*All attendees will receive a promo code to use for discounted tickets to SPDT's performances of "Matinee," May 11-13 2018 at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts*

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Cary J. Griffith for "Gunflint Burning"
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Cary J. Griffith for "Gunflint Burning"

Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm for a reading with Cary J. Griffith!  Griffith will read and discuss his latest work,"Gunflint Burning," which is a comprehensive account of the dramatic events around the Ham Lake fire of 2007, one of the largest wildfires in Minnesota history. Book signing to follow!

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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!

**This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.**

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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Caitlin Bailey for "Solve for Desire," w/ Gretchen Marquette and Roy Guzmán
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Caitlin Bailey for "Solve for Desire," w/ Gretchen Marquette and Roy Guzmán

Join us in the store on Friday, April 13th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Caitlin Bailey for her recent poetry collection, "Solve for Desire" (Milkweed Editions, 2017). Bailey will be joined by Gretchen Marquette ("May Day," Graywolf Press 2016) and Roy Guzmán. Book signing to follow! 


FINALIST FOR THE MINNESOTA BOOK AWARD

"Solve for Desire" is a debut collection of poems that finds fertile ground in the unknown degree of intimacy, the mysterious and intense relationship, between siblings Georg and Grete Trakl.

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Elizabeth Foy Larsen for "111 Places in the Twin Cities That You Must Not Miss"
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Elizabeth Foy Larsen for "111 Places in the Twin Cities That You Must Not Miss"

Join SubText Books on Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 PM for a reading and discussion with Elizabeth Foy Larsen! She'll discuss her latest book, "111 Places in the Twin Cities That You Must Not Miss." Whether you're a native or a transplant, you'll love this book!

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Allison Coffelt and Jeannine Ouellette
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Allison Coffelt and Jeannine Ouellette

Join SubText Books in the store on Tuesday, April 10th for a reading with Allison Coffelt and Jeannine Ouellette! Coffelt will read from her new book, "Maps Are Lines We Draw," and Ouellette will read from her in process manuscript. Book signing to follow the reading and conversation!

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Bruce Haas book signing: "Great Game! D1 College Hockey: People, Places, Perspectives"
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Bruce Haas book signing: "Great Game! D1 College Hockey: People, Places, Perspectives"

Join us in the store on Friday, April 6th between 10am and noon to meet author Bruce Haas! He'll be signing copies of his new book, Great Game! D1 College Hockey: People, Places, Perspectives. Stop by on your way to or from the Frozen Four at Xcel! 

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James P. Lenfestey for "A Marriage Book"
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

James P. Lenfestey for "A Marriage Book"

Join SubText Books on Thursday, April 5th at 7:00 PM for a reading with James P. Lenfestey! James will be read and discuss his recent book, "A Marriage Book: 50 Years of Poems from a Marriage." Book signing to follow!

"A collection rooted in passion, desire, sensuality, and the 'shared heat' of love. . . . This is above all a book of transcendence, of celebration. . . . This is a truly superb book, an absolute joy to read." —Robert Hedin

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Read & Response: An Open Mic
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Read & Response: An Open Mic

Join us on Thursday, March 29th at 7:00 PM in the store for the next installment of Read & Response! The first half of the evening will be open for anyone to share their work, followed by readings from the featured artists: Trisha Collopy, Jasper Rubin Hardin, and Venus de Mars.

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Miriam Karmel for "Subtle Variations"
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Miriam Karmel for "Subtle Variations"

Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, March 21st at 7pm for a reading with Miriam Karmel! She will be reading and discussing her recent short story collection, "Subtle Variations." Book signing to follow!

"Gently told in prose that is elegantly matter-of-fact and lovingly descriptive and detailed, Subtle Variations and Other Stories is a beautiful and moving read." —Linda LeGarde Grover,  author of The Dance Boots

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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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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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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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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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