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Independent Bookstore Day!
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Independent Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, April 27th! We’ll be open from 9am-9pm to celebrate independent bookstores and books with you!

Here’s what we have planned throughout the day:

  • Coffee and donuts in the morning

  • 11am-1pm: Guest booksellers from Coffee House Press, including publisher Chris Fischbach

  • 1pm-3pm: Guest bookseller Danny Klecko

  • All day: The Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Day Passport


Thank you for supporting SubText Books!

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Anthology reading: "Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out from the Shadow of Abuse"
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Anthology reading: "Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out from the Shadow of Abuse"

Join editors Annette Gagliardi and Laura Lanik and contributors on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 PM for a reading from “Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out from the Shadow of Abuse.”

Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out from the Shadow of Abuse gives victims a place to share how the abuse felt, how abuse lingers, and what they have done to heal and move forward. These poems show that abusive experiences affect us all, and if we speak up, we can change our culture for the better.



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Dobby Gibson for "Little Glass Planet" in conversation with Jeff Shotts
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Dobby Gibson for "Little Glass Planet" in conversation with Jeff Shotts

SubText Books is pleased to present an evening with Dobby Gibson on Thursday, May 23rd at Black Dog Café to celebrate the release of Gibson’s “Little Glass Planet.” Gibson will be in conversation with Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor at Graywolf Press.

The event will take place at Black Dog Café (308 E Prince Street), and there will be a reception starting at 6:00 PM followed by the reading and conversation at 7:00 PM. Both are free and open to the public!

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Maryse Meijer for "Rag"
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Maryse Meijer for "Rag"

**New date!**

Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 PM for an event with Maryse Meijer! Meijer will read from her new book, “Rag,” a disquieting story collection that traces the destructive consequences of the desire for connection. Book signing to follow!

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Mark Mallman for "The Happiness Playlist"
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Mallman for "The Happiness Playlist"

Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM for a reading with Mark Mallman, author of “The Happiness Playlist.” Book signing to follow!

Minneapolis musician Mark Mallman woke up at 3 a.m. with a crushing panic attack that wouldn’t end. He responded by pouring songs into a happiness playlist and leaning on the wisdom of friends. This is the true story of a man beset by grief, healed by music, and learning to laugh through it all.

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Laura Purdie Salas, Tracy Nelson Maurer, Megan Maynor, and Lindsey McDivitt
Mar
16
10:30 AM10:30

Laura Purdie Salas, Tracy Nelson Maurer, Megan Maynor, and Lindsey McDivitt

Springtime story time and sing-along!

Join authors Laura Purdie Salas (Snowman-Cold=Puddle: Spring Equations), Tracy Nelson Maurer (John Deere, That's Who!),  Megan Maynor (The Sandcastle that Lola Built), and Lindsey McDivitt (Nature's Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story) for an interactive storytime, sing-along, and book signing. Join the authors at 10:30am on Saturday, March 16, to celebrate spring and look ahead to summer!

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Ben Weaver for "Ragged Ass Joy"
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Ben Weaver for "Ragged Ass Joy"

Join Ben Weaver on Thursday, March 7th at 7:00 PM to celebrate the letterpress release of his epic-manifesto poem “Ragged Ass Joy.”

Ben is most known for his musical tours by bike (which recently took him 3,000 miles down the continental divide from Banff Canada to the US Mexico border). He has also made a name for himself with his hand made letterpress poetry prints and books, of which “Ragged Ass Joy” is no exception. Helping Ben celebrate this release will be a handful of friends and inspirers sharing their own work: Strong Buffalo, Kemet Imhotep, Amoke Kubat, and Thet-Htar.

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Raymond Strom for "Northern Lights"
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Raymond Strom for "Northern Lights"

Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, February 27th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Raymond Strom, author of “Northern Lights.” Book signing to follow!

A stunning debut novel set in the late 1990s as an androgynous youth arrives in small-town Minnesota, searching for the mother who abandoned him as a child.

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Maryse Meijer for "Rag"
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Maryse Meijer for "Rag"

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the event with Maryse Meijer has been postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will be rescheduling the event, however, so stay tuned for the new date!

Join SubText Books in the store on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 PM for an event with Maryse Meijer! Meijer will read from her new story collection, “Rag,” a disquieting collection that traces the destructive consequences of the desire for connection. Book signing to follow!

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Sarah Stacke for "Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum"
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Sarah Stacke for "Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum"

Due to the snow, this event has been rescheduled to Friday, 2/22

Join SubText Books in the store on Friday, February 22 at 7:00 PM for an event with Sarah Stacke, author of “Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum.” Stacke will be in conversation with Lillian Zumberge, and a book signing will follow!

“Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum” is a close-up look at the life and work of early 20th century American photographer Hugh Mangum. The book was made in collaboration with Mangum’s granddaughter, Martha Sumler, and features never-before-seen photographs and ephemera from their family archive.

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Read & Response: Open Mic
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Read & Response: Open Mic

Join SubText Books on Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 PM in the store for the next installment of Read and Response! The first half of the evening will be open for anyone to share their work, followed by readings from the featured artists: Elizbaeth Tannen, Jada Brown, Jess Kuhn, and Sagirah Shahid.

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Sandy Allen for "A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise"
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Sandy Allen for "A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise"

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Sandy Allen, author of “A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise.” Book signing to follow!

Dazzlingly, daringly written, marrying the thoughtful originality of Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts with the revelatory power of Neurotribes and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, this propulsive, stunning book illuminates the experience of living with schizophrenia like never before.

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Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann for "The Girls Are Gone"
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann for "The Girls Are Gone"

Please note new date! Due to weather this event as been rescheduled to 2/6.

Join SubText Books on Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 PM for an event with Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann for “The Girls are Gone.” Book signing to follow.

“The Girls Are Gone” tells the true story of two sisters who went missing, the father who kept searching, and the adults who conspired to keep the truth hidden.

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Daisy Johnson for "Everything Under" with Curtis Sittenfeld
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

Daisy Johnson for "Everything Under" with Curtis Sittenfeld

SubText Books is proud to present a reading with Daisy Johnson on Tuesday, February 5th at Black Dog Café for her novel, Everything Under! In conversation with Curtis Sittenfeld. Reception at 6:00 PM, reading and conversation at 7:00 PM. Book signing to follow!

Finalist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
One of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2018

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Barb Geiger and Jim Landwehr
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Barb Geiger and Jim Landwehr

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Barb Geiger for her new memoir, “Paddle for a Purpose.” Jim Landwehr will read and discuss his Boundary Waters memoir, “Dirty Shirt.” Book signing to follow!

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Will McGrath for "Everything Lost Is Found Again"
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Will McGrath for "Everything Lost Is Found Again"

Join SubText Books in the store on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Will McGrath for “Everything Lost Is Found Again.” Book signing to follow!

“It's been a while since I've fallen this hard for nonfiction. McGrath's experiences among the charming, vibrant citizens of Lesotho and the wit, warmth, and writerly spark with which he puts them on the page make for a scrumptious literary chakalaka (see page 100).”
—Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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Jacek Dehnel for "Lala"
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

Jacek Dehnel for "Lala"

Join SubText Books in the store on Saturday, December 1st at 4:00 PM for a reading and conversation with author Jacek Dehnel for his novel “Lala” and his poetry collection “Aperture.” Presented by the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota. Books will be available for purchase and a signing will follow. Free and open to the public!

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Jim Bohen, Sharon Chmielarz, Norita Dittberner-Jax, and Joyce Sutphen
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Jim Bohen, Sharon Chmielarz, Norita Dittberner-Jax, and Joyce Sutphen

Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of Jim Bohen’s collection, “I Travel in Rusting Burned-Out Sedans.” Bohen will be joined by poets Sharon Chmielarz, Norita Dittberner-Jax, and Joyce Sutphen.

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Small Business Saturday at SubText Books
Nov
24
9:00 AM09:00

Small Business Saturday at SubText Books

Join us at SubText Books for Small Business Saturday! We’ll be open 9am-9pm, so you have plenty of time to stock up on your winter reading or get your holiday shopping done early. Stay tuned for more details on what we have planned for the day.

Thanks, as always, for your continued support of SubText Books! We love being a part of the literary community here in St. Paul, and we’re looking forward to celebrating on Small Business Saturday with you!

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Mary Casanova for "Hush Hush, Forest"
Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Mary Casanova for "Hush Hush, Forest"

Join SubText Books in the store on Saturday, November 17th at 11:00 AM for an event with Mary Casanova! She’ll read and sign her newest book, “Hush Hush, Forest.” Lyrical words and elegant woodcuts (by Nick Wroblewski), capture the quiet beauty of the forest as day fades to night and autumn gives way to the North Woods winter.

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Read and Response: Open Mic + Featured Readers
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Read and Response: Open Mic + Featured Readers

Join SubText Books on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00 PM in the store for the next installment of Read and Response! The first half of the evening will be open for anyone to share their work, followed by readings from the featured artists: Derek Liebertz, Thet-Htar Thet, Gen Del Raye, Sasha Suarez, and Paul Van Dyke. 

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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Jeffrey Brown for "Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones
Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Jeffrey Brown for "Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones

Join SubText Books in the store on Sunday, October 28th at 1:00 PM for a reading with Jeffrey Brown! Brown will read and discuss “Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones,” book three in the laugh-out-loud graphic novel series about cave kid siblings Lucy and Andy. Fans of “Big Nate,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and “The Terrible Two” won’t want to miss it!

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