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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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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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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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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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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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Cleve Jones for "When We Rise"
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

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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Mark Abramson for "Minnesota Boy"
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

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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Signing: John Feinstein for "The First Major"
Oct
24
2:00 PM14:00

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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Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

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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Resistance Book Club: Emergent Strategy"
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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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