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Downtown St. Paul's Independent Bookstore at
6 West Fifth Street, St. Paul Minnesota 55102.

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10am-6pm Sunday
 

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Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann for "The Girls Are Gone"
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

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

Join SubText Books on Wednesday, January 30th 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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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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Gretchen Anthony for "Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners"
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Gretchen Anthony for "Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners"

Join SubText Books on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Gretchen Anthony! Anthony, a MN-based writer, will read from her debut novel “Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners.” Book signing to follow!

“Brimming with charm and humor and it is the perfect Fall read.” —PopSugar

"Gretchen Anthony deftly captures all of the passive-aggression, generosity, humblebragging, kindness, emotional restraint, and humor typical to a Minnesota family. A propulsive and endearing debut." —J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”

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Michael Schumacher for "The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul"
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Schumacher for "The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul"

On Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 PM, Michael Schumacher will be in the store to read and discuss his latest, “The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America’s Soul.” Book signing to follow!

1968—rife with riots, assassinations, anti–Vietnam War protests, and realpolitik—was one of the most tumultuous years in the twentieth century, culminating in one of the most consequential presidential elections in American history. The Contest tells the story of that contentious election and that remarkable year, giving us the long view of a turning point in American culture and politics.

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Poetry reading with Adrienne Novy, Graham Harrison, Jasper Hardin, and EJ Schoenborn
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry reading with Adrienne Novy, Graham Harrison, Jasper Hardin, and EJ Schoenborn

Join SubText Books in the store on Friday, October 19th at 7:00 PM for an evening of poetry! Adrienne Novy will read from her latest collection, Crowd Surfing With God, and she’ll be joined by Graham Harrison, Jasper Hardin, and E.J. Schoenborn.

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Ellen Lansky and William Reichard
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Ellen Lansky and William Reichard

Join SubText Books on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Ellen Lansky and William Reichard! Lansky will read fro her novel “Suburban Heathens,” and Reichard will read from his poetry collection “The Night Horse.” Book signing to follow!

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Midnight release party: Haruki Murakami's "Killing Commendatore"
Oct
8
to Oct 9

Midnight release party: Haruki Murakami's "Killing Commendatore"

To celebrate the release of Haruki Murakami's new novel "Killing Commendatore" (out October 9th), we're throwing a midnight release party! Stay tuned for more information on what we have planned for the evening of October 8th, but mark your calendars!

To pre-order "Killing Commendatore" (and to receive a free tote bag), click here: https://subtextbooks.com/books/killing-commendatore-pre-order

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"The Road by Heart: Poems of Fatherhood" anthology reading
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

"The Road by Heart: Poems of Fatherhood" anthology reading

Join SubText Books on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 PM for a reading celebrating “The Road by Heart: Poems of Fatherhood,” edited by Greg Watson and Richard Broderick. Contributors Michael Dennis Browne, Danny Klecko, Tim Nolan, and Peter William Stein will all read from the anthology, and a book signing will follow.

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Priscilla Paton for "Where Privacy Dies"
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Priscilla Paton for "Where Privacy Dies"

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, September 27th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Priscilla Paton! Paton will read from her new mystery, "Where Privacy Dies," and a book signing will follow. 

When the photo of a little girl is found on an executive’s corpse, Detective Erik Jansson and his new partner, Detective Deb Metzger, delve into a world of lying informants and deadly secrets in order to uncover the truth about the girl’s identity.

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Mark Ristau for "A Hero Dreams"
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Ristau for "A Hero Dreams"

Ten Days Free from Violence. Is it possible? Join peace advocate and author, Mark Ristau, who will read from his award-winning novel A Hero Dreams and lead a discussion that will explore the power of stories to bring people together and inspire us with the idea that peace is possible. Book signing to follow.

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Meredith Leigh for "The Music of the Soul Lives On"
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Meredith Leigh for "The Music of the Soul Lives On"

Join SubText Books on Thursday, September 20th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Meredith Leigh. Leigh will read and discuss "The Music of the Soul Lives On," the posthumous collection of Henry Mackaman's short stories, poems, and lyrics. 

Most of the biographies that sit on people's shelves are about famous people who have achieved great things. Henry Mackaman's family is convinced that had he not died at 21, he also would have left his mark on the world. In "The Music of the Soul Lives On," Mackaman's creative journey, starting at age 9, is told in an anthology that uses the theme of his campus DJ show to narrate his remarkable journey and many meaningful friendships. 

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Tom Weber for "100 Things To Do in Twin Cities Before You Die"
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Tom Weber for "100 Things To Do in Twin Cities Before You Die"

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, September 13th at 7:00 PM for an event for "100 Things To Do in Twin Cities Before You Die." Author Tom Weber will discuss this latest second edition and all of the wonderful places included in the book. A book signing will follow! 

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William Kent Krueger for "Desolation Mountain"
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

William Kent Krueger for "Desolation Mountain"

Join SubText Books in the store on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 PM for a reading with William Kent Krueger! He will read and discuss his latest, "Desolation Mountain," and a book signing will follow. 

New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger delivers yet another “punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction” (Booklist, starred review) as Cork O’Connor and his son Stephen work together to uncover the truth behind the tragic plane crash of a senator on Desolation Mountain and the mysterious disappearances of several first responders. This is a heart-pounding and devastating mystery the scope and consequences of which go far beyond what father or son could ever have imagined.

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Cecilia Konchar Farr for "The Ulysses Delusion"
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Cecilia Konchar Farr for "The Ulysses Delusion"

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, August 30th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Cecilia Konchar Farr for her work "The Ulysses Delusion." Book signing to follow!

Popular fiction follows literature professors wherever they go. At coffee shops or out for drinks, after faculty meetings or classes, even at family reunions – they are persistently pressed to talk about bestselling novels. Questions immediately follow: What do I mean when I say a book is "good"? Why do contemporary novels like these, conversations like these, matter to professors of literature? Shouldn't they be spending their time re-reading The Great Gatsby?  

The Ulysses Delusion confronts these questions and answers their call for more engaged conversations about books. Through topics like the Oprah's Book Club, Harry Potter, and Chick Lit, Cecilia Konchar Farr explores the lively, democratic, and gendered history of novels in the US as a context for understanding how avid readers and literary professionals have come to assess them so differently.

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James S. Murray for "Awakened"
Aug
30
5:00 PM17:00

James S. Murray for "Awakened"

SubText Books present James S. Murray on Thursday, August 30th at 5:00 PM at Amsterdam Bar and Hall for his novel "Awakened." Murray will read and discuss "Awakened," and a book signing will follow. 

Please note that this is a ticketed event. A ticket is required to attend, and each ticket includes one (1) copy of Awakened. Additional copies will be available for purchase. TO PURCHASE TICKETS, CLICK ON THE EVENT TITLE.

The star of truTV’s hit show Impractical Jokers—alongside veteran sci-fi and horror writer Darren Wearmouth—delivers a chilling and wickedly fun supernatural novel in the vein of The Strain, in which a beautiful new subway line in New York City unearths an ancient dark horror that threatens the city’s utter destruction and the balance of civilization itself.

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Read and Response: Open Mic and Salon
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Read and Response: Open Mic and Salon

Join SubText Books on Wednesday, August 29th 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. More info on the featured artists coming soon!

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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