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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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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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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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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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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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Chaun Webster for "GeNtry!fication"
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Chaun Webster for "GeNtry!fication"

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00 PM for an event with Chaun Webster! Webster will read and discuss "GeNtry!fication: or the scene of the crime" and a book signing will follow. 

Poet and graphic designer Chaun Webster draws from an interest in the work of sign in graffiti, the layering of collage, and the visuality of text. These methods are used in Webster’s work to investigate race – specifically the instability of blackness and black subjectivities, geography, memory, and the body. Correspondingly much of these investigations engage the question of absence, how to archive what is missing from the landscape particularly as a number of communities watch in real time, neighborhoods once populated with familiar presences, dissolve in the vernacular of redevelopment and its attendant colonial logic.

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Kimberly J. Brown for "The I-35W Bridge Collapse"
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Kimberly J. Brown for "The I-35W Bridge Collapse"

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Kimberly J. Brown for her book "The I-35W Bridge Collapse: A Survivor's Account of America's Crumbling Infrastructure." Book signing to follow. 

“A bridge shouldn’t just fall down,” Senator Amy Klobuchar said after the August 1, 2007, collapse of the Minneapolis I-35W eight-lane steel truss bridge, which killed 13 motorists, injured 145, and left a collective wound on the city’s psyche and infrastructure.

On her way to a soccer game with a fellow teammate, Kimberly J. Brown experienced the collapse firsthand, falling 114 feet in her teammate’s car to the Mississippi River. Although terrified, injured, and in shock, she survived. In this sobering memoir and exposé, Brown recounts her harrowing experience.

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Diane Seuss for "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl"
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Diane Seuss for "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl"

SubText Books is proud to present an evening with poet Diane Seuss on Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 PM at Gray Duck Tavern. Diane Seuss will read from her latest collection, "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl" (Graywolf Press, 2018), Seuss's follow-up to "Four-Legged Girl," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Seuss will be joined for a conversation by Jeff Shotts (Executive Editor at Graywolf Press). Book signing to follow!

This event will take place at Gray Duck Tavern, located at 345 Wabasha Street N in Downtown St. Paul. This reading/conversation event at 7pm is free and open to the public. 

***Graywolf Press will host a Graywolf Galley Club reception before the event at Gray Duck from 5:45 – 6:45 PM. This reception is free and open to the public but space is limited and RSVPs are required to attend. If you’re interested in attending, please email Jasmine Carlson at carlson@graywolfpress.org or call 651-641-0077.

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Mizna Journal Release: The Playing Field
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Mizna Journal Release: The Playing Field

Mizna is proud to release its sports and social justice-themed issue Mizna: The Playing Field.

Join us for readings, snacks, and music as we celebrate the publication of Mizna’s 36th issue, which has a sports and social justice theme. Guest editor Shireen Ahmed who blogs about sports and politics will be visiting from Toronto. Hear about Nabil Amra’s current solo sail-around-the-world for Palestine from his brother Ziad Amra. More information about readings to come!

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Nick White for "Sweet and Low" in conversation with Chris Stedman
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Nick White for "Sweet and Low" in conversation with Chris Stedman

Join SubText Books in the store on Friday, July 27th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Nick White! White will read and discuss his latest, "Sweet and Low," one of the most anticipated books of summer 2018, and he’ll be in conversation with Chris Stedman. Book signing to follow!

Praised by the Washington Post as “Tennessee Williams . . . transposed to the twenty-first-century South,” Nick White returns with a stunning short-story collection that tackles issues of masculinity, identity, and place, with a sharp eye for social commentary and a singular handling of character.

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Lorin Robinson for "The 13"
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Lorin Robinson for "The 13"

Join SubText Books on Thursday, July 19th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Lorin Robinson for his latest, "The 13: Ashi-niswi." Book signing to follow!

"A gripping adventure in which 13 young Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) seek to regain the honor of their band. A delightful work of historical fiction."-Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson for "A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns"
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson for "A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns"

Join SubText Books in the store on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 PM for a reading and discussion of "A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns." Authors Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson will be joined by Chris Stedman for the conversation. Book signing to follow!

A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns. 

"A great, simple look at the importance of using correct pronouns; extremely accessible to those for whom gender-neutral language is a new concept." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

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Kimberly Belle for "Three Days Missing"
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Kimberly Belle for "Three Days Missing"

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, July 12th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Kimberly Belle for her latest, "Three Days Missing." Book signing to follow!

When a child goes missing, two mothers' lives collide in a shocking way in this suspenseful novel from the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie

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