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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Matt Goldman for "Broken Ice"
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Matt Goldman for "Broken Ice"

Join SubText Books on Wednesday, July 11th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Matt Goldman for his latest, "Broken Ice." 

In the words of Lee Child on Gone to Dust, “I want more of Nils Shapiro.” Emmy Award-winning author Matt Goldman happily obliges by bringing the Minneapolis private detective back for another thrilling adventure in Broken Ice. New fans will also be able to enjoy this page-turning and suspenseful trip from the longtime Minnesota resident and Emmy award-winning TV writer and producer. 

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Lisa Marie Brimmer, Haley Lasché, and Chris Santiago
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Lisa Marie Brimmer, Haley Lasché, and Chris Santiago

Join SubText Books in the store on July 3rd at 6:00 PM for a reading with Lisa Marie Brimmer, Haley Lasché, and Chris Santiago! Presented by Paula Cisewski, The University of St. Thomas, and SubText Books. 

Lisa Marie Brimmer is a queer, black, transracial adoptee artist and writer.  Her most recent published work has been included in multiple local anthologies: Walk Towards It an anthology of urgent writing released on inauguration day, 2017, Whisked: Cooking up Community and Fierce Lament. She is a co-editor of the forthcoming Queer Voices of Minnesota Anthology (2019). Her critical and poetic work was recently presented at Split This Rock! (2018), and The Center for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas in Graz, Austria (2018). 

Haley Lasché is a yoga teacher and writing professor. Her poems have appeared such places as Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, Hartskill Review and Dossier Journal. Her chapbook Where It Leads (2016) is available from Red Bird Chapbooks and her chapbook Blood and Survivor (2017) is available from Locofo Press. 

Chris Santiago is the author of Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by A. Van Jordan. His poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELDCopper NickelPleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review.

 

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Edgar Cantero + Benjamin Percy
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Edgar Cantero + Benjamin Percy

Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, June 13th for a reading and conversation with Edgar Cantero and Benjamin Percy! Cantero will read from his work "Meddling Kids," and Percy will read from his novel "The Dark Net." Conversation and book signing to follow!

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Bryan Bliss for "We'll Fly Away"
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Bryan Bliss for "We'll Fly Away"

Join SubText Books in the store on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Bryan Bliss for "We'll Fly Away." Book signing to follow!

“A compelling and raw story.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Bliss dares] his readers not only to see the depths of human complexity, but to care.”—Booklist (starred review)

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Read and Response: Open mic and salon
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Read and Response: Open mic and salon

Join SubText Books on Wednesday, June 6th 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: Anthony Ceballos, Roy G. Guzmán, Halee Kirkwood, Marcelle Richards, and Chavonn Williams Shen

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James Anderson O'Neal for "Riley and the Great War"
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

James Anderson O'Neal for "Riley and the Great War"

Join SubText Books on Thursday, May 24th at 7pm in the store for an event with James Anderson O'Neal! O'Neal will read and discuss his new book, "Riley and the Great War," which features Operation Blücher (May 27–June 4, 1918) and the Battle of Cantigny (May 28, 1918), among various other historical events such as the Punitive Expedition and the Spartacist Uprising. Book signing to follow!

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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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