Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is one of the most important books this decade, and one of the best books I (Matt!) have ever read. It shares the stories of eight families as they struggle to find secure housing in Milwaukee. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of the twenty-first century America's most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. This is required reading.
Next up for our Political Action Book Club, we'll be reading a short but powerful essay by the brilliant Valeria Luiselli titled Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. This book tells the story of the many undocumented children who are picked up along the southern border.
Continuing our Political Action Book Club, we will be reading Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit. We will also be providing information on how you can get involved in the political process, from details about upcoming city council meets to contact information for your legislators, and more. This book meets at SubText Books.
Shelley DeWees presents "Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature"
This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather looming over the state.
Look for the rescheduled date in January. Our apologies for an inconvenience.
In partnership with House of Mercy, Subtext Books presents a reading with Andrew Wilson, author of "Here I Walk: A Thousand Miles on Foot to Rome with Martin Luther."
In 1903, before the Ford Motor Company was even incorporated, Stephen Tenvoorde signed a contract to sell Ford mobiles at his bicycle shop in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Four generations later, the Tenvoorde family still operates what is now the oldest Ford dealership in the world. Brian McMahon chronicles how the fortunes of the company and the state became intertwined during that century.
In the last week and a half, my identiy and values have been shaken to their very core. This election has left me feeling helpless and impotent beyond anything I've ever felt before. And, in the last week, countless others have wandered into the bookstore expressing similar disbelief. The only solution to combating this helpless nauseated feeling is to become active.
These four amazing local poets will simply dazzle you. This is not to be missed.
Stock up on your winter reading needs by shopping at our Used Book Extravaganza on Small Business Saturday! With books starting as low as $1.50, we've got everything from pulp fiction classics, to a first edition hardcover copy of John Steinbeck's TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY.
In 1936, Verna Garr Taylor of LaGrange, Kentucky, was found dead in a ditch. Her companion, and the main suspect, former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Henry H. Denhardt, claimed she committed suicide, and he was never charged in her death. Now, 80 years later, national radio host Ian Punnett has put the pieces of this unsolved puzzle together in 'Black Night for the Bluegrass Belle'. Punnett crafts this murder-to-trial-to-murder-to-trial nonfiction narrative with historical detail only a family member could provide. Punnett will be on hand at Subtext Books Monday, November 21, from 5:30-7 pm for a book signing and meet and greet.
For the casual enthusiast and hockey fanatic alike comes HOCKEY STRONG, a collection of essays and photographs celebrating the grit and dedication of National Hockey League players to withstand injury and hardship to play the sport they love.
Three local poets read from their materials.
A post reading reception takes place at Hamilton Ink Spot around the corner. Snacks and bevvies will be served and a broadside of Patrick's work will be available.
Wisconsin poet Patrick Moran wins Grayson Books Poetry Award with his new collection There Are Things We Live Among.
When twenty-two year old Patrick O'Leary stepped off the plane in Sierra Leone, West Africa in January 1967, he was dressed for the snow storm he had left in Freeborn County, Minnesota a few days earlier.
These compelling stories form a riveting memoir that begins with the author's birth during the rise of Hitler in 1930s Germany. He and his surviving family soon escape to Holland and sail to America where they encounter many challenges as immigrants in a new world. This country truly becomes a land of opportunity where one can build a new life and become more than a "Holocaust survivor."
The world Emilie Buchwald's poems conjure in 'The Moment's Only Moment' is a union of heart and head. These poems illuminate the everyday, interrogate personal history, and evoke the essence of places traveled and people encountered, remembered, cherished. A constant thread in ''The Moment's Only Moment'' is the imperative to be awake and aware during one's passage through time, to live a life that's fully inhabited, a life that seeks meaning and kindles memories.
The Center for Victims of TortureTM (CVT) is an international nongovernmental organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, with locations around the world, including Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Uganda, and the United States.
Local poets share from their collections.
Her first book, Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women has sold more than three million copies. Casey is a popular public speaker on the spirituality conference circuit, and she is passionate about helping others in Twelve Step support groups where her own recovery from addiction began more than three decades ago. She shares her time between her homes in Minnesota and Florida.
Leif Pettersen is a tourism professional, writer, humorist, and world traveler from Minneapolis, Minn. He has traveled through 55 countries and lived in Spain, Romania and Italy. Pettersen was a silver medalist at the 2014 International Jugglers' Association championships, loves chocolate, hates pickles, types with exactly four fingers, and can escape from a straitjacket.
Allen Eskens is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, and The Heavens May Fall. A criminal-defense attorney for twenty-five years, he lives with his wife in Minnesota.
Tim Nolan was born in Minneapolis in 1954. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1978 with a B.A. in English. He and his wife Kate moved to New York City in 1978 where he obtained an M.F.A. degree in writing from Columbia University, worked as an archivist at the Whitney Museum, and read the poetry slush pile for The Paris Review.
Believers and nonbelievers, the faithful and faith-free alike will learn from, laugh with, and love this book.
Mary Morse is an American writer with interests in religion and its alternatives, social equity, climate change and the environment, education, urbanism, the future, and other small topics.
Local poetry is the life-blood of our literary community.
Larry Millett, a Minneapolis native, spent much of his career as a writer, reporter, and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press where in 1985 he became the newspaper's first architecture critic, a post he held until his retirement in 2002. His many works include Minnesota's Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes, Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities, and Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Mid-century.