Subtext Books

Satisfy Your Curiosity

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

9am-9pm Monday through Saturday
10am-6pm Sunday

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Books are meant to be shared.

Each month, Subtext Bookstore in downtown St. Paul offers a dynamic and diverse selection of book clubs to bring what you've read from the pages of your favorites (or least favorites) out into the world.

While reading is typically a solitary act, we are not islands unto ourselves. Come out and share what you've read/learned/discovered with other like minds in the grand city of St. Paul. Who knows? You just might learn something, gain a new perspective, or make a lifelong friend.


with Ranelle Kirchner

Read. Cook. Eat. Discuss.

To sign up for Subtext's monthly cookbook club, email Ranelle Kirchner at

Up first: Sean Sherman's The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen | Subtext Bookstore | January 28, 2018


with Matt Keliher

This relaxed gathering of individuals offers new perspectives on a chosen monthly theme. You can read from the list of suggestions, or choose a book on your own that fits the theme, and join us to discuss the twists and turns of plot lines while working out to some 16oz curls.

Up next: Karen Tei Yamashita | Tin Whiskers Brewing Co | January 30th, 7:00pm

Matt's favorite: I Hotel


with Timothy Otte

Subtext's first Poetry Book Club is coming this February. Join other poets and poetry enthusiasts in discussing some of the world's finest words.

Up first: Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media by Heidi E. Erdrich | Subtext Bookstore | February 11, 3:00pm


with Jeff Kamin

Check & @booksandbars on Twitter for updates along the way.

Up next: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | Amsterdam Bar | February 6th, 6:00pm

Bryant Lake Bowl | February 13th, 7:00pm

March: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead | Amsterdam Bar | March 6th, 6:00pm

Bryant Lake Bowl | March 13th, 7:00pm


The resistance reads books.

Third Monday of each month at Subtext Bookstore.

Up next: Dark Money by Jane Meyer | Subtext Bookstore | January 15, 7:00pm


Join the tradition

Third Sunday of each month at Subtext Bookstore.

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