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Cream & Amber Is Slinging Books, Beer, and Beans in Downtown Hopkins

The Twin Cities bookstore scene has gone through a lot of changes in the first part of 2019. St. Paul’s Sixth Chamber started selling off inventory in January ahead of closing its doors, followed by Micawber’s in March after owner Tom Bielenberg was injured in a fall. In nearby Stillwater, Loome Books has also closed. But there’s new life, too. The former Common Good Books has a new owner and a new name, Next Chapter Booksellers, and the metro...

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2019

On April 27, 2019, indie bookstores in Minnesota and around the country will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day, which as always is great news for book lovers. Officially participating stores will have exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items—which can include tote bags, advance reader copies (ARCs), posters, clothing, and more—and many will also be offering sales, author appearances, free treats, and other goodies. Other stores won’t have these “official” items but are celebrating on their own. You can find all...

New Kid Explores the Challenges of Being “Different” in Middle School

Everyone has been the new person. Even if you’ve never changed residences, there are plenty of unfamiliar situations to enter for the first time. People frequently change jobs, schools, and social groups. Sometimes, you get lucky and everyone is in the same situation; when you start kindergarten, for example, chances are high that everyone is new. Then there are times when you enter an environment so foreign you can’t help but wonder whether you’ve entered some strange pocket dimension....

We Need to Talk About Your Kid’s Book Diet

Have you thought about your kid’s diet recently? Not their eating diet, though a balanced one is equally as important, but their reading diet. What are they reading, or, more specifically, who are they reading about? Who are the protagonists on their bookshelves? Take a look at their shelves, and look at their books that feature a human (or a humanoid). How many of those main characters resemble your child? Chances are that a fair amount do, especially if...

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2018

Thanksgiving weekend features some of the biggest shopping days of the year, and seeing as Minneapolis and St. Paul are always popping up on lists of America’s most literate cities, you can be sure a lot of the purchases around these parts will be books. In addition to Black Friday, independent bookstores have been celebrating Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative, with author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign helping to bring authors into...

Travel on a Journey of Queer Self-Love with Luisa: Now and Then

The world of LGBTQ+ literature—specifically fiction—has been growing over the past few years. Despite this, many of the selections available at your local bookstore focus solely on characters coming out and being a part of the LGBTQ+ community. While these stories are very much needed, sometimes I just want to read a graphic novel about a woman down on her luck who finds a way to love herself after meeting a version of herself from the past . ....

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2018

April 28, 2018 is a great day for book lovers: it’s Independent Bookstore Day! Minnesota has a huge number of indie bookshops, and most of them will be celebrating in one way or another. Certain officially participating stores will have exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items—which can include advance reader copies, posters, clothing, and more—and many will have a variety of sales, author appearances, free treats, and other goodies. Two local programs will give you even more chances for freebies....

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017

Thanksgiving weekend features some of the biggest shopping days of the year, and seeing as Minneapolis and St. Paul are always popping up on lists of America’s most literate cities, you can be sure a lot of the purchases around these parts will be books. In addition to Black Friday, independent bookstores have been celebrating Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative, with author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign helping to bring authors into...

5 Tips for Getting a Job in Book Publishing

You’ve always loved books. Maybe you’re the word nerd of your friend group, or maybe you’re an evangelist for your favorite sci-fi series—whatever the angle, you’ve decided you want to turn that love into a career, but you’re not sure know how to get your foot in the door. The usual career advice like setting up informational interviews and finding local networking groups is just as applicable to publishing as it is to most other industries, but here are...

The Sci-Fi Poetry Books of the Year Feature Whales and Robots and the Apocalypse, Oh My!

Last month, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the winners of the 2017 Elgin Awards for best collections of speculative poetry from the previous year. For those new to the term, speculative poetry has become a relatively common catch-all for poetry that embraces the imagination, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other similar genres. Some might be surprised at the excitement for these types of poetry, but the current US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, won a...
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