Mondays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sundays 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
1011 Washington Avenue South, Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Milkweed Books is located on the first floor of Open Book, the nation's largest literary arts center. In addition to serving as home to Milkweed Editions, Milkweed Books, the Loft Literary Center, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the building offers a coffee shop/bistro, a literary commons, and event space.
There is a free lot for patrons on the southeast side of the building, as well as ample metered street parking and the Riverfront Municipal Parking Ramp (across the street from the Guthrie Theater). The U.S. Bank Stadium light rail stop is also a short walk away, and Open Book offers ample bicycle parking at the front and back of the building.
Like all of us at Milkweed Books, I like to read across genres, but I have a soft spot for books that are themselves cross-genre, and particularly those that mess up the lines delineating what is and isn’t fiction. The following selections are a few such titles I’ve loved. One I received at a party, one I bought on a whim at another independent bookstore (shout-out to Subtext Books, my neighborhood store), and another I read after seeing it in the social media feeds of a few other trusted bookstores and booksellers. I wouldn’t normally include two books from the same press, but The Gift...
Kristen Radtke is a writer, publisher, and illustrater—and author of the new graphic memoir, Imagine Wanting Only This. Appearing in conversation with Angela Pelster-Wiebe.
“Masterpiece” is a label I am quite wary to use on contemporary literature, but Lincoln in the Bardo has won me over so completely that I’m afraid I can’t avoid it. In fact, I didn’t even want to write this post. Colson Whitehead has already reviewed the book masterfully and George Saunders certainly doesn’t need our help in boosting sales for his eighth book of fiction—even though this is his first novel. But: there are books we read and enjoy for their prose or creativity in storytelling; books we enjoy while reading and then forget fairly quickly. This, for me, is no such book...
This month I picked three books I eyed for a while before finally picking up—ones I knew I would want to devote an entire, uninterrupted afternoon to read. Daley and I sometimes joke about how we aren't sure whether we like books or whether we are just so haunted by them we can't let them go. These are three I definitely enjoyed while reading but, more importantly, they are books that have been lodged in my brain for weeks, ones I find myself wanting to return to and talk about and share.
Guest bookseller Peter Geye will join us from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Plus, get 20% off with this year's Independent Bookstore Day Passport (available at all participating bookstores), or 10% off all titles containing shelf talkers.
Events & Book Clubs
Milkweed Books hosts a range of author events, readings, and book signings. The Open Book building offers gathering spaces for audiences large and intimate, including a cozy lounge for small groups, meeting rooms, and a 200-seat performance hall. Bookstore staff can also help arrange book club meeting spaces, supply books and reading recommendations, and much more—we also offer a 20% discount on bulk purchases of four or more copies of the same book.
For event pitches and inquiries, or to plan your next book club meeting with us, contact Daley Farr, Bookseller and Events Coordinator»
Milkweed Books Subscription
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION: $107
Receive six books—one every other month—selected by Hans Weyandt, manager of Milkweed Books. With over seventeen years of bookselling, Hans has developed a reputation for identifying and championing some of the most exciting new voices in literature. Be the first to receive his latest pick, along with publishing-insider extras in each box.*
*Call 612-215-2540 to purchase. Local subscribers receive free bicycle delivery!
Placing Special Orders
Milkweed Books is a small store—just 600 square feet—which means we may not always have exactly what you're looking for in stock. However, we are happy to help fulfill special orders and can rush delivery to your door or ours.
Wondering if we have a certain title on hand? Looking to place an order for pick-up or delivery?
Call our store at 612-215-2540.
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Milkweed Books is a part of Milkweed Editions, but this doesn't mean we only sell books we ourselves publish. Instead, the store's mix of titles reflects our mission: Milkweed Books showcases and sells titles primarily published by independent presses, nonprofit presses, and other publishers working to bring the most exciting literary art to the marketplace. If you want to find the best new poetry, experimental or creative nonfiction, short stories, or translations, this is the bookstore for you.
We also offer events, membership, a national subscription service, and local bicycle delivery.