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Birchbark Books is operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores. Our books are lovingly chosen. Our store is tended with care.

New from Louise Erdrich. Signed by the author.

The Round House

The Round House

Riveting and suspenseful. At once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture. Winner of the National Book Award.

Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country

Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors

A new edition from Harper Perennial of Louise Erdrich's enchanting memoir. Featuring cover art by Aza Erdrich.

Featured Books

by David Treuer
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My Grandfathers Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation
by Brenda J. Child
My Grandfathers Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation
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A haunting and unforgettable novel about love, loss, race, and desire in World War II–era America. Powerful and wholly original, Treuer delivers his most ambitious and captivating novel yet.

While telling her own family’s stories from the Red Lake Reservation as well as stories of Ojibwe people around the Great Lakes, Child examines the disruptions and the continuities in daily work, family life, and culture faced by Ojibwe people of Child’s grandparents’ generation.

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Minneapolis, MN 55405
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Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, May 2nd
Birchbark Books and beARTrageous

Independent Bookstore DayPlease join us for a full day of author appearances, refreshments, and fun activities for the whole family in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. The day's events include dancing by Ramsey's Braggarts Morris Men, May Day festivities and crafts at beARTrageous, Lori Evert and Anja reading from The Tiny Wish, Maypole dancing, Original Local treats with Heid Erdrich, and a chance to meet store owner Louise Erdrich. Check the full schedule on the event web page. And wherever you are, be sure to support your favorite independent bookstore on our special day!

Richard Wagamese & Robin Wall Kimmerer

Wednesday, May 20th @ 7pm
Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
(Near Birchbark Books)

Join Birchbark Books and Milkweed Editions for an evening of reading and conversation with authors Richard Wagamese and Robin Wall Kimmerer. One of Canada’s foremost writers, Richard Wagamese will be celebrating the release of his new novel Medicine Walk. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a botanist and professor of plant ecology. Her recent book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants has been gathering rave accolades and is a Birchbark favorite. Put these two great Native writers together and we are sure to be in for a fascinating evening!

Birchbark Books Reading Series

Wednesday, May 27th @ 7pm
Bockley Gallery (near Birchbark Books)
2123 W 21st Street | Minneapolis, MN 55405

The Birchbark Books Reading Series is pleased to present Linda LeGarde Grover (The Road Back to Sweetgrass), Tom Hennen (Darkness Sticks to Everything), Ilze Klavina Mueller (Gate), and Greg Watson (All the World at Once). Curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina, the reading series features new, emerging, and established writers. View the series flyer for details about the writers and the event. This is a fantastic lineup and is sure to be a special night.  Hope to see you there!

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