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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


Makoons (Birchbark House)

Now Available! Book 5 in the beloved Birchbark House series. Named for the Ojibwe word for little bear, Makoons and his twin, Chickadee, have traveled with their family to the Great Plains of Dakota Territory. There they must learn to become buffalo hunters and once again help their people make a home in a new land. But Makoons has had a vision that foretells great challenges—challenges that his family may not be able to overcome. Signed by Louise.


LaRose: A Novel

Now Available! In this literary masterwork, Louise wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in indigenous culture. Signed by Louise.

The glowing reviews are rolling in. Find a full list of links to reviews, videos, interviews and more on the LaRose Media and Reviews page.

Featured Books

Treaty Shirts : October 2034—A Familiar Treatise on the White Earth Nation
by Gerald Vizenor
Treaty Shirts : October 2034—A Familiar Treatise on the White Earth Nation
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by Denise Low
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Masterful, truthful, surreal, and satirical fiction. In this imagined future, seven natives are exiled from federal sectors that have replaced federal reservations; they pursue the liberty of an egalitarian government on an island in Lake of the Woods.

Part antelope and part rabbit, Jack's social life includes encounters with Roswell aliens, Jayhawks, and Chupacabra (Goat Sucker). Bawdy humor is Jackalope's lifeblood, so join Jack as he (or sometimes she) savors urban legends and juniper-based martinis.

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News and Events

How to Hang a Witch

Tuesday, October 25th @ 7pm
Birchbark Books

Halloween is just around the corner and Birchbark Books is getting into the spirit with a mystical celebration of Adriana Mather's debut novel How to Hang a Witch. Mather, whose ancestor, Cotton Mather, was an integral part of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, explores her connections from the past through this wickedly intriguing YA fiction that follows our heroine as she navigates history, high school, romance and the occult. Check out the book trailer video. A book signing will follow the reading. Refreshments will be available and who knows, maybe a spell or two will be cast! All ages welcome, costumes encouraged!

Birchbark Books Reading Series

Wednesday, November 9th @ 7pm
Bockley Gallery (near Birchbark Books)

The Birchbark Books Reading Series is pleased to present Naomi CohnDonte CollinsWilliam Reichard, and Gwen Westerman. Curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina, the reading series features new, emerging, and established writers quarterly September through May. View the series flyer for details about the writers and the event. Hope to see you there. Bring a friend!

"All the Real Indians Died Off"

Sunday, November 20th @ 7pm
Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway
(near Birchbark Books)

Birchbark Books is delighted to welcome Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (An Indigenous People's History of the United States) and Dina Gilio-Whitaker for an event in celebration of their new book "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans. Tackling a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations, the authors trace how these ideas evolved, disrupting enduring myths and challenging readers to rethink what they have been taught. Q & A and book signing to follow the reading.

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