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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.

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Coronavirus Update

We are open for online and phone sales only.
All online sales will be shipped.
Phone sales may be shipped or picked up curbside.

The coronavirus has made books from certain publishers more difficult to obtain. We ask for your patience. If you need a book quickly, please call or contact us to check availability and estimated arrival date.

No-contact curbside pickup: Your order will be placed on a table outside our front door for you to pick up. There is no hand off, you just carry your books away to a safe and healthy reading place! Call us at 612-374-4023 for details and to place your order.

Our website features wonderful books by and about Native Americans as well as various staff picks. In addition, we have a full range of books of interest to all readers available at the store. Please call us at 612-374-4023 to inquire about titles not listed online. We are also able to special order most any book we don't have in stock.

Check out the latest book recommendations from our literary canines!

All titles by Louise Erdrich purchased from Birchbark Books are signed by the author, including her latest, The Night Watchman.

Heartfelt thanks to our incredible community of book lovers and to all those who continue to support independent bookstores!

Birchbark Native Arts

Introducing Birchbark Native Arts

Visit our new online shop featuring the refined work of contemporary Indigenous artists from North America. Find jewelry, art prints, greeting cards, broadsides, and more. We will be expanding our inventory in the coming months, so be sure to check back. Ahéhee', Miigwech, Pidamaya ye, thank you for supporting the Native American artist community!

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Featured Books

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota
by Sun Yung Shin (Editor)
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota
  • Price: $18.95    (Paperback)
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What the Chickadee Knows
by Margaret Noodin
What the Chickadee Knows
  • Price: $16.99    (Paperback)
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Sixteen of Minnesota's best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in one of the whitest states in the nation. Essays that challenge, discomfort, disorient, galvanize, and inspire all of us to change now, for our shared future.

Our world is shaped by the sounds around us and the filter we use to turn thoughts into words. These poems build in urgency, from observations of the natural world and human connection to poems centered in powerful grief and remembrance.

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2115 West 21st St
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 374-4023

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We are closed on Thursday, November 26th.
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The Night Watchman
by Louise Erdrich

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman. Signed by Louise!

Order your own copy today!

New! Digital Gift Cards

Digital Gift Cards

Show someone you care with the gift of books! Birchbark Books digital gift cards are a wonderful way to support us during these challenging times. Good for any purchase at

Digital Audiobooks

Birchbark Books is now offering digital audiobooks through our partner Listen to audio versions of your favorite books on your phone, laptop, or other digital device. Check out our audiobooks page for details or jump right in and start listening to novels by Louise Erdrich, many of which are narrated by Louise herself!

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