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A Note from Louise

Boozhoo! Welcome.

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.

Coronavirus Update

We are open for online and phone sales only.
Give us a call at 612-374-4023.

All online sales will be shipped.
Phone sales may be shipped or picked up curbside.

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 to inquire about titles not listed online.

We can special order most any book we don't have in stock.

All titles by Louise Erdrich are signed by the author!

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.

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

Open 10am to 6pm daily
for online and phone sales only.

We will be closed
January 25-26 for inventory
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News and Events

Heartdrum Launch Event

Wednesday, Feb 10th @ 7pm Central
(8pm Eastern, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific)
Register here: Heartdrum Event

Join HarperCollins, We Need Diverse Books, the National Indian Education Association, and Birchbark Books for an evening celebrating the launch of Heartdrum. This virtual event will feature authors Cynthia Leitich Smith, Christine Day, Dawn Quigley, and Brian Young and will be moderated by Ellen Oh, co-founder of We Need Diverse Books.

All Heartdrum titles purchased from Birchark Books will include an exclusive art print (while supplies last). Visit the Heartdrum Launch Event page for details!

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!
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