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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.

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The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Preorder your signed copy today!
Available November 9th.

A wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, a complex marriage, and a woman's relentless error, Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Soul's Day, but she simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading 'with murderous attention', must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.

Birchbark Native Arts

Birchbark Native Arts

Visit our sister site,, 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!

Featured Books

The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth
by The Red Nation
The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth
  • Price: $15.00    (Paperback)
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I Sang You Down from the Stars
by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
I Sang You Down from the Stars
  • Price: $18.99    (Hardcover)
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The Red Deal is a program for Indigenous liberation, life, and land—an affirmation that colonialism and capitalism must be overturned for this planet to be habitable for human and other-than-human relatives to live dignified lives.

This unique baby book sings with Native cultural detail, while striking a universal chord in its celebration of the blossoming of love that comes with expecting and welcoming a new baby—with art by Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade.

Digital Gift Cards

Digital gift cards are currently unavailable for purchase as we transition to a new system. Existing codes will remain valid through September 1st. Look for our new website coming this September!

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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Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity with Darrel McLeod

Thursday, August 12th @ 7pm Central
(8pm Eastern, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific)
Register for the event on Zoom

Please join Birchbark Books and Darrel McLeod, author of Mamaskatch, as he discusses his new memoir, Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity, published by Milkweed Editions. Featuring Heid E. Erdrich! This is a Zoom event. Registration is required.

The Night Watchman wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction! Congratulations Louise!

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!

Now available in paperback!
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