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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.

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!

Visit us at birchbarknativearts.com

Now available for pre-order!

The Night Watchman

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

First printing, first edition. Signed by Louise.

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.

Pre-order your signed copy today!

Featured Books

Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice
by Ada Deer
Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice
  • Price: $26.95    (Hardcover)
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An American Sunrise: Poems
by Joy Harjo
An American Sunrise: Poems
  • Price: $25.95    (Hardcover)
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A deeply personal story, written with humor and honesty, this book is a testimony to the ability of one individual to change the course of history through hard work, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to social justice. "A personal hero of mine." ~Louise Erdrich

A stunning new volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the U.S. Harjo's poems sing of beauty and survival, illuminating a spirituality that connects her to her ancestors and thrums with the quiet anger of living in the ruins of injustice.

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News and Events

Love & Law: Celebrating 100 Years of the American Civil Liberties Union

Tuesday, January 28th @ 7pm
Dakota (1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)
Please note: This is a ticketed event.

It's a birthday party! It's a book launch! The premier defender of our Constitutional rights and freedoms, the American Civil Liberties Union, turns 100 and we're teaming up with the ACLU of MN to celebrate. There will be music, readings, and yes... cake! Each party guest will receive a copy of the new book Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. The event will feature contributing authors Louise Erdrich and Brenda J Child as well as readings and performances by T. Mychael Rambo, Kao Kalia Yang, Dan Chouinard, Bradley Greenwald, Prudence Johnson and more! Tickets are $100 each. Proceeds support the work of ACLU of MN. Purchase a ticket online or call Dakota box office at 612-332-5299.

Walking the Old Road with Staci Lola Drouillard

Saturday, February 1st @ 2-3pm
Birchbark Books

Birchbark Books welcomes author Staci Lola Drouillard for an in-store signing of her new book Walking the Old Road: A People's History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe. Documenting a story too often told by non-Natives, whether historians or travelers, archaeologists or settlers, Walking the Old Road gives an authentic voice to the Native American history of the North Shore of Lake Superior. This history, infused with a powerful sense of place, connects the Ojibwe of today with the traditions of their ancestors and their descendants, recreating the narrative of Chippewa City as it was—and is and forever will be—lived.

The Night Watchman Book Release Celebration with Louise Erdrich

Sunday, March 1st @ 4pm
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave S in Minneapolis

Join Birchbark Books for the premiere book release celebration of Louise Erdich's new novel, The Night Watchman. Based on the extraordinary life of Louise's grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to D.C., The Night Watchman is gathering praise from early reviewers. Booklist calls it "Erdrich at her radiant best." The book will be released on March 3. Signed first printings are now available for preorder from Birchbark Books and will also be available for purchase at the event. Louise will be signing books after the reading. Free and open to the public. Tell your friends!

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