BOOKSTOR-IES [EPISODE ONE]: Boneshaker Books (Minneapolis, MN)
Don’t you sometimes wish your bookstore was a little more revolutionary? Tucked away behind a vine covered facade in the notoriously left-leaning Seward Neighborhood of Minneapolis is Boneshaker Books. A small, volunteer run bookstore looking to be just that.
It felt only right that for my first installment of Bookstor-ies (reviews of my favorite bookstores!) I highlight the bookshop that is, quite literally, in my backyard. Boneshaker Books is located on 2002 23rd Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55404.
Here it is in their own words:
“Boneshaker Books is a community supported, collectively organized, and volunteer run bookstore. Our mission is to provide a welcoming space that promotes social justice and movements through books, education, and activism. We offer progressive and radical literature and a place to spark conversation, inform, and inspire.”
It’s true that Boneshaker is not the first of its kind in the thriving book community of the Twin Cities. The stick-it-to-the-man 70′s era of literary activism led to more than a few (think: Mayday books on West Bank [ 301 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454]). That’s part of what makes Boneshaker so unique to me, however. At only six years old they stand as proof that books are inter-generational and ever important fodder in the world of Social Justice.
A few of my favorite things about Boneshaker include:
The HUGE wall of local Zines! There’s nothing more Minneapolis than walking out of a bookstore with nothing but hand folded pamphlets covered in art and confessional poetry.
They take particular care to highlight books from local, LGBTQ, and POC authors.
There is a wide selection of classic to new radical literature in all genres.
They also have a prolific section of graphic novels and comics. Cult Favorites, new releases, and the bizarre are all represented!
Unlike most “political” bookshops they also have a kids section, which is both adorable and educational.
Stay tuned for more Bookstor-ies!