Louise Erdrich may have been on to something when she told City Pages that she felt like the Twin Cities was in a local bookshop renaissance of sorts. While many Minnesota shops celebrated Independent Bookstore Day a few weeks ago, one more may be joining them next year, as local publishers Milkweed Editions have announced that they will be opening their own shop in the Open Book building.
“We want this space to feel equal parts bookstore and art gallery,” Daniel Slager, Milkweed publisher and CEO, said via Publisher's Weekly.
The space, which will likely be around 700-ish square feet, will feature high ceilings with plenty of shelves for inventory. The shop will carry a curated collection of books from indie publishers, and there will also be consignment offerings. Open Book's Target Performance Hall on the second floor will continue to host author readings and talks.
While there there are plans to have Milkweed Edition employees contribute time and interest to the space, the finances of the store and the nonprofit publication will be kept separate.
The business will be in good company. The Coffee Gallery and Minnesota Center for Book Arts will be its neighbors.
The store is set to open in late June.