Open Book | Directions, Parking, and Hours
Open Book is located at 1011 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Get directions, parking information, and hours.
Open Book is located at 1011 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Open Book
is located at

1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota

(612) 215-2650


Free parking is first come, first served in the Open Book lot on the east side of the building. Other options include meters along 10th, 11th, and Washington Avenues and 3rd Street South; the Riverfront Municipal Ramp (212 9th Avenue South); and the Mill Quarter Ramp (711 2nd Street South).


Open Book is fully accessible with handicap parking, handicap accessible bathrooms, elevators to all floors, and other services available as requested. Please contact Open Book if you have any questions regarding accessibility.


Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm
Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Tenants' hours may vary.
Open Book is located at 1011 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Open Book Turns 10

Just a decade ago, Open Book opened its doors as the first literary and book arts center of its kind in the nation. Since then, the creative energy of the building has not only attracted readers, writers, artists, and passersby to explore the space and see what the tenant literary organizations have to offer, but Open Book has also spurred the rapid development of a once-run-down neighborhood. Learn more about 10 inspiring years devoted to the book, covered by local Minnesota presses.



upcoming events

Murder and Mayhem with Kate Racculia
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:00pm | Target Performance Hall

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Kate Racculia is a writer and researcher living in Boston, Massachusetts. Her first novel, This Must Be the Place, was published by Henry Holt & Company in 2010. Her second, Bellweather Rhapsody, was just published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2014. Kate studied illustration, design, Jane Austen, and Canada at the University of Buffalo. She has her MFA from Emerson College, and teaches novel and genre-fiction workshops at Grub Street, Boston’s nonprofit creative writing community. She has been a bookseller, a planetarium operator, a coffee jerk, a designer, and a proposal writer. She posts many pictures of her cat on the Internet, is a total sucker for a saxophone solo, and has every intention of growing up to be Jessica Fletcher.

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:00am | Target Performance Hall

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Featuring Elle Babington Steele! Heartbroken? Need inspiration? Need encouragement? This is the seminar for you! Transform your life! Move forward with a new fire! Get inspired & empowered! Become more productive! Elle shares her secrets of how she made it through the toughest moments in her life and how her life went to the next level as a result!

BOWER: Éireann Lorsung, Katrina Vandenberg, and Ben Weaver
Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:00pm | Target Performance Hall

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A midsummer night's dream of words and music, featuring Éireann Lorsung, Katrina Vandenberg, and Ben Weaver.

WordSong with Florestan Recital Project
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:00pm | Target Performance Hall

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Join Co-founder and Artistic Director of WordSong Boston Howard Frazin along with the Florestan Recital Project (Alison d’Amato, piano & Aaron Engebreth, baritone) as they present the inaugural WordSong Twin Cities event as part of the Source Song Festival. An interactive song program, Alison and Aaron will present 5 songs by 5 composers on Langston Hughes’ “Harlem.” Complete with conversation between performers, composers, and audience, you won’t want to miss this engaging event!

Janet Burroway Reading
Friday, August 15, 2014, 7:00pm | Target Performance Hall

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Losing Tim is a memoir by a mother about a soldier son who killed himself. It’s not an easy read. But it’s a beautiful one. Burroway, a National Book Award nominee, welcomes readers to grieve along with her, while also providing a lens into how soldiers, and military contractors, like her son, are changed by their combat experiences. Jonathan Shay, author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character, a highly acclaimed volume on PTSD, and a 2007 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, comments in the foreword, ”To me, the pain recalls Homer’s Iliad, in which, as James Tatum puts it in The Mourner’s Song, ‘the beauty [of the poetry] is in the killing.”

Women's Prison Book Project
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 7:00pm | Target Performance Hall

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Join us as we celebrate 20 years of the Women's Prison Book Project.

Jim Moore Graywolf Publication Launch
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:00pm | Target Performance Hall

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Join us for the first career retrospective of beloved poet Jim Moore. Jim Moore is the author of seven books of poetry, including Invisible Strings and Lightning at Dinner. His poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, The Nation, and The Paris Review. He is married to renowned photographer JoAnn Verburg, and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Spoleto, Italy.

Deborah Keenan and Susan Solomon
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:00pm | Target Performance Hall

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Join us in celebrating the launch of So She Had the World, a collaborative project between Deborah Keenan and Susan Solomon connecting the word and the visual with special guests Mary Kane, Dore Kiesselbach, Todd Pederson, and Paige Riehl.

Second Story Reading Series: Julie Schumacher and Molly Backes
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00pm | Target Performance Hall

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The Loft’s Second Story Reading Series for young adult and middle grade authors celebrates its sixth season with a bout of girl power.

Approaching the Gate: Lynette Reini-Grandell
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:00pm | Target Performance Hall

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Lynette Reini-Grandell’s long-anticipated debut collection of poetry quickens with forward movement, be it in a car that pushes towards the stars—or with a horse that suddenly spooks, leaving the speaker “knocked down, / breathless, / turning to the sight of a thousand-pound horse/ rushing the gate / and leaping over my head.” Several of the poems probe the experience of her grandparents who emigrated from Finland and settled on a farm in northern Minnesota in the early 20th century. The urge to move forward is matched with a deep love and reverence for creatures living in their natural world, for the buzz of the city, for unmet ancestors and kindred spirits, and most especially for her transgender husband.

AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair 2015-Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Each year the Association of Writers & Writing Programs-AWP holds its Annual Conference & Bookfair in a different city to celebrate the authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary centers, and publishers of that region. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. We hope you’ll join us April 8-11, 2015 at the Hilton Minneapolis & Minneapolis Convention Center. As part of your trip to AWP in 2015 we hope you will plan to visit Open Book. Details to follow regarding events at Open Book during AWP-2015