Our Picks

New and Recommended from Coffee House Press

Cry of Sloth 978-156689-231-5The Cry of the Sloth

A Novel by Sam Savage

A send-up of the literary life from the bestselling author of Firmin.

“A delightful reading-group choice.”—Library Journal, starred review

9781566892018 LatehomecomerThe Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

by Kao Kalia Yang

A Minnesota Book Award-winning memoir of the Hmong experience.

“Powerful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.”—Anne Fadiman

New and Recommended from Graywolf Press

Picking Bones From AshPicking Bones From Ash

A Novel by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

The lush and evocative debut novel from Marie Mutsuki Mockett, who “succeeds where many others fail: making the reader care” (Publishers Weekly)

“Mockett presents a well-written and notable story of three generations of strong-willed women, each in search of something just out of their grasp; the sacrifices they make for their daughters; and the unseen repercussions of choices made long ago.”—Booklist

Adderall DiariesThe Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder

by Stephen Elliott

Set against the backdrop of a nation at war, in the declining years of the Silicon Valley tech boom, The Adderall Diaries is at once a gripping account of a murder trial and a scorching investigation of the self.

“Stephen Elliott’s superb sprawling meta-memoir might be just what the genre needs to salvage it from the legacy of James Frey.”—Time Out New York
(5 out of 5 stars)

Upcoming Events at The Loft Literary Center

Spooky Story WorkshopSpooky Stories, Creepy Creations

Halloween Writing & Bookmaking Workshop for Youth

Saturday, October 31, 9 am –12:15 pm Grades 2 – 5

Start out by writing a short, spooky story with the Loft and then head to the MBCA where you’ll construct a ghoulish accordion book for your work.  Finally, show off your creepy creations to family and friends at an informal reception with Halloween treats.  And please, wear your costumes!

Mystery Crime Thriller FestivalThe Loft Literary Center’s first Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Festival

Saturday and Sunday, November 14 & 15

Featuring Vince Flynn, Ellen Hart, Jess Lourey, William Kent Krueger, and others. The Festival will offer craft sessions on mystery, thriller, and crime writing; research sessions on the criminal justice system, private investigation, evidence; information on publication and promotion; and much more!

New and Recommended from Milkweed Editions


A Novel by David Rhodes

An unforgettable portrait of a small town left behind by the march of time.

“Radiant in its prose and deep in its quiet understanding of human needs.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Chain LetterThe Chain Letter of the Soul: New and Selected Poems

by Bill Holm

“The tallest radical humorist in the Midwest and a truthful and graceful writer.”—Garrison Keillor