Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee

Milwaukee's Premier LGBT Bookstore and Giftshop

Welcome to Outwords Books!

Chilly Spring Nights

New Spring Hours
Two changes to Outwords Books Hours:
1. Outwords will close @ 7:00pm on Saturdays
2. Outwords will be closed on Sundays.

Spring Events!


Friday, June 2 -- 7:00pm
Author! Author!!
David S. Pederson, Death Goes Overboard
Bradley Lloyd, Shadow Fray

Outwords Books is delighted to bring back David S. Pederson who will read from Death Goes Overboard, the second outing for Detective Heath Barrington. Joining David on the program is Bradley Lloyd, who will read from his debut novel, Shadow Fray. 

Death Goes Overboard:
Gregor Slavinsky went overboard. Or did he? He was murdered. Or was he? It's up to Detective Heath Barrington and his partner, police officer Alan Keyes, to find out as they search for clues and a missing twenty-five thousand dollars aboard an old lake steamer and throughout 1947 Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They are up against gangsters, con artists, and a very seductive Grant Riker, a fellow policeman who could come between Heath and Alan, upsetting their romance. The three of them race the clock to find the truth amidst lies, secrets, and possible scandal, while riding the waves of a potential love triangle.

Shadow Fray:
Family is worth fighting for--and family doesn't always mean blood. No one knows what calamity poisoned the earth and decimated the human population, but living close to the toxic ground means illness and death. Justin is determined to keep his twin sister and younger brother from that fate--no matter what he has to do. To earn enough to keep his family, Justin enlists in a deadly sport called Shadow Fray. He quickly finds himself in over his head, especially when he is scheduled to face the most dangerous player. Hale--who competes as Black Jim--knows he won't be on top forever, despite his skills. Something about the newest fighter intrigues him, but does he dare defy his masters to investigate? Justin and Hale will clash in the ring, while beyond it the powerful elite and the crumbling world seem determined to keep them apart.

Monday, June 19 -- 7:00pm
Outwords Men's Book Group

Jumping into June, the Outwords Books Men's Book Group will discuss Sebastian Barry's acclaimed new novel, Days Without End. The group will meet on Monday, June 19th @ 7:00pm. New members are always welcome.

Tuesday, June 20 -- 7:00pm
Lesbian Reading Group @ Outwords

The Lesbian Reading Group in June will meet on Tuesday the 20th. The book for the discussion is Kate Merrill’s Murder at Metrolina, an Amanda Rittenhouse Mystery. Everyone is welcome to come and join in on the discusion.

Saturday, June 24 -- 5:00pm
Author! Author!!
Brice D. Smith,

Lou Sullivan: Daring To Be A Man Among Men

Outwords Books is delighted to welcome on Saturday June 24, Brice D. Smith, a local biographer who will read from and sign  copies of the extraordinary, Lou Sullivan: Daring To Be A Man Among Men.

In this heart-wrenchingly inspirational biography, Brice D. Smith reclaims one of the most tragically overlooked people in LGBT history. Sullivan marched for Civil Rights, embraced the 1960s counterculture, came of age in the gay liberation movement, transformed medical treatment of trans people, institutionalized trans history, forged an international female-to-male (FTM) transgender community and died from AIDS at the epicenter of the crisis. He overcame tremendous obstacles to be who he was and dedicated his life to helping others do the same. An activist to the end, Sullivan inspired a generation to rethink gender identity, sexual orientation and what it means to be human

Friday, July 7 -- Tuesday, July 11
Outwords Books 24th Anniversary Weekend! 

We hope that everyone will stop in starting Friday, July 7 to help us celebrate Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee’s 24th Anniversary.

Look for sales and specials throughout the store and maybe even a surprise or two!

Monday, July 10 -- 7:00pm

Outwords Men's Book Group

In July, the Outwords Books Men's Book Group will discuss the new novel from Lammy-winner Rakesh Satyall's No One Can Pronounce My Name. The group will meet on Monday, July 10th @ 7:00pm. New members are always welcome.

Tuesday, July 11 -- 7:00pm

Lesbian Reading Group @ Outwords

The Lesbian Reading Group in July will meet on Tuesday the 11th. The book for the discussion has not yet been announced. Please check back

Notable Authors Section:

Back in 2008, Outwords Books created a very special display featuring a selection of the Notable LGBT writers since the beginning of the 20th Century.  Having proved to be very popular, we've continued to keep the spotlight on such essential novelists as Oscar Wilde, Christopher Isherwood, Virginia Woolf, Sarah Waters and, of course, Marcel Proust. 

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Welcome to www.outwordsbooks.com, newly re-launched and better than ever!

At the beginning of 2010, an unfortunate set of circumstances took our long-suffering shopping cart program off-line, our webmaster missing without a trace.

We've spent the last few weeks madly scrambling to come up with some options and are absolutely delighted to welcome you to our new website: www.outwordsbooks.com.

We've completed Stage One: currently on our website, you'll be able find out more about Outwords Books: where we are located, our hours, our resident book clubs and other upcoming events plus our monthly "Top Picks."

Just this week, we have been able to complete the Second and Final Stage: bringing to you our Online Store which features an array our our products including New Release Fiction, Hot New Non-Fiction, all of the latest Men's and Women's DVDs and much, much more.

We welcome your feedback! Please do not hesitate to contact us at outwordsbooks@msn.com to let us know how you think we are doing!


Since 1993, Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee has offered a wide selection of LGBT-related books, DVDs, Music Cds and Rainbow Pride Gift Items. Located on Milwaukee's East Side, Outwords Books is convenient to both the "Green Line" and "30-Maryland" bus routes. We welcome you to browse our online store or better yet, please stop in for all the latest releases, personalized customer service and a damned good cup of coffee!

Open from: 11am to 7pm Monday to Thursday & Saturday | 11am to 8pm Friday | Closed Sunday 

Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee 2710 N. Murray Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211

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