Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee

Milwaukee's Premier LGBT Bookstore and Giftshop

Welcome to Outwords Books!



Our Hours:

Monday -- Thursday

11:00am to 7:00pm



11:00am -- 8:00pm



11:00am -- 7:00pm




Upcoming Events


Wednesday, July 4

Outwords Books is Closed in observance of the holiday.


Monday, July 9 -- 7:00pm

Outwords Men's Book Group


The book chosen for discussing by the Outwords Books Men's Book Group in July will be The Clothesline Swing by acclaimed novelist Ahmad Danny Ramadan. Everyone is welcome to come in and join in on the discussion.


Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, The Clothesline Swing tells the epic story of two lovers anchored to the memory of a dying Syria. One is a Hakawati, a storyteller, keeping life in forward motion by relaying remembered fables to his dying partner. Each night he weaves stories of his childhood in Damascus, of the cruelty he has endured for his sexuality, of leaving home, of war, of his fated meeting with his lover. Meanwhile Death himself, in his dark cloak, shares the house with the two men, eavesdropping on their secrets as he awaits their final undoing.



Tuesday, July 10 – 7:00pm

Lesbian Reading Group @ Outwords Books


The Lesbian Reading Group in July will meet on Tuesday July 10 @ 7:00pm. The book for discussion is May Sarton’s much loved, The Education of Harriet Hatfield. Newcomers are always welcome.


When Harriet Hatfield opens a bookstore for women in a blue-collar neighborhood near Boston, she is bombarded by anonymous threats. And when the Boston Globe reports "Lesbian Bookstore Owner Threatened," her education in the narrow-mindedness of her fellow man--and woman--begins.



Saturday, July 14 – 2:00pm

Outwords Books 25th Anniversary & Sale


Outwords Books celebrates 25 Fabulous Year. Everyone is welcome to stop in from 2:00pm to help us celebrate Outwords Books 25th Anniversary.



Let’s go back. Way back. Twenty four years back.


It was a hot and sunny day….


It was Friday, July 9, 1993 to be exact, when Afterwords Bookstore & Espresso Bar opened its doors for the first time. It was hot; a very hot night and our air conditioner was not in yet – nor was the coffee bar. Now let’s jump a few years – well, actually 25 years. We’ve sold an ever increasing array of items from books and movies to coffee and cookies. We’ve made loads of friends, had a flood or two; shed a few tears, and laughed a lot.


Suddenly it is July 2018 and the renamed Outwords Books, Gifts and Coffee is celebrating 25 Fabulous Years.


Beginning Friday, please come and help us celebrate 25 years of serving Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin with the best selection of LGBT books, movies, and gift items.


When you stop in during our Anniversary Weekend, you'll find specials, plenty of nibbles and sales throughout Outwords Books.

Mark Zubro
will read from his latest young adult murder mystery, Always


Thursday, July 19 – 7:00pm

A Bisexual Reading Group @ Outwords Books

For the first meeting of the Bisexual Reading Group, the book for discussion is Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction, edited by Sheela Lambert.


Saturday, August 11 -- 2:00pm

Author! Author!!

Pete Bailey, MS OT, co-editor of Trans Homo...Gasp! Gay FTM & Cis Men on Sex and Love, a Lambda Literary Finalist for Best LGBTQ Anthology.


Monday, August 13 -- 7:00pm

Outwords Men's Book Group

Southernmost, Silas House’s eagerly awaited new novel will be the books discussed on August 13 @ 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come and join in on the discussion of the powerful, provocative novel.


Tuesday, August 14 – 7:00pm

Lesbian Reading Group @ Outwords Books

Saundra Mitchell’s All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, an intriguing collection of LGBT short fiction will be discussed at the August meeting of the Lesbian Reading Group @ Outwords Books.

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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