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A new Minneapolis bookstore will be run by 'indie' publisher Milkweed Editions

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If it seems like bookstores are more likely to close than open these days, then maybe Milkweed Books is swimming upstream instead of going with the flow.

That would not be unusual for the non-profit independent publisher Milkweed Editions, which started in Minneapolis 32 years ago.

The company announced Tuesday it's expanding its space on the eastern edge of downtown Minneapolis by adding a store.

The Open Book building is home to Milkweed and two other book-minded tenants: The Loft Literary Center and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Publishers Weekly reports Milkweed's new space will include bookshelves that nearly reach the 18-foot ceilings.

Milkweed CEO Daniel Slager tells Publishers Weekly the bookstore will have its own staff when it opens in late June but the eight employees of the publishing company will cycle through and schedule consultations with customers to make recommendations.

Managing director Patrick Thomas adds that Milkweed hopes to have a monthly subscription service in which books selected for individual customers by staff are delivered to their door (on a bicycle).

MPR News notes that when Open Book got started back in 2000, it included a bookstore that went out of business in three years.

But Open Book general manager Joe Skifter tells the network there's far more foot traffic in that part of downtown these days, mentioning the arrival of the Guthrie Theater and Mill City Museum, as well as a number of condominiums.

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