Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee

Milwaukee's Premier LGBT Bookstore and Giftshop

Welcome to Outwords Books


Countdown to Christmas


Our Hours


Monday – Saturday

11:00am to 7:00pm





Upcoming Events


Sunday, December 9

1:00pm -- 4:00pm

Outwords 7th Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange


Yes, it is back for 2018 Outwords Books Old Fashioned Cookie Exchange & Holiday Party. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy baking? Bring your favorite fresh baked cookies to share. Maybe you are baking challenged? Don't worry -- It is OK! There are always plenty of cookies to share!

Please come join us to sample the cookies and share some holiday cheer!


Monday, December 10   


Outwords Men's Book Group


The book chosen for discussion by the Outwords Books Men's Book Group in September will be Somewhere Over Lorain Road by Bud Gundy.


For more than forty years, the stain of horrific allegations against their father has haunted the Esker sons. When three little boys were murdered in 1975, their dad was suspected of the crimes. The immense strain of the unsolved case shattered the family, sending the brothers reeling into destinies of death, flight, and, in the case of Don Esker, shame-filled silence. Years later, Don returns to the family home in North Homestead, Ohio, to help care for his dying father in his final months. His dad longs for the peace that will only come with clearing his name. If Don can find the killer, he can heal his family--and himself. His own redemption begins when he becomes romantically involved with Bruce, who joins the hunt and forces Don to confront the unthinkable answer they've uncovered.


Tuesday, December 11


Lesbian Reading Group @ Outwords Books

The Lesbian Reading Group in December will meet on Tuesday December 11 @ 7:00pm. The book for discussion is Fiona Shaw’s acclaimed novel, Tell it to the Bees, soon to be a major motion picture.


Lydia Weekes is distraught at the break-up of her marriage. When her young son, Charlie, makes friends with the local doctor, Jean Markham, her life is turned upside down.  Charlie tells his secrets to no one but the bees, but even he can't keep his mother's friendship to himself. The locals don't like things done differently. As Lydia and the doctor become closer, the rumors start to fly and threaten to shatter Charlie's world.



Wednesday, December 12


BI+ Pride Book Club @ Outwords Books

In December the group will discuss Brother/Sister Plays by leading American playwright Taryll Alvin McRaney


 Lyrical and mythic, provocative and contemporary, McCraney's dramas of kinship, love, and heartache are set in the bayou of Louisiana and loosely draw on West African myths. In the Red and Brown Water charts the story of Oya, a fast and beautiful track star who must make difficult choices on her journey to womanhood. The Brothers Size dramatizes the struggle between brothers who have taken different paths: Ogun, single-mindedly running his auto shop, and Oshoosi, recently returned from prison and fallen back with trouble. Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet explores a young man's relationship with his history and friends as he discovers his sexuality and true self against the backdrop of an impending storm.


Holiday Hours:


Sunday, December 23

12 Noon to 4:00pm


Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve

12 Noon to 4:00pm


Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day

Closed in observance of the Holiday


Sunday, December 30



Monday, December 31

New Year’s Eve

11:00am to 7:00pm


Tuesday, January 1

New Year’s Day

Holiday Open House

12:00 Noon to 5:00pm


Monday, January 14


Outwords Men's Book Group

Rebecca. Makkai’s acclaimed The Great Believers, already a firm Outwords Books favorite, will be the book for discussion in January.


In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.


Tuesday, January 15


Lesbian Reading Group @ Outwords Books

The book for discussion has not yet been selected. Please check back






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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