Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee

Milwaukee's Premier LGBT Bookstore and Giftshop

Welcome to Outwords Books

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Our Hours

Please note new Friday hours.

Monday – Saturday
11:00am to 7:00pm


Upcoming Events


10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival

Oct. 18 – Nov. 1, 2018

Outwords Books is delighted to be a Community Partner for the charming Lesbian film, Rafiki.

Banned in its home country of Kenya, Rafiiki is a tenderly realized tale of forbidden teenage love bursting with bright color.


Mon. Oct. 22 @6:00pm Avalon Theater

Sunday, October 28 @11:00am Oriental Theatre East

Tues. Oct. 30 @12:30 Jan Serr Studio Cinema


Thursday, November 1 -- 7:00pm

BI+ Book Club @ Outwords Books


The BI+ Book Club is back, (rescheduled) in November, on Thursday, November 1 @ 7:00pm with a discussion of James Baldwin's classic, Giovanni's Room.


Set (and written) in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.


Monday, Nov. 12 -- 7:00pm

Outwords Men's Book Group

Author David Pederson joins the Outwords Books Men’s Book Club in November for a reading and discussion of Death Checks In, the third offering in the popular series.


All Detective Heath Barrington and his partner, Alan Keyes, want is to get away for a weekend of romance, but they find murder instead when a missing tie leads them to the body of the peculiar Victor Blount, and Heath can't resist the urge to investigate. Who killed Blount, and why? Clues turn up around every corner, but what do they mean? The bloody "W," the green spool of thread grasped in the dead man's hand, the newspaper left at the doorstep: they all lead down a strange and winding road of mystery and danger. As Heath and Alan work together to solve the case, they encounter various and eccentric suspects, old friends, and a hostile Chicago Detective, Marty Wilchinski, who doesn't like Milwaukee police involved in a Chicago crime. Forced to act on their own, out of their jurisdiction, they race against time to find the killer before Wilchinski files the case closed.


Tuesday, November 13 – 7:00pm

Lesbian Reading Group @ Outwords Books

The Lesbian Reading Group in November will meet on Tuesday November 13 @ 7:00pm. The book for discussion is Flesh and Gold, the fourth entry in Ann Aptaker’s popular Canter Gold crime series.


Havana, 1952, a city throbbing with pleasure and danger, where the Mob peddles glamor to the tourists and there's plenty of sex for sale. In the swanky hotels and casinos, and the steamy, secretive Red Light district of the Colón, Cantor Gold, dapper art thief and smuggler, searches the streets and brothels for her kidnapped love, Sophie de la Luna y Sol. Cantor races against time while trying to out run the deadly schemes of American mobsters and the gunsights of murderous local gangs.



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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