Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee

Milwaukee's Premier LGBT Bookstore and Giftshop

Welcome to Outwords Books

Summer, finally!

Our Hours

Monday – Saturday
11:00am to 7:00pm


4th of July Holiday Hours


Wednesday, July 3

11:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday, July 4

Closed in observance of the holiday

Friday, July 5

11:00am – 7:00pm


Upcoming Events


Monday, July 8 -- 7:00pm

Outwords Men's Book Group

The Outwords Books Men’s Book Club will meet to discuss John Inman’s A Party to Murder, an intoxicating jumble of murder and romance, on July 8 @ 7:00pm.


When Jamie Roma and Derek Lee find their blossoming love affair interrupted by dual invitations to a house party from a mysterious unnamed host, they think, Sounds like fun. The next thing they know they are caught up in a game of cat and mouse that quickly starts racking up a lot of dead mice. Yikes. Trapped inside a spooky old house in the middle of nowhere, with the body count rising among their fellow guests, they begin to wonder if they'll escape with their lives. As a cataclysmic storm swoops in to batter the survivors, the horror mounts. Oddly enough, even in the midst of murder and mayhem, Jamie and Derek's love continues to thrive. While the guest list thins, so does the list of suspects. Soon it's only them and the killer. And then the battle really begins.


Tuesday, July 9 – 7:00pm

Lesbian Reading Group @ Outwords Books

The Lesbian Reading Group in July will meet on Tuesday July 9 @ 7:00pm. The book for discussion is Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff.


Becca Thornton didn't expect that menopause was going to come with bonus lycanthropy. But things are heating up in her adopted hometown of Wolf's Point and she and her new Pack are in danger. Can Becca overcome her fears and help the werewolves defeat their greatest enemy?

Thursday, August 8 – 7:00pm


We are delighted to welcome back poet Gregg Shapiro for a launch of Gregg Shapiro’s two new poetry collections: More Poems About Buildings and Food, published by Souvenir Spoon Books and Sunshine State, from NightBallet Press.


Other books by Shapiro include the short story collections How to Whistle and Lincoln Avenue. He also has work forthcoming in Gargoyle, Mojave River Review, and the anthology Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman. His poetry was recently featured in South Florida Poetry Journal, the Gay and Lesbian Review, Chelsea Station Magazine, and the anthology Reading Queer. Gregg Shapiro, is also the author of Fifty Degrees, selected by Ching-In Chen as co-winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog Coco.


Monday, August 12 -- 7:00pm

Outwords Men's Book Group

The Outwords Books Men’s Book Club will meet on Monday, August 12 to discuss The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff.


A globe-trotting, century-spanning adventure story, Jake Wolff's The History of Living Forever takes us from Maine to Romania to Easter Island and introduces a cast of unforgettable characters--drug kingpins, Big Pharma flunkies, centenarians, boy geniuses, and even a group of immortalists masquerading as coin collectors. It takes us deep into the mysteries of life--from first love to first heartbreak, from the long pall of grief to the irreconcilable loneliness of depression to the possibility of medical miracles, from coming of age to coming out. Hilarious, haunting, heart-busting, life-affirming, it asks each of us one of life's essential questions: How far would you go for someone you love?


Tuesday, August 13 – 7:00pm

Lesbian Reading Group @ Outwords Books

In August the Lesbian Reading Group will meet on Tuesday August 13 @ 7:00pm. The book for discussion in August is In the Deep End, the debut offering from Kate Davies.


Julia has had enough. Enough of the sex noises her roommate makes. Enough of her dead-end government job. Enough of the one-night stand who accused her of breaking his penis. The only thing she hasn't had enough of is orgasms; she hasn't had proper sex in three years. So when Julia gets invited to a warehouse party in a part of town where trendy people who have lots of sex go on a Friday night, she readily accepts. And that night she meets someone: a conceptual artist, who also happens to be a woman.


Julia’s sexual awakening begins; her new lesbian life is exhilarating. She finds her tribe at queer swing dancing classes, and guided by her new lover Sam, she soon discovers London’s gay bars and BDSM clubs . . .  and the complexities of polyamory. Soon it becomes clear that Sam needs to call the shots, and Julia’s newfound liberation comes to bear a suspicious resemblance to entrapment . . .




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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