Part-Time Bookseller

Milkweed Books is seeking a part-time bookseller to join the team at our independent bookstore in downtown Minneapolis. We are a small shop operated by independent publisher Milkweed Editions, where we specialize in a curated, eclectic inventory, exceptional customer service, and robust calendar of literary and community events. We are looking for someone to staff the bookstore 10–15 hours a week, with the possibility of extra hours during larger events and the holiday season. Opportunity for a set schedule. Compensation is $15/hour.

We encourage individuals of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses to apply.

Our ideal applicant has:

  • Bookstore experience
  • General retail experience
  • Broad reading background and passion for contemporary literature across genres
  • Excellent customer service skills and eagerness to discuss and recommend books to people of all tastes and backgrounds
  • Weekend availability
  • Knowledge of the current publishing landscape and Twin Cities literary community
  • Familiarity with Milkweed Editions titles a plus

In addition to talking about books and reading a lot, Milkweed Books booksellers must:

  • Make change, ring in sales, and run reports with our point of sale (IBIDie and Square)
  • Lift boxes up to 40-50 lbs
  • Sit and stand for long periods of time
  • Receive and unpack shipments of books
  • Shelve and display books
  • Answer phone calls, take messages and special orders
  • Multi-task and preserve attention to detail
  • Occasionally assist Milkweed Editions authors, board of directors, and other community partners and organizations (book orders/pick ups)

Our bookseller may have opportunities to contribute to our publishing program, but this is a position centered in the bookstore.

Please submit a resume and a list of three book that represent what you love to read, with 2-3 lines per book about why you chose each one, and any other details you would like us to know about you. No cover letter necessary. Materials should be sent to with “Bookseller Application: [Your Name]” in the subject line.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 11th. No calls, please.


It is the policy of Milkweed Editions to afford equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class recognized by applicable laws.


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