Whistling Shade is a literary journal and small press located in St. Paul, MN. We take a populist approach to literature and our audience is the general reading public. Whistling Shade is distributed to cafes, book stores, libraries and other locations in the Twin Cities; our print circulation is 2500 semi-annually and we have been publishing since 2001. Whistling Shade Press also publishes books. To receive announcements about issue and book releases, join our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook.

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Jarda Cervenka's new story collection, Encounter in Prague, will be published by Whistling Shade Press later on in April. The book release party will be Monday April 23, 7pm, at the Open Book (1011 Washington Ave S, Mpls). Everyone welcome!

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The new Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Whistling Shade is currently hitting the streets! This number is a potpourri of fiction, poetry, essay, and other odds & ends that will give you plenty of good reading for the long Minnesota winter. We have essays on Sinclair Lewis and the vaudeville performer Teddy Qualls, best books of the 21st century (so far), stories featuring carnival rides, mushroom clouds, movie theaters and a robot the size of a mountain(!), poetry that moves from the State Fair to Joan Blondell to Hyla Brook, reviews of books by Colin Dodds and Kevin FitzPatrick, and much more.

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New books from Whistling Shade!

Encounter in Prague - Jarda Cervenka


Jarda Cervenka's fifth collection of stories ranges from gold panning in the jungles of Colombia to fossil hunting on Corsica and sailing off the Florida Keys. But at the center of the collection is Prague, Cervenka's home town, which he fled in the wake of the Soviet invasion of 1968 - an event recounted in his story "Tanks and Quantum Mechanics in 1968".


Our Shades of Myth poetry chapbook is now available! Order your own copy for just $3!


Detroit Muscle - Jeff Vande Zande


An Oxycodone addict just out of rehab, Robby Cooper has debts to pay and a pregnant ex-girlfriend. As Robby struggles to jump-start his life on the crumbling streets of Detroit and its suburbs, his grandfather Otto invites him on a fly fishing road trip to northern Michigan. Driving his grandfather's '68 Firebird, Robby begins to understand how his family's dysfunction spans generations...