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Apostle Islands BooksellersWe are proud to announce we are now accessible to wheelchairs. Just ask for the portable ramp!

Apostle Islands Booksellers is a full-service, locally-owned, independent bookstore located in Bayfield, Wisconsin on the south shore of Lake Superior. Our collection of books emphasizes the history, cultures, nature, lifestyle, cuisine and activities of our locale – the Apostle Islands, the Chequamegon region, Lake Superior, the Great Lakes, Ojibwe Country and the Northwoods.

We offer carefully selected general fiction and non-fiction titles of interest to residents of Bayfield, Washburn, Ashland and the surrounding communities as well as the many visitors who journey to the unique and spectacular settings of Madeline Island, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Gaylord A. Nelson National Wilderness Area. We also carry a selection of quality accessories, maps and charts, and gift items with a regional flavor.

You will find us on Rittenhouse Avenue in the heart of historic Bayfield, Wisconsin across from the Big Water Café and Coffee Roasters. Come in and browse. If we don’t have just what you want, we can usually get it for you quickly or find an excellent alternative. Check our Events calendar and join us for author readings, book groups and other events to add a literary dimension to your Bayfield experience.

Our 2016 Best Sellers Make Great Gifts!

Holiday time has arrived! We thought we’d give you an idea of our 2016 bestsellers (our “Top 40” List) to help with your gift selections. Of course, many great books don’t necessarily make this list because they don’t sell in quantity, but the ones on this list do tend to be really good books. No surprise to us -- that means we have discerning customers who make very smart choices!

Apostle Islands Booksellers "Top 40"

Regional Fiction: 

Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye 
Wintering by Peter Geye (2016 release - author signing)
End of the Lupine Season by Laurie Otis (2016 release - author signing)
Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger (latest in Cork O’Connor series, 2016 release -author signing)
Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nicholas Butler (set in Eau Claire)
Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger (first in Cork O’Connor series)
Family Trees by Kerstin March
Branching Out by Kerstin March

General Fiction:

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Stoner by John Edward Williams
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Regional Nonfiction (set in, or particular to, our area):

This Superior Place: Stories of Bayfield and the Apostle Islands by Dennis McCann
Apostle Islands: From Land and Sea (gallery and souvenir editions) by Craig Blacklock
Blue Mind by Wallace Nichols (2015-2016 Community read – author visit)
On the Streets of Bayfield, Wisconsin by Mary Carlson
Apostle Islanders: The People & Culture by Robert Nelson
Jewels on the Water: Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands by Jeff Rennicke
Rock Pickers’ Guide to Lake Superior by Mark Stensaas
Is This an Agate? by Susan Robinson
Lake Superior: Blood on the Ice by John Esposito
Apostle Islands Water Trips by John Frank
Great Lakes Water Wars by Peter Annin
Unholy Apostles by James Keller
Amazing Agates by Scott Wolter
Best of Wild Rice Recipes by Beatrice Ojakangas
Old Rittenhouse Inn Cookbook by Mark Phillips
Delorme Wisconsin Atlas

General Nonfiction:

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer (SOEI Adult Nature Writing Award winner 2014)
For the Love of Rivers by Kurt Fausch  (SOEI Adult Nature Writing Award winner 2016 – author signing)
F in Exams: The Very Best in Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Many of these titles are available on our website as well, so if you're not in the neighborbood, there are still ways to support your favorite local bookstore. Some of these titles are only available through our store, but we're happy to ship special orders to you or your loved ones. 

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