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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.

Book signing with Mary Sharratt, author of A Dark Lady's Mask

Mary Sharratt will be at Apostle Islands Booksellers signing copies of her book The Dark Lady’s Mask—A novel of Aemilia Bassano Lanier, the first professional woman poet in Renaissance England, and her collaboration—and star-crossed love affair—with William Shakespeare.

Wintering: Peter Geye Book Signing & Celebration

wintering cover imageWhen: June 23rd at 6pm
Where: Madeline Island Ferry Terminal (the base of Washington Ave.)
Light refreshments.
Enjoy live music performed by Molly Otis before Peter's presentation.

Peter Geye, author of The Lighthouse Road, returns to Bayfield for a signing and celebration of his newest masterpiece, Wintering.

We have all been waiting patiently for Peter Geye to finish his third novel, and it is finally here. This will be one of the hottest books of 2016. Don't believe us? Here's what bestselling author Richard Russo has to say about it, "The last time I read a literary thriller so profound Cormac McCarthy’s name was on its spine. But Peter Geye is his own man and Wintering is as unique and menacingly beautiful as its Minnesota borderlands setting.”

There are two stories in play here, bound together when the elderly, demented Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding northernmost Minnesota wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint--instantly changing the Eide family, and many other lives, forever. He'd done this once before, thirty-some years earlier, in 1963, fleeing a crumbling marriage and bringing along Gustav, his eighteen-year-old son, pitching this audacious, potentially fatal scheme to him--winter already coming on, in these woods, on these waters--as a reenactment of the ancient voyageurs' journeys of discovery. It's certainly a journey Gus has never forgotten. Now--with his father pronounced dead--he relates its every detail to Berit Lovig, who'd waited nearly thirty years for Harry, her passionate conviction finally fulfilled for the last two decades. So, a middle-aged man rectifying his personal history, an aging lady wrestling with her own, and with the entire history of Gunflint.

Before Peter's presentation we will be be entertained by the musical talents of Molly Otis. Molly is a powerful vocalist and plays multiple instruments including fiddle, mandolin and guitar; she pours a lot of energy into her playing and is always entertaining. Light refreshments will be provided and we will have plenty of copies of Wintering available for purchase.

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