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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.

Reading & Discussion with local author Laurie Otis

Join us as we celebrate Laurie's third book "End of the Lupine Season." Laurie will read an excerpt from her new novel and a short discussion will follow. Laurie’s talented daughter Molly Otis will also be joining us with musical entertainment.

"End of the Lupine Season" chronicles a naive young girl's life as she experiences the passion of first love; the complexities of family and motherhood; the importance of friendship; and sadly, grief and tragedy. It was the spring of 1950 when timid, eighteen-year-old Gudrun Carlson arrived on the dock in La Pointe, Wisconsin amidst a raging Lake Superior storm. She was there to take a job as a domestic on Madeline Island. It was not only her first real job, but her first time beyond the confines of St. Paul and watchful eye of a domineering mother, who had died that winter, leaving her alone. Little did Gudrun know, standing in the wind and rain, that this "rock" and the vast lake that surrounded it would become the place she would always call home. Life was not always kind to Gudrun, but in the end, she learned forgiveness for others and for herself. As her best friend had told her many times, "Beating yourself up about the past don't do anybody any good." Gudrun would always keep the Island alive in her heart and soul: the storms, the lupines blooming, and the people who became her family.

Apostle Islands Booksellers will have copies available for purchase and Laurie will be signing books as well.

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, Midnight Release Party!

harry potter and cursed child cover imageParty starts at 11pm at Apostle Islands Booksellers with costume contests, trivia, giveaways and more! Books go on sale at Midnight! 

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Join us for trivia, costume contests, giveaways, and of course be among the first to buy the script for this wonderful production!

Books will go on sale at Midnight!

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