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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.

Hope McLeod Book Signing & Celebration

When:   Saturday, November 17th, 2-5pm

Where: Washburn Harbor View Event Center, 130 Harbor View Drive, Washburn

Have I Got a Story for You, a collection of stories and photos by award-winning journalist/songwriter/poet, Hope McLeod, depicts the hidden talent, boundless creativity and humble heroism of some special individuals living on the South Shore of Lake Superior. Previously published in the Bayfield County Journal from 2012-2017, these stories are newly edited and include extras, i.e., narratives, postscripts, and epilogue.

  • Music featuring: Yazmin & Beat Zero—original songs with Afro Cuban rhythms; Liesel Wilson & Eira, Celtic music; and Frank Montano, Native American flute playing
  • Guest speakers Hope McLeod will read passages from her book and Meredith Metzler will share highlights from her P.H.D: The changing media
    environment & its impact in small towns in the rural Midwest

  • Story Displays including 20 info tables hosted by people in the book making a difference in the community –artists, sustainable farmers, non-profits, etc. Includes artwork, CDs, and value-added goods, and signed copies of Hope’s book for purchase.





New York Times Bestselling Author Leif Enger

What: Author Reading & Signing 
When: Thursday, November 8th at 6pm 
Where: Kickapoo Coffee, Rittenhouse Ave. (accross from Apostle Islands Booksellers)

The first novel in ten years from award-winning, million-copy bestselling author Leif Enger, Virgil Wander follows the inhabitants of a Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is “cruising along at medium altitude” when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. With intelligent humor and captivating whimsy, Leif Enger conjures a remarkable portrait of a region and its residents, who, for reasons of choice or circumstance, never made it out of their defunct industrial district. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures including movies, fishing, necking in parked cars, playing baseball and falling in love, Virgil Wander is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often overlooked American Upper Midwest by a “formidably gifted” (Chicago Tribune) master storyteller. It’s clear that Enger’s time spent sailing in the Chequamegon Bay and traveling the shores of Lake Superior helped create such a relatable and well-told story.

Kickapoo will have coffee and treats available for purchase, and Apostle Islands Booksellers will have books available for purchase and author signing.

Remember, with the holidays rapidly approaching this makes the perfect personalized gift!

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