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"William Kent Krueger is one of the modern masters of the craft... one of those rare writers who manage to keep the suspense alive until the final page."
Farrar, Straus and Giroux/ Macmillan
In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's
characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more
confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving
portrait of our time.
"A Masterpiece of American Fiction." - Sam Tanenhaus, The New York Times Book Review
From the critically acclaimed author of The Kindness of Strangers
comes a wry, engrossing, and moving novel of a veterinarian's journey
through the aftermath of divorce-all amidst a motley crew of animals.
"Wonderfully poignant characters and a deeply satisfying exploration of
love in its many incarnations, some of them a bit furrier than others,
make this novel Katrina Kittle's most insightful yet. Don't miss it!" -
Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Tomorrow River
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Lake & Islands Notes and many, many thanks to all of you who have made our opening season a successful one! And "successful" not just in the bottom-line sense. Throughout the summer the store was abuzz with talk of the lake and the islands; sailboats and kayaks; wildlife and wild mushrooms; risotto and venison; and, girls with dragon tattoos who played with fire and kicked hornets' nests. Children sat in window seats with ladybug girls and the diaries of wimpy kids. There was sheer delight when a Josephine Tey or a Boris Akunin was discovered on the mystery shelves. "Is that today's New York Times?", someone asked early one morning, "how do they get it here so early from New York"? It felt just like a real bookstore!
We did not do it alone. Our staff was superb! Kristen, Collin, Jack, Lois and Joe were absolutely professional, personable and utterly reliable. Our neighboring merchants - especially Richard and Carol at Chequamegon Books and Coffee - were unsparing in their willingness to share their knowledge and information of the local market and best retail practices. Likewise, our key suppliers - Baker and Taylor, Adventure Publications, Partners Book Distributors, Lake Superior Magazine, Erickson Postcards and Anthology- were extraordinarily generous with our start-up and growing pains. Our clientele helped us fill out our inventory with great ideas and suggestions for books and sidelines. All in all, in spite of the fact that our learning curve was steep, Apostle Islands Booksellers had an auspicious start and our gratitude is unbounded.
It would be remiss to fail to acknowledge our store mascot, Kia, whose patience and tolerance was above and beyond any call of duty. From her den beneath the cash-wrap she would occasionally wander out to the delight of all. "What a beautiful dog! What kind is it? ... A miniature Husky!?! ... I didn't know they made those! ... Oh! She licked my hand! ... She likes me!". And then she would flee back to her bed.
And so into autumn. These are crisp, clear September days and downright cold nights. The children are back in school and the grandparents are here in the North woods to enjoy the quiet and watch the changing of the leaves. There is a hush in the store and fewer ice cream cones on the street. Our thoughts turn to poetry workshops, book clubs and language groups.
Authors and other notable visitors continue to pass through: this summer we had Michael Perry (Population 485), David Wroblewski (The Story of Edgar Sawtelle), Dennis McCann (Badger Boneyard), Howard Paap (Raspberry River), Marcia Henry (Madeline Island A, B, C's), Thomas Peacock (The Four Hills of Life: Ojibwe Wisdom), Susan Runholt (Rescuing Seneca Crane), Don Albrecht (Bayfield Lake Superior), Leif Enger (Piece Like a River), William Cronin (Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West) and Lawrence Newman (The Apostle Islands: America's Wilderness in the Water).
This fall we have New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger (Vermilion Drift), Don Albrecht and David Saetre (Near the Torii Gate: A Zen Journey of Photographs and Poetry) and poets Deborah Gordon Cooper (Under the Influence of Lilacs) and Ellie Schoenfeld (The Dark Honey). We also had the pleasure of visits from Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Congressman David Obey, Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations and Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch.
And, most importantly, we had you! And we hope you will come back and see us often. We hope you'll keep in touch with us through the winter months. Thanks again!
An Afternoon with William Kent Krueger
We are thrilled to be welcoming New York Times best selling author William Kent Krueger to Bayfied on Saturday, October 23rd at 3pm. Krueger is the author of the infamous Cork O'Connor mystery series. The most recent title, Vermillion Drift
, has just recently been released in hardcover.
Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County
and a man of mixed heritage-part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has
received a number of awards including the Minnesota Book Award, the
Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, and the
Friends of American Writers Prize. Krueger lives with his family is St. Paul, Minnesota where he does all of his writing in booth #4 at the renowned St. Clair Broiler in St. Paul.Event Details:
Where: Reading at Big Water Cafe & Coffee Roasters - right across the street from Apostle Islands Booksellers
When: Saturday, October 23 at 3pm
This event is free and open to the public
Other upcoming events
September 25th, 11am-NoonBarbara With, award-winning author of five books, workshop facilitator,
inspirational speaker and international peace activist will be reading
from her new book "Guerrilla Publishing: How to Become a Published
Author for Less Than $1500 & Keep 100% of Your Profits," at Big
Water Cafe located at 117 Rittenhouse Avenue, across the street from
Apostle Islands Booksellers. There will be a book signing to follow at
Duluth Poets, Deborah Cooper and Ellie Schoenfeld
After performing at the
STAGENORTH Theatre on Friday, September 24th, poets Deborah Cooper and
Ellie Schoenfeld will be signing their newest collections, Cooper's
'Under the Influence of Lilacs' and Schoenfeld's 'The Dark Honey',
released by Clover Valley Press at Apostle Islands Booksellers.
September 25th, 3-5pm
Author Barbara With Reads from her new book "Guerrilla Publishing"
October 10th, 1-3pm
Near the Torii Gate; A Zen Journey in Photographs and Poetry
Authors Don Albrecht and David Saetre will visit Big Water Cafe at 117 Rittenhouse Avenue for a reading and discussion of their new book Near the Torii Gate; A Zen Journey in Photographs and and signing will follow at Apostle Islands Booksellers. This intimate journal contains two kinds of poetry - one verbal, one
visual. The authors use their artistic talents to capture the essence of
three life-changing weeks in Japan.
What we're reading...
Recommended by Kristen:
This book has been out for a while now, but I was talking to someone about it the other day, and I was reminded how much I adored this wonderful tale. This book of letters will draw you in from the very first page.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society begins in 1946
when English writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from someone on
Guernsey Island seeking help finding a book by Charles Lamb. This
begins an exchange of letters between Juliet and a group of people who
call themselves The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Guernsey was occupied by the Germans during the war and when a group of
people were caught out after curfew, they came up with a manufactured
claim that they were a book club that ran late. So they were forced to
begin one to keep the lie current. Soon they added food to their
meetings too. Juliet is so taken by this interesting and disparate
group of book lovers, that she has to travel to Guernsey to meet them
for herself. You will be drawn into every character in this book, enjoy their many literary opinions (of the Bronte Sisters, Jane Austen and Wordsworth to name a few) and laugh and cry with them as they endure through such a difficult time in history.
Published: The Dial Press; Later Print edition (July 29, 2008)