Apostle Islands Booksellers
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Lake & Islands Notes
October 2010
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Born to Run
Christopher McDougall
: 978-0307266309

Published: Knopf; 2009
Price: $24.95

From his opening question - Why does my foot hurt? - to the culmination of a fifty-mile race between Tarahumara runners and an eclectic group of Americans, this is a fascinating and awe inspiring book.
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Books and Islands in Ojibwe County
Louise Erdrich
ISBN-13: 978-0792253730
Published: National Geographic, 2006
Price: $20.00

Louise Erdrich is one of the most prolific and celebrated writers of the so-called Native American Renaissance in literature. This small, but captivating, book is her account of a vision quest she made with her eighteen-month-old daughter into the lakes and islands of the Northwoods in search of the literature of her tribe.

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Olivia Goes to Venice
Ian Falconer
ISBN-13: 978-1416996743

Published: Atheneum, 2010
Price: $17.99

One of the current favorites among children's books is Ian Falconer's "Olivia" series. This lovable and bossy pig has had a band, been queen of the trampoline and left no stone unturned to find a missing toy. Now she is off to Venice! She and her family explore the old city - the grand palazzos, the bridges, and the canals. They feed the pigeons, but most of all they feed themselves - gelato, gelato, gelato - until the gondola nearly sinks!

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Wow!  How to squeeze 50,000 weekend visitors into a village of 611 North Country souls?  Well, that's Applefest!  It was a rollicking good time and our little store provided an oasis of quiet and respite from the frenetic whirl of people and dogs and smoke and music which filled the streets.  There was a palpable sense of relief as refugees from the streets stepped inside.  Depending upon who was on duty, Pandora played mixes of blues, bossa nova, Yo-Yo Ma, Neil Young or Blossom Dearie.  Pink Floyd remained banned!  Books about apples were prominent on the shelves - how to grow them, how to cook them, how to press them.  Most people gravitated to our Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, Northwoods, and Ojibwe Country sections.  Many others preferred to browse and choose from our basic inventory of fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, mysteries, stories, poetry, children, young adult, cookbooks, gardening books, music, art, architecture, spiritualism, health and well-being, travel and adventure.

With that over we downshifted to our shoulder season and began to look back at the high traffic days and evenings of Summer.  What worked for us?  What went well?  We had the most interesting and appreciative group of customers and clients we could possibly have asked for.  We learned so much from them about books and about bookstores that we often felt we should trade places.  We had the best staff of professional, personable and reliable booksellers in the world.  We had the benefit of the advice and counsel of neighboring bookstores and neighboring merchants who had been through all of this before.

So, what sold?  Well, the Millenium Trilogy of Steig Larsson, of course, led the way.  That dragon-tattooed girl not only played with fire and kicked the hornet's nest, but she made our margins as well.  Close behind were the wonderful Northwoods and Ojibwe Country murder mysteries of William Kent Krueger.  Our own Dennis McCann's Badger Boneyards was a big hit especially when Dennis was in the store to chat and sign this new release.  Many left with the beautiful signature volume of the Apostle Islands, Jewels on the Water, which helps support the Friends of the Apostle Islands.  Our artist-in-residence, Bob Holton, had a huge following for Lucius (which he illustrated for Kathy Coughlin) as well as his own poster and guidebook The Realm of Tales Told Twice.  And Hunger Games, The Help, Hiawatha, Ladybug Girl at the Beach, and on and on and on.

Now that we are back to our 611 stalwart North Country people, we are turning to our role as a community resource.  Friday mornings we co-host a read aloud for children with Big Water Café and Coffee Roasters across the street.  Our book clubs are ramping up, and will begin mid-November.  Jack has scheduled our first poetry workshop for November 10th.  There are plans for language salons and discussion groups and we are open to any and all suggestions.  We are arranging meetings with the schools, library, park service and other local entities to find areas of collaboration and synergy. 

While we have cut back our hours substantially from the seven-days-a-week, thirteen-hours-a-day schedule of the summer season, we are still open from mid-morning until late afternoon every day of the week.  Please stop in and let us know how we can serve you better. 
Thanks to all!
William Kent Krueger - New York Times Bestselling author - visits Bayfield
William Kent Krueger
We are thrilled to be welcoming New York Times best selling author William Kent Krueger to Bayfied this 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:
Vermillion Drift Cover ImageWhere:
Reading at Big Water Cafe & Coffee Roasters - right across the street from Apostle Islands Booksellers
This Saturday, October 23 at 3pm
This event is free and open to the public

Other Booksellers News...

Join us for Children's Storytime at Big Water Cafe!
Every Friday at 10am

We are very excited to be partnering withBig Water Cafe & Coffee Roasters to provide the area's smaller children with a fun-filled story hour every Friday. This is free and open to the public. The books selected are intended for the younger (ages 2-4) crowd. We will have different guest readers every week, and the books will be chosen from the diverse selection at Apostle Islands Booksellers.

Evenings of Poetry at Apostle Islands Booksellers
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm starting November 10th
Poetry is a way to weave words together in a way that lets our mind see the image the writer sees. Finding the words that make the image come alive can be a very rewarding and creative process. The enjoyment of reading poems we have written, or perhaps reading a favorite poem written by someone else, out loud, is a wonderful experience. Apostle Islands Booksellers would like to invite you to be a part of a very casual workshop where you will be encouraged to read, write and share. We will be hosting these evenings of poetry beginning on Wednesday, November 10th at 6:30-8pm.

Apostle Islands Booksellers Book Club
Every other Tuesday at 6:30pm starting November 16th
As the winter months approach we are looking forward to even more time to read good books and then of course discuss them! This is an open club and visitors are welcome to attend as few or as many evenings as they like. Our goal will be to read one book a month. What books? This is of course one of the biggest challenges. We are encouraging all who are interested to bring 3-5 titles (from any genre) to the first meeting and we will determine our list from those selections. The first book will be determined at our first gathering. For that first gathering we are asking all who attend to bring a short reading from a favorite book or author to share with the rest of the group - be prepared to discuss your piece for up to 5 minutes.

What we're reading...
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One Thousand White Women - The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

Premised upon a bizarre historical fact - a Cheyenne proposal during treaty negotiations in Washington, DC to trade one thousand horses for one thousand white women - Fergus uses further historical detail to spin out the story of May Dodd who might have been one of the one thousand if the idea had actually come to fruition. It follows her path from confinement in a Chicago mental institution (for alleged "promiscuity") to her life among the Cheyenne on the Great Plains. It is a compelling story embroidered with the patterns of life in a Native American community and edged with the tensions of relations between the sexes, the races, the religions and, ultimately, between "civilization" and "savagery".
ISBN: 978-0312199432
Published: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (February 15, 1999)
Price: $14.95
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