Apostle Islands Booksellers
Lake & Islands Notes
November 2010
In This Issue
Author Andrea Cremer Visits Chequamegon Bay
Last minute holiday deals
What We're Reading
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Every 6 weeks we'll have a new selection of CD's from different artists being featured on NPR (National Public Radio). Artists featured range from Eric Clapton to Ben Folds to Mary Stuart!
Book Club Discounts up to 20% OFF!

Are you in a book club? Apostle Islands Booksellers would like to provide benefits to all of the book clubs in the Chequamegon Bay area.
10% OFF - to anyone purchasing a title for their book club.
15% OFF - to anyone purchasing 5 or more copies of one book for their book club.
20% OFF - for anyone purchasing a book for the Apostle Islands Booksellers book club!
Featured Title
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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
Barack Obama
Illustrated by Loren Long
Published: Knopf, 2010
Price: $17.99

Flowing from the opening question from the President to his daughters Sasha and Malia - "Have I told you?" - is a letter posing a series of questions each highlighting the life and contributions of a notable American. With each question more and more children join the girls to hear of the special gifts and talents of figures from George Washington to Georgia O'Keefe and from Helen Keller to Jackie Robinson. The evocative text merges precisely with the sensational illustrations. A treasure!

Featured Title
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Cry, The Beloved Country
Alan Paton
Published: Simon & Schuster, 2003
Price: $15.00

In the opening paragraph Paton describes the area around Stephen Kumalo's village as "lovely beyond any singing of it." Similar haunting and rhythmic prose carries the reader through this hypnotic and tragic narrative. Kumalo is an Anglican priest and Zulu elder whose son and sister have left the village and disappeared into the bowels of Johannesburg. He scrapes together what little money he and his wife have saved over the years and sets off in search of his family.

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We've been living in our barn since this past July awaiting the completion of our new house in the hills west of Bayfield. With sentiment somewhat akin to that of Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World we look longingly up the slope as time and deadlines recede behind us. The first one up builds a fire in the wood stove and puts on a pot of tea. Temperatures have hovered near zero for weeks now and this morning it dipped below for the first time. Paradoxically, the house itself is warm as toast as the final trim and detail are completed. So, it is always a pleasure to arrive at the store for the day's work!

We are eagerly awaiting our December 27th date at Stagenorth in Washburn with Nightshade author Andrea Cremer. Her young adult/fantasy New York Times bestseller has garnered great praise from reviewers as far and wide as the LA Times, Publishers Weekly and the NY Journal of Books. We hold Andrea as one of our own. She was born and grew up in nearby Ashland, "daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin." In her spare time she earned a PhD in history at the University of Minnesota and now teaches history at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. We welcome her back to the Northwoods and look forward to her reading and signing visit with us at Stagenorth on December 27th.

One of the things we miss in the crush of the summer season and the multitude of visitors to the Apostle Islands is connecting with our friends and neighbors here in the Chequamegan Region. That has been cured by the holiday season and our many local customers who are coming in for Christmas shopping, conversation or just plain warmth! It's a slower, deeper season and we are grateful for visits from one and all.

Happy Holidays!

New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer visits the Chequamegon Bay

Author Andrea CremerAshland, Wisconsin native, Andrea Cremer has authored Nightshade - a New York Times bestseller. We are thrilled to be welcoming her home this holiday season for a reading and signing at Stagenorth Theater located in Washburn, WI.

Praised by the LA Times, "A fantastical mash-up of religious warriors and witch hunts, of feminist will and societal oppression, "Nightshade" is historical fiction - with a modern, pop culture twist. An intelligent reimagining of the past played out in the present with shape-shifting werewolves residing in Vail, Colo., "Nightshade" is a book for well-read hopeless romantics who like their heroines conflicted, their love interests smoldering and their passions triangulated and torrid, yet unfulfilled."

Nightshade cover imageAndrea will join us on December 27th at 7pm for a reading from her novel, and maybe she'll share some details from the next novel in her young adult series. Apostle Islands Booksellers will be at this event as well with an ample supply of Adrea's books for all. Be sure to come to Stagenorth on the 27th and get your very own signed copy of Nightshade.

WHEN: Monday, December 27th, 7pm
WHERE: Stagenorth Theater, 123 West Omaha Street, Washburn, WI

For those of you who haven't yet finished your holiday shopping... a great opportunity!
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Afterhours Shopping Opportunity
For those last-minute shoppers, Bayfield's downtown businesses will be staying open afterhours to celebrate the holiday season - THIS Thursday, December 16th from 5-7pm. We will be joined by local storyteller Tracy Chipman. Tracy will be joining us at 4:00pm to perform for the younger crowd (ages 5-10), and at 5:30, Tracy will read a wonderful rendition of Twas the Night Before Christmas for listeners of all ages.  Tracy's latest CD of tales, As It Was Told To Me is also available for purchase at Apostle Islands Booksellers.

In addition, we will also be providing a few seasonal last-minute specials:

  • Buy any two books and get 20% off of your third book!*
  • 10% off of all puzzles!
  • On December 16th ONLY, any customer who purchases $50 or more of merchandise will receive a FREE Chico Bag (valued at $11.95)
* Some restrictions apply.
Other Booksellers News...

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

We are very excited to be partnering with Big 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 THURSDAY at 6:30pm
Our evenings of poetry have been very successful. Local poets have been enjoying many different genres of poetry (including Haiku!). If you have any interest in writing poetry, reading poetry or simply listening to other read their own works, you are welcome! Please note the date change. We have changed the evening to Thursday.  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. Join us every Thursday from 6-8:30pm at the store.

Apostle Islands Booksellers Book Club
Every other WEDNESDAY at 6:30pm
After finishing Rearview Sunset, by Brett Champan, the Apostle Islands Booksellers Book Club enjoyed One Thousand White Women, by Jim Fergus. This wonderful group is averaging two books a month, and always have room for more to join the conversation. Remember, if you are interested in joining us, it's not too late! As a member of our book club, you receive 20% off this title! The next book we will be reading is House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. Due to the holidays we will be taking a short break and re-joining in the new year. We are switching to Wednesday nights in order to accommodate more readers who wish to join the group.  Our next gathering is Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 - we look forward to seeing you there!

What we're reading...
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The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Recommended by Demaris

Engrossing, perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, the "Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins is more than just another futuristic action series for the teenage reader.  Collins' characters are realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds.  Big ideas, from the injustice of a few people living in comfort while the rest of the world goes hungry to the priority placed on entertainment in a society where many do without necessities, are explored amidst a thrilling adventure that will appeal to science fiction, survival and adventure readers.

The books raise and examine a host of philosophical and moral issues surrounding government control, warfare and senseless violence more commonly associated with more adult novels. However, Collins deals with them in a way that encourages young people to ponder the decisions made by others that affect their own lives. The books are generally considered suitable for readers 12 and up but it will depend on the particular 12 or 13-year old. For older children who like action-packed suspense, these books will keep them glued to the page long after bedtime!  Even many adults (like me) couldn't put them down.

The Hunger Games
ISBN: 978-0439023528
Price: $8.99

Catching Fire
Price: $8.99

ISBN: 978-0439023511
Price: $17.99

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Save 20% off one hardcover book!

Book must be in stock, some restrictions apply. Print this coupon and present it in store for your discount. This coupon may not be combined with any other promotions or discounts. Limited to one use and one coupon per customer.
Offer Expires: December 31, 2010