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Apostle Islands Booksellers
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Featured Title

Jewels on the Water
by Jeff Rennicke and Layne Kennedy

We display this book as the must-have book on the Apostle Islands. Layne Kennedy’s photos are stunning. Jeff Rennicke’s text is fluid and knowledgeable. Unlike many coffee-table-style books this one has more than a pretty face. It was inspired by Martin Hanson and his cohorts and was published as a project of The Friends of the Apostle Islands. The Friends is a nonprofit organization which, in alliance with the National Park Service, serves to advance the interests of the park and its visitors. Check it out and become involved!

Featured Title

Apostle Islands:
From Land and Sea

by Craig Blacklock

The beauty of our namesake Apostle Islands is legendary. Never before have they been captured with such splendor and intimacy. Craig Blacklock arrives by sea kayak and shoots the spectacular sea caves, pristine beaches, light houses, flora, and fauna in brilliant color prints. There is a succinct introductory page of text and the rest is gorgeous color. There are two versions of the book: the Gallery Edition is 10 x 12 inches and 72 pages - coffee table style; the Souvenir Edition is 6.75 x 8 inches and 48 pages - quick reference style. Craig has simultaneously released a similar pair of books on the Pictured Rocks of the Upper Peninsula - equally beautiful. But, the Apostle Islands are home!

Featured Title

A Storied Wilderness: Rewilding the Apostle Islands
by James W. Feldman

"Rewilding" - as Feldman conceives it- is not about simply eradicating the traces of human presence and activity in the natural world, but rather recognizing the shared roles of people and nature in restoring and maintaining wild places. His laboratory is the marvelous landscape of the Apostle Islands - once a bustling hive of human community and commerce - which came to be the only area in the continental United States granted "wilderness" status during the presidency of George W. Bush. One of the key "stories" in the book is that of the Noring Farm - an abandoned homestead on Sand Island. In his forward, the eminent historian William Cronon describes his own experience of the fading remnants of the old farm and points out how Feldman drew upon it to demonstrate his insights into the intertwining of human and nonhuman nature. This is one of many of his stories of the Apostle Islands and as Cronon puts it, "[These] stories will remain legible on these pages in all their poignant ambiguity for a very long time to come."

Featured Title

Environmental Politics and the Creation of a Dream: Establishing the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
by Harold C. Jordahl Jr., with Annie L. Booth

In Environmental Politics and the Creation of a Dream, Harold (Bud) Jordahl, one of the primary advocates for designating the islands as a national park, discloses the full story behind the effort to preserve their natural beauty for posterity. He describes in detail the political and bureaucratic complexities of the national lakeshore campaign, augmented by his own personal recollections and those of such prominent figures as Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and President John F. Kennedy. Writing in collaboration with Annie Booth, Jordahl recounts how activists, legislators, media, local residents, and other players shaped the islands’ future establishment as a national park.
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Apostle Islands Booksellers
Bayfield, Wisconsin

“Jewels on the Water,” Jeff Rennicke and Layne Kennedy,
Jewels on the Water: Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands

Our name – Apostle Islands Booksellers – comes, obviously, from the archipelago that lays spread like a broken necklace across nearly 70,000 acres of pristine Lake Superior water and shoreline. These islands – sacred to the Ojibwe and a home base for the Great Lakes voyageurs – remain one of the most cherished and magical places in North America, if not the entire world. In 1970 they joined the elite company of special places in the national parks system of the United States as the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. In 2004 they became incorporated in an even more exclusive group when they were designated the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area. In 2005 the park was named one of the ten best national park destinations by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine.

"National parks are the best idea we ever had.” Wallace Stegner, Marking the Sparrow's Fall: The Making of the American West
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act creating a new federal agency to manage the existing 35 national parks and monuments and those yet to come. Its mandate reads that: “the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations…to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” This summer we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS).

The first national park in the United States (indeed, the first in the world), Yellowstone National Park, was created in 1872 and the most recent, Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village, was designated by President Obama about one month ago. There are now 412 parks and monuments in the system. They range from the largest of the parks – Wrangell-St. Elias in Alaska at more than eight million acres – to the smallest - Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Pennsylvania at .02 acres. There is at least one area in every state and they include urban, rural, wilderness, ocean, desert, and every other type of terrain imaginable.

“Oh, that glorious Wisconsin wilderness!” John Muir,
The Story of my Boyhood and Youth

Although many were involved along the way, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is principally the product of persistent and strategic work by two men – Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and northland conservationist Martin Hanson. They worked hand-in-glove to persuade President John F. Kennedy to support the creation of the park. They managed to entice Kennedy to undertake a national conservation tour in 1963. Of course, the Apostle Islands was on the itinerary. Hanson had spread the word of Kennedy’s visit and urged every sailor in the area to be on the lake at the appointed time. Hanson recalled that Kennedy’s “eyes lit up.  Here was the Massachusetts sailor seeing some of the best sailing water around.” The rest is history!

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The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks 
by Terry Tempest Williams

One of our favorite books and bestsellers in the shop is Terry Tempest Williams’ memoir/meditation When Women Were Birds. Now, on the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service we have her brilliant reflection on the American national parks. But, don’t take it from us! Andrea Wulf, author of the prizewinning biography of Alexander von Humboldt, says this: “The Hour of Land is one of the best nature books I’ve read in years… My only advice is to read the book. And then read it again, with pen in hand. And then visit a national park, because as Williams reminds us, they are ‘portals and thresholds of wonder,’ the ‘breathing spaces for a society that increasingly holds its breath.”
Wilderness Warrior
by Douglas Brinkley

The national park system would not be what it is today without the bold and visionary actions of Theodore Roosevelt. “I so declare it!” he said (presaging the executive orders of our current president). And so it was that over 230 million acres of America’s forests, wild lands and waters, and the wildlife that called them home were protected from development and desecration by the mere scratch of a quill. Roosevelt believed deeply that it was the very essence of democracy to ensure that every American could experience a personal connection with the magnificent natural legacy contained within America and her territories. He was literally disgusted with the greed, corruption, and petty profiteering of his fellow man and committed his life to fighting the forces of destruction and protecting America’s treasure for future generations. In The Wilderness Warrior, Douglas Brinkley tells this captivating story of an extraordinary and complex man and how he and his compatriots accomplished what seemed impossible. A terrific book!

On Sand Island
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Based on her summer living as an Artist in Residence on Sand Island, one of the largest and westernmost of the Apostle Islands, Martin wrote this captivating story of early 20th century life on Lake Superior. Carl, a boy in a family of Norwegian immigrant fishermen who live on Sand Island, wants to have a boat of his own. Through dogged persistence and the barter of his labor for the materials and supplies, he achieves his dream. The illustrations by David Johnson are exquisite. This is the perfect children’s book for the Apostle Islands.

Upcoming Events...

Reading & Discussion with Laurie Otis,
author of End of the Lupine Season

When: Thursday, July 28th at 6pm
Where: Apostle Islands Booksellers

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.

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. 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.

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

Midnight Release Party for
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

When: Saturday, July 30th at 11pm
Where: Apostle Islands Booksellers

What are you doing on at Midnight on July 30th?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth Harry Potter story, and the first to officially be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London's West End. The script for this play will be available on Harry’s birthday! Join us at 11pm for costume contests, trivia, giveaways, and of course, be one of the first to get a copy of what could be the final chapter! Books will go on sale at Midnight.

Final Thoughts...

We would like to extend congratulations to local author and dear friend of the store, Dennis McCann, for being honored as a 2016 Wisconsin Notable Author by the Wisconsin Library Association. This award recognizes an author’s entire body of work and is designed to promote greater awareness of the state’s literary heritage. Dennis' book This Superior Place paints a spectacular portrait of this stunning region we are proud to call home. Congratulations Dennis!

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