Attention: Fans of the bestselling Divergent series by Veronica Roth!
Allegiant, the final book in this trilogy, will be available for purchase on Tuesday, October 22nd. This is a very popular and hard to get book.

If you'd like a copy, please call 715-779-0200 or email us to order yours as soon as possible as we are predicting a limited number of copies will be available.

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This Sunday at 2pm at Big Water Cafe!
Meet William Kent Krueger

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. Northwest Angle (2011) and Trickster's Point (2012) and Tamarack County (2013) were New York Times bestsellers.

Join us as we learn even more about Cork's adventures and what might be in his future! After the reading at Big Water Cafe, there will be a signing at our shop (right across the street!

Featured Selection

Mrs. Poe
by Lynn Cullin
It's 1845. The Raven has just been published and is widely adored. Frances Osgood is a struggling poet and has just been rejected by her publisher again. He tells her to come up with something similar to Poe's writing, but for women. She is skeptical. Frances then has the opportunity to meet Mr. Poe. She certainly didn't mean to fall in love with this man. She was married to a philandering husband and he to his first cousin half his age. Over two years we experience this troubled relationship with them. The characters and the relationships in this novel are more complex than one would imagine. This novel, which most certainly fiction, is well researched and we learn a lot about Edgar Allen Poe (known to his wife as Eddie). A very well written, entertaining read.

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That is NOT a Good Idea
by Mo Willems

That Is Not a Good Idea! is a hilarious, interactive picture book from bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems, the creator of books like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, the Knuffle Bunny series, the Elephant and Piggie series, and many others.
Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. As with the beloved Pigeon books, kids will be calling out the signature refrain and begging for repeated readings. The funny details in the colorful illustrations by three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems will bring nonstop laughter to story time.
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Manana Means Heaven
by Tim Z. Hernandez

There is a photo of a pair of gristled, knotty hands holding a copy of this book.  They belong to the 92-year-old Bea Franco who was “Terry,” Jack Kerouac’s On the Road “Mexican Girl.”  They met on a bus in Bakersfield, California in 1947 – a Chicana migrant worker and a college boy – and carried on a 15-day love affair. That much is true. This novel develops a context around that truth based upon Kerouac’s writings; letters and cards from Bea in the Kerouac archives in the New York Public Library; and the author’s encounter with the elderly Bea and her family. Together with a fertile imagination this makes an interesting addition to Kerouac lore. As fate would have it Bea Franco passed away on August 15th, 2013 at the age of 92 just before the book was released.      

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Alice Munro sneaked onto our radar a couple of times this year before the Nobel announcement of last week. During our June trip to British Columbia we visited Munro’s Books founded by Ms. Munro and her then husband, Jim, fifty years ago. As we exulted in these notes at the time, it is the best bookshop we had ever been in. Last week the Nobel Committee had a hard time locating Ms. Munro to give her the news and in desperation called Mr. Munro. “Sorry”, he said, “Alice doesn’t live here anymore.” LOL! Then, on our return from Europe last week, we browsed the English language section at the Brussels Airport bookshop and picked Dear Life, the new collection of stories by Alice Munro. Little did we know what was in store a few days later!
We have been invited to join the juries of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s Nature Writing Awards. These awards honor the memory and literary legacy of Sigurd F. Olson and help support and encourage the work of contemporary writers who seek to carry on his tradition of quality nature writing. Since its inception in 1991, the award competition has attracted entries from the best nature writers in the nation. The writing awards are presented annually to authors (one in adult and one in children’s literature) whose books best capture the spirit of the human relationship with the natural world.  As if we didn’t have enough to read!
The Heartland Fall Forum, a trade show and conference for independent booksellers hosted by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, was a great success. Held in Chicago on October 3-6, the event brought together nearly 300 booksellers and some 450 exhibitors to celebrate their spunk and resourcefulness in this volatile industry. Spirits were high and we learned much from our colleagues and the many authors and publishers who attended. Two of our favorites – William Kent Krueger (who will be here with us on Sunday) and Michael Perry (who is also with us often) – took top honors.  Krueger won the 2013 Choice Award for Fiction with his Ordinary Grace and Perry won the 2013 Choice Award for Non-Fiction with his Visiting Tom. They were in good company as Mary Oliver won the 2013 Choice Award for Poetry with her A Thousand Mornings (see below) and Loren Long won for Otis and the Puppy in children's literature.
With your support we have had a great summer season and hope we will see more of you in the winter as well. Bayfield has sled dog racing, ice fishing, snow-shoeing, skiing (both downhill and touring), snowmobiling, ice sailing and a variety of fun weekend events. Then, curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book. Oh, don’t throw me into that briar patch!

Remember, if you’ve lost yours, we are your local bookstore!
Happy Reading!
All of us at AIB

Upcoming Event...

Meet Author and Inspiration, Lori Schneider!

Lori Schneider is an international speaker, accomplished author, teacher of 20 years, Everest and ‘Seven Summits’ mountaineer, adventurer, and advocate for those living with neurological disorders and disabilities. Her story has been translated into more than 20 languages, giving hope and inspiration to people around the globe.
Lori Schneider and her organization, Empowerment Through Adventure, inspire others to take their own leap of faith, scaling life’s mountains and obstacles, and climbing beyond their own preconceived limitations.

Schneider is the author of several books, including More than a Mountain-Our Leap of Faith. In 2011, Schneider led a group of uniquely abled climbers to the top of Africa, on a trip that would challenge the body, mind, and spirit. The Leap of Faith Mount Kilimanjaro expedition paired 14 climbers who had either MS or Parkinson’s disease with 14 companion climbers. As with other expeditions, the summit loomed large in the hopes and dreams of the climbers. In the end, 21 of the 28 Leap of Faith team members would indeed make it to the top. But for all the men and woman on this trip, the climb had a higher purpose: to carry the light of hope and a message of strength to the highest reaches of both our planet and the human spirit. 

Join us on Sunday, November 3rd at 2pm at the Bayfield Heritage Association as we learn more about Lori's journey. We will also be joined by photographer Jeff Rennicke and fellow climber Suz Thompson.

What we're reading...

A Thousand Mornings
by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver was born and grew up in a small Ohio town not far from Lake Huron and her Great Lakes sensibilities have travelled with her to her adopted New England home. Her work grows organically out of the natural world and expresses itself in a quiet and lyrical voice. She is an acute observer of the quotidian life and her apparently simple language, upon further reflection, reveals complex universal themes. Here she ranges from Bob Dylan to Percy, her dog, and from Provincetown to Varanasi – “Foolishness? No, it’s not.”

Burmese Days
by George Orwell

Typically the name George Orwell brings to mind his dystopian novels 1984 and Animal Farm, which together by 2009 had sold more copies than any two books by any other 20th Century author. Those who have delved deeper usually come up with Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, and Down and Out in Paris and London, the account of his deliberately living the low-life in those European cities in the late 20’s. Buried yet deeper is his novel Burmese Days that portrays the dark and sordid life of colonial society in the waning days of the British Raj. Orwell had spent five years (1922-27) as a police officer in the Indian Imperial Police Force in Burma (now Myanmar). One of his postings was Kathar, a backwater village in the up-country teak forest, which provides the setting for the story. His depiction of the malignant culture of the colonial functionaries and their “burra memsahibs” is alternately humorous and horrifying, but always gripping.

At Night We Walk in Circles
by Daniel Alarcon

This one resonates with the feel of latter day Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Set in an unnamed Latin American country (Peru, would do) it follows the deteriorating life of young Nelson. He joins a guerilla theatrical group – Diciembre - led by his revolutionary idol, Henry Nunez, and goes on tour. He becomes progressively entangled with the lives and relationships of his fellow actors during performance after performance of The Idiot President. Eventually the pot boils over and a hidden betrayal fuels a chaotic disintegration of the troupe. A meditation on obsession, identity and fate.

Local Literary and Visual Arts continue to thrive...

We are thrilled to say the the second volume of our region's literary and visual arts journal Aqueous is just as good (if not even a bit better) than the first. Local writers and visual artists have come together to create an amazing gallery on the page. The cover art features Madeline Island resident Madeline Brown. Stunning photographs of fruit that is well past its prime. Madeline finds absolute beauty in what many would consider to be quite ugly.

On the words front, there is a story that became even more important as this issue went to print. Madeline Island resident Ed Hartig submitted a 25 page typed story for this issue. Symphony Cacophony was accepted and will be published in three parts over three volumes. Tragically the Hartigs' house burned down in early September. Ed was a collector of books and words. Everything he had written and read on the Island was now gone. Everything except for these 25 pages he had submitted to Aqueous. It is a well written and thought provoking piece. We encourage you to check it out!

Other artists included in this volume are local poet Rob Ganson, photographer Don Albrecht, our own AIB staff member Thom Rauch, and many others. If you're interested in learning more about Aqueous we do have a few more free copies available at Apostle Islands Booksellers. Visit their website and consider subscribing!

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