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Friday, September 13
5:00pm

Are you ready for an exciting journey? If so, you'll definitely want to check this out! In May of 1999, reporter Julie Buckles and her husband Charly Ray set off on a 1,700 mile canoe adventure from the Sioux River Beach to the Canadian North, where they wintered over. Fourteen years later you can read all about it. Raven Productions is releasing "Paddling to Winter," a humorous and wry account of that year. Bring the family and celebrate with Julie and Charly and their kids. Program will begin at 5:30. Light dinner served afterwards. Stay for the Sweet Papa Dave Band or just to make merry.

Join us at StageNorth in Washburn, for this exciting new book Paddling to Winter, by Julie Buckles! We will have plenty of books for sale at the event!

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Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway

One would like to have never read this book so that it could be read for the first time now. That, of course, cannot be. But, this volume brings a new and fascinating dimension not only to this book, but to Hemingway’s work as a whole. What it brings is not only the classic ending, but something like 47 alternative endings that Hemingway wrote and considered before settling upon his final draft. These were drawn from the Hemingway archive by his grandson, Sean Hemingway, who provides an introduction to the Hemingway Library Edition. It’s a lens into Hemingway’s craft and creative processes and into the evolution of one of great novels of the 20th Century. If you read A Farewell to Arms ten, twenty or fifty years ago, you will enjoy reading it again in the light of this intriguing new material. We still like the original ending!

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The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.
What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce

Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance. Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die. So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband.

This book has been a customer favorite, and a popular book club choice. You may want to consider it for yours!

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Greetings!
“Move fast and break things!”  Thus spake Facebook guru Mark Zuckerberg in his company’s prospectus to potential investors. His call is today’s version of the concept of creative destruction. That is the go-to rationale justifying the sometimes unpleasant consequences of economic “progress."  Notwithstanding its Marxian origins, it has been embraced by neo-conservatives, corporate capitalists and influential free-market academics as fuel for the engine of economic growth and development. The idea is that previous economic orders must be destroyed and reconfigured and existing wealth must be ceaselessly devalued in order to clear the ground for the creation of new wealth.

So, what’s that got to do with books? Well, the book business has been moving fast and been breaking up for the past several years. The fast movement has been coming from the big-box stores, e-reading, and predatorily discounted online sales. The breakage has been in the local, independent bookstore community.  A large number of bookshops have simply closed. Most of those that remain are severely stressed and many are on the verge of failure. The entire industry - from publishers to the corner used-bookstore - is being reconfigured.

There has been much weeping and gnashing of teeth. There have been lawsuits. Apple and five of the six biggest publishers were convicted of conspiring to fix prices in an effort to deal with Amazon pricing practices. France’s Lang Law limits book price discounts to no more than 5% below the publisher’s price and there are similar laws throughout Europe. There was a massive outcry when President Obama went to talk jobs on the floor of an Amazon warehouse.

Many independent bookstores have taken creative measures to stave off the challenges from the superstores and the online menace. Some are expanding their inventories of non-book sidelines. Some are becoming coffee shops with books. Others are trying to engage their customers directly in their survival efforts. Some are seeking donations and others are seeking investments via crowdfunding and sugardaddy investors.

It is clear that buying a book at Costco or online is very different from browsing and choosing in a traditional bookstore. Our goal is to preserve that experience and offer the added value that is becoming unavailable except, perhaps, at the local public library. We are blessed insofar as our clientele comes to us from the four corners of the country and around the world. Many lament the loss of their own local bookshops. We offer to fill that void. We endeavor to maintain a beautiful and welcoming store, a superlative collection, and savvy, helpful staff. At the same time we want people to know that we are able to fill requests online from our website and that we welcome telephone and email orders.

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

What we're reading...


The Sports Gene
by David Epstein

Is it nature or nurture that is the fount of athletic excellence? Epstein, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, opens with the “10,000-hours rule” as the recipe for success as an athlete (or any other performer for that matter). That rule holds that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice is the route to sufficient skill and expertise to achieve stardom in sports. For example, Stefan Holm, under his father’s stern eye, was rigorously trained from age six to be a world-class high jumper. Sure enough, in Athens in 2004 he won the Olympic gold. But wait! In 2006 Donald Thomas, a student from the Bahamas, tried his first high jump. He cleared 6’6’’. In 2007 he met Holm at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Holm dropped out at just under 7’9”. Thomas went on to win at 8”2". Epstein plumbs the depths of sports physiology and psychology to conclude that nature and nurture are so interlaced in any realm of athletic performance that the answer is always: it’s both. Sometimes it’s long, hard work. Sometimes it’s a mutant gene. When they occur together it’s dynamite!

The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellmaria
by Jack Walker

What if? What if there was an Italian American Supreme Court justice who was brought on to the court to advance far right political goals? What if he were placed under the direction of the Vice-President and his Scooter Libby-type political hatchetman?  What if his judicial philosophy then veered dramatically and inexplicably away from his record on the Court of Appeals and toward the political and policy blueprint of the executive branch? And then, what if he were kidnapped and de-programmed by a cadre of respectable and upstanding “patriots” and returned to the court to block the right wing agenda?  Wow! That would make a great story however it turned out! Walker tells it with lawyer-like precision and economy.  Pick this one up when you have time to finish it!


The Power of Latino Leadership
by Juana Bordas

By 2050, one in three Americans will be Hispanic/Latino!  One in three! That will cause a sea change in the socio-economic landscape of our once predominately Anglo land. Ray Suarez of NPR says this book “decodes” this new America and its changing workforce demographics. We agree. Bordas tells this story through the voices of nine diverse and outstanding Latino leaders ranging from Dolores Huerta, a founder of the United Farm Workers, to Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio and a rising, young political star on the national scene. But, most compelling is Ms. Bordas’ own voice and experience. Her birth in the jungles of Northeastern Nicaragua; her arrival in Florida aboard (literally) a banana boat; her early schooling as a non-English-speaking pupil; her assimilation in a sorority at the University of Florida; and, her “re-assimilation” during a Peace Corps stint in the barrios of Santiago, Chile, gives her the chops to plow this heretofore fallow terrain. Her book is intelligent and accessible and her prose has a jaunty elegance sprinkled with the linguistic spices of her native language.

Aqueous... literary arts for the Chequamegon Bay!

Have you heard about the new literary arts magazine making its way around the bay area? Well, a few months ago local artists and writers, Nick Nelson, Marissa Fish and Kristen Sandstrom (both Marissa and Kristen work at AIB!) sat down and talked about this area needing a free outlet for people who want to contribute to and be a part of the local arts scene (especially the literary scene!). After a very late night of discussion and writing poetry on an antique typewriter they came up with this idea. They then recruited local artist Sara Owen to join their team, and weeks later the first issue of Aqueous Magazine came to fruition. This publication has no theme, boundaries or "rules." The only requirement is that what is included be well-written and creative. Photography and other black and white visual art is included as well.
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queous team is focused on keeping the contents of this publication regional. In addition they are proud to be working with a local printer and using 100% recycled paper from Wisconsin. The second volume of Aqueous will be out on September 21st (a new issue on every solstice and equinox!). You can get a free copy from Apostle Islands Booksellers while supplies last. If you'd like a guaranteed copy, you can subscribe for $50 per year. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

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