Island Bookstore

Island Bookstore
Mackinac Island, Michigan
(906) 847-6202

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We are open May through October.

On Mackinac Island:

Island Bookstore Main St. Centre
PO Box 1298
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 (906) 847-6202
(November - April:
call 906-847-0229)

Hours: Monday-Sunday
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (in high season)
Close earlier in spring and fall.

In Mackinaw City:

Island Bookstore & Coffee Shop
215 E. Central Ave.
PO Box 1006
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 231-436-2665
(November - April:
call 906-847-0229)
Hours: Monday-Sunday
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (in high season)
Close earlier in spring and fall.


Stay tuned for more booksignings!

Visit our Mackinaw Old Time Portraits in Mackinaw City!

Mackinaw Old Time Portraits





Celebrating Over 40 Years!

As a gift to celebrate our 40th anniversary, we are giving away copies of Memoirs of Elise by David Gurnee with purchases of $100 or more (while supplies last–in store only). Memoirs is the sequel/prequel to Richard Matheson’s novel, Bid Time Return which was the basis of our most famous Mackinac film,
Somewhere in Time.

The Island Bookstore began as a small antiquarian store with a small retail space above Doud's market 40 years ago.Today we have two locations, one on Mackinac Island and the other in Mackinaw City, serving the Straits of Mackinac area.

Our two stores are open from May through October, and you can visit us online all year long.We'll keep you in touch with new Mackinac and Michigan releases that your local shop might not get as excited about as we do. And although we specialize in Mackinac Island and Northern Michigan items, we are a full service book store.

If you can't find what you are looking for, just email us, and we probably have it, or can get it for you.

BUILDING FOR SALE: Island Bookstore/Old Time Portraits Building in Mackinaw City. More information...

Featuring All Books Mackinac!
Enjoy our extensive collection of Mackinac regional books and gifts.
All books Mackinac



NEW FOR 2016!

A Grand Adventure
Written by Mary Jane Barnwell (owner of Island Bookstore)
Illustrated by Lily Porter (Mackinac artist)

While you are reading about Molly and Evan's grand adventure on Mackinac Island, look for the five hidden turtles!

Children's Board Book


Mindful Mackinac
by Mackinac Memories, IIc

An artist's coloring book for all ages. A visual tour of Mackinac Island featuring scenic photos & fun, relaxing designs.

Price: $14.95

The Colors of Mackinac
by Jennifer Powell

View Mackinac through the lens of color. Children will enjoy looking for their favorite colors in beautiful Mackinac photos.

Price: $10.95

Illuminations: The Mackinac Island Coloring Book for Grown-ups
A Denali & Co. Book

Relax, color and immerse yourself in the designs of Mackinac

Price: $12.00

Water Beyond the Bridge
by Sue Allen

Steeped in yearning and illuminated by the shining waters of the Great Lakes, this later-in-life love story gives readers an inside view of Mackinac.

Price: $14.95

Goodnight, Mackinac Island: A Vacation Journal
Written by Mary Jane Barnwell (owner of Island Bookstore)
Illustrated by Lily Porter (Mackinac artist)

Spend a day on the Island with Liam and Ava and visit their favorite places. This is the first Mackinac Island board book for toddlers.

Goodnight, Mackinac!

Children's Board Book
Price: $10.95

Goodnight, Mackinac Island!

Round Island Lighthouse Lenticular Postcard

The Round Island Lightouse is a lenticular postcard that flips between two photos of the lighthouse, one in disrepair and the other restored. On the back of the card is a vintage photo of the light house with an historical description.

Round Island Lighthouse Lenticular Postcard
Price: $3.99



View what happens when the postcard is "tipped!"


All You Need is Fudge by Nancy Coco

The annual yacht race off the coast of Mackinac Island, Michigan, is a highlight of the summer season, and Allie is pulling out all the stops making chocolate centerpieces for the occasion. Unfortunately, she and her bichonpoo, Mal, also pull a dead body from the murky waters of the marina. When Allie's boyfriend's sister becomes the prime suspect, Allie dives into investigating the murder herself. Amid bitter feuds and hushed-up scandals, the courageous candymaker quickly gets in over her head. Someone is trying to fudge the facts to keep a secret worth killing
for. . .

Price: $7.99

Mackinac Triangle by Clint H. Dunshee

Becky Vasquez was a young medic in the US Air Force. While on a humanitarian mission in El Salvador, she and her team are betrayed by one of their own. She accepts a job that she hopes will be routine and stress free on Mackinac Island in northern Lake Huron. But Becky hadn’t counted on meeting dashing young Tim Green, himself running from a checkered past. And neither of them counted on the sudden unexplained disappearances of boats and people in the waters surrounding the area. Will being in danger once more force Becky to take a chance on love once more? When it appears an ancient curse is to blame for the mounting disappearances, Becky and Tim are thrust into a final confrontation with the unknown, all the while learning they can live with love again.

Price: $16.50

Ice Bridge by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

She’ll fall in love again…with a man and the island. Charlotte returns to her Aunt Bess and Mackinac Island, a quaint retreat that welcomes summer tourists and allows no cars to renew herself and write about the island’s ghosts. She’s come to help Bess with her heartache, an ended love with Shaun, and to renew a friendship with neighbor Hannah. In winter Mackinac closes down and everyone looks forward to the ice bridge that freezes across the Straits of Mackinac. Until Hannah disappears into the icy waters crossing it. Everyone says it’s an accident. But Charlotte and her admirer cop friend, Mac, don’t think so. Something isn’t right. Hannah was too smart to go off the path. So it’s murder…but why…how…by whom? In the end, it’s Mac–and perhaps Hannah’s ghost–who saves Charlotte and Bess’s lives when the killer decides they’re too close to the truth and tries to kill them, too.


Price: $17.99


Downtown Mackinac Island
by Steven C. Brisson

Mackinac State Historic Parks maintains the largest archive of historic photos of the Straits of Mackinac. Enjoy these historic photos of the downtown area.


Price: $26.95

Mackinac Island: Inside, Up Close, and Personal
by Dennis O. Cawthorne

Cawthorne's half century of living and working on the famed northern Michigan resort island provides a colorful, entertaining, and comprehensive history of social, economic, and political events which have shaped Mackinac Island in the last 50 years.

Price: $40.00

Somewhere in Time DVD

Classic romantic movie filmed on Mackinac Island and starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. This 20th anniversary DVD includes extended interviews with cast and makers of the film.



Price $24.95


Lilac Festival Poster

2016 Lilac Festival Poster

This year's poster was painted by Noel Skiba.






Price: $12.95 (includes mailing tube)

Murder at Cherokee PointSeasons of Mackinac 2017 Calendar

Add another calendar to your collection. Mackinac Island Recreational Development has chosen another selection of beautiful photographs for this calendar.

Price: $10.00

Let's Explore Mackinac IslandA Place That I Love
by Walter Kitter

A tour driver's perspective on Mackinac Island.

Price: $19.95

We Live on Mackinac Island

Booklet created by the Mackinac Island Public School students as a fund-raiser for the school. They answer many of the common (and sometimes funny) questions they receive as island residents such as "What time does the bridge swing over?"

Price $1.50


Let's Explore Mackinac IslandLet's Explore Mackinac Island
by Ms. Hen

Interesting facts, important history, and places to discover are inside this book.

Price: $9.95

Historic Mackinac Island Visitors Guide

A handy guide with an excellent map for first time visitors.


Price: $2.00

Ice Bridge: Mackinac Island's Hidden Season

DVD made by island filmmaker and composer Mark Rensel and co-producer/narrator Jenifer Silvernale.

Premier edition of a new film, a journey to Mackinac Island's other side...Experience the breathtaking transformation that happens across the ice bridge. Distilled from over five years of extraordinary footage.

Price: $22.95

Devils are HereTallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes
by Denise Brennan-Nelson
Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung

Tallulah turned to Turtle: "These lakes are even more beautiful than you described. I wish I could stay here forever..."

Price: $16.99

Gardens of Mackinac
by Jack Barnwell

Beautiful photos and descriptions of Mackinac gardens created by Barnwell Landscaping.

Price: $18.00

Murder at Cherokee Point

Murder at Cherokee Point
by Peter Marabell

It's summer in Northern Michigan. A wealthy and influential aristocrat is found dead at the secluded and private Cherokee Point Resort Association, north of Harbor Springs. From the quiet streets of Petoskey to the nostalgic ambiance of Mackinac Island, Petoskey lawyer Michael Russo quickly finds himself embroiled in a world of political influence, old money, and what people will do to keep their dirty secrets hidden.

Price: $14.95

Murder at Cherokee PointMurder on Lake Street
by Peter Marabell

“For such a small island, Mackinac sure is a busy place for bad guys.”

Michael Russo’s friend and mentor, Frank Marshall, is the target of an assassination attempt one damp autumn night in Petoskey. The case goes cold fast. The police have no suspects and no leads, so Russo begins his own investigation.

Price: $14.95

Devils are HereDevils are Here
by Peter Marabell

It's summertime in Petoskey, Michigan. Michael Russo investigates the theft of a valuable collection of books from Bannister College, a small , elite Liberal Arts school on the outskirts of town. Another fun Michael Russo novel by a Mackinac Island native.

Price: $15.95

Mackinac Mind Games Vol. 1
by Charles W. Jansen

Word Searches, Crosswords, Trivia, Quotes and Pic Snippets...All Mackinac Island themed!

Price: $7.95

Mackinac Mind Games Vol. 2
by Charles W. Jansen

Word Searches, Crosswords, Trivia, Quotes and Pic Snippets...All Mackinac Island themed!

Price: $7.95

Undefeated: The True Story of How the Family-Owned Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry Service Survived and Advanced through Three Generations
by Jean Beach and Don Steele

Undefeated provides an engaging and thorough picture of how a family owned business developed, overcame challenges, and interacted with the rich context of the northern Michigan tourism industry.



What I Saw on Mackinac: A Counting Book
by Jennifer Powell

What I saw on Mackinac is a delightful new counting book for the emerging reader with just the right amount of rhyming text accompanied by fresh, colorful artwork on every page. A winning combination of learning and fun for a thoughtful remembrance of the Island or perhaps it will inspire a visit to one of Michigan's favorite destinations. Anyone who has a place in their heart for Mackinac Island will want to add this gem to their library. 32 pgs.

Price: $9.95

Breaking for Bodies
by Nancy Coco

Evie Bloomfield puts the pedal to the metal in the latest cycle path mystery from the National Best-selling Author of "Geared fo the Grave."

Price: $7.99

Mackinac Adventures
by Lynda and Steven Hepker

Overview of living on Mackinac Island written by island residents.


Local AuthorsThe Legend of Mackinac Island
by Kathy-jo Warginn
Illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Beautifully illustrated story incorporating Indian legends of Mackinac Island. Retells the story of the great turtle Makinauk that enlists the aid of other animals to help create the special place known as Mackinac Island.

Price: $17.95

Mackinac Island: Three Hundred and Fify Years of History
Robert E. Benjamin

This guide to the history of Mackinac Island will increase any visitor's enjoyment of this beautiful and historic island. This chronological account of the significant events in the island's history is illustrated by fascinating photos both current and historical.

Price: $7.95

Mackinac Island
Images of America

By Tom North




Price: $21.95

To Fudge or Not to Fudge
By Nancy Coco

Price: $7.99




The Pink Pony
by Charles Cutter

In Charles Cutter’s debut novel, The Pink Pony, sailors finishing a well-known race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island celebrate at the local bar, The Pink Pony.


Price: $17.99

Cubbie, The Mackinac Island Bear By Jule Angeli and Heather Meloche

Cubbie. That's me. I don't live on Mackinac Island
anymore, but I used to. Why don't you settle in and I'll tell you
about it...

Price: $22.95


From November through April orders ship weekly. During our Summer Season (May through October) orders normally ship within 24 hours. All orders are shipped by regular mail. Shipping costs in the United States are $2.99 for the first item, $0.50 for each additional item. Orders to Canada are $8.00 for the first item, $0.75 for each additional item. All other international orders are $13.50 for the first item, $1.50 for each additional item. To check the status of your order, email us at: Please include your name and order number in your email.

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