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





It's our 40th Birthday!

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). 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.

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



Coming August 1!

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.

PREORDER for shipment August 1, 2014

Goodnight, Mackinac!

Children's Board Book
Price: $10.95

Goodnight, Mackinac Island!

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


BernidaBernida: A Michigan Sailing Legend
by Gloria Whelan, Al Declercq and Tom Erwin

Originally built in 1921 to race in the ocean, a sailboat named Bernida captures the attention and heart of a Michigan sailor. He buys the boat and brings her to the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit. In 1925 the sailor enters Bernida in the very first Port Huron to Mackinac Island Race.

Price: $16.95

  2015 Seasons of Mackinac Calendar

2015 Seasons of Mackinac Calendar

This calendar, distributed by the Mackinac Island Recreational Development, is available for sale at $10 each. Each month features scenic photographs that correspond to the seasons of the year. Sales of the calendar go to the recreational development fund, which helps develop and maintain recreational programs and facilities on Mackinac island, especially Great Turtle Park.

Price: $10.00

Lilac Festival Poster

2014 Lilac Festival Poster

This year's poster, "St. Anne's at Lilac Time" was painted by Diane Neyer.







Price: $12.95 (includes mailing tube)

Cliff Walk: Poems and Paintings on Mackinac and Beyond
by Melissa Croghan

Croghan's lyrical poems, enhanced by paired paintings of bluff, horse, and atmospherics, capture the 'lost edges' of Mackinac. They remind lovers of the Island of the sources of their reverence and introduce newcomers to the veins of joy that run deep in the Straits.

Price: $19.00


Island of DovesThe Island of Doves
by Kelly O'Connor McNees

Vivid and enthralling, Island of the Doves tells the story of two women in early nineteenth century America—one typical of her time, one extraordinary for it—who transform each other's lives.

Price: $15.00

Murder at Cherokee PointMurder 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


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

We have an treat in store for you: Ice Bridge - Mackinac Island’s Hidden Season, produced by Island couple, Jenny Silvernale and Mark Rensel.  The videography, music and narration on this DVD are the best we’ve seen on an Island documentary thus far.  This is our pick for the best non-book souvenir of the year, and possibly the decade.

Discover what it is like to cross over to Mackinac’s other side, across the ice bridge.  The film highlights the island's wild, mysterious and beautiful winters, and traces the formation of the spectacular phenomenon known as the "Ice Bridge." Distilled from 5 years of extraordinary footage.  If you’d like a preview, visit  Congratulations to Mark and Jenny for a job well done.

Gardens of Mackinac
by Jack Barnwell

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

Price: $18.00

More Than A Body

A new title by Point Nipigon/Mackinac Island resident, Peter Marabel

It's Chicago, the summer of 1992, and Frank Marshall, an investigator for a prominent Michigan Avenue law firm, helps his brother, Tom, out of a deadly fix that resulted from Tom's affair with the blond and beautiful Clare Morgan. Mafia tough guy, Rick Morgan, has vowed to get his wife back, kill Tom Marshall, and find out what happened to one million dollars in cash. Frank agrees to help because he doesn't want to abandon his brother, and he sees a way to settle an old score with Morgan. Ellen Paxton, Frank's longtime partner, is none too happy about either task. From the streets of Chicago's North Side to a deadly confrontation at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, "More Than a Body" is a tense and sexy thriller.

Price: $14.95

Goat's Milk Lilac Hand Soap
by Handmade on Mackinac

Made by local Mackinac Island resident...Smooth and fragrant!

Price: $6.95

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

A Cold Day in Paradise
by Steve Hamilton

In an unprecedented literary event, Steve Hamilton's A Cold Day In Paradise has hit mystery's Double Play, winning the two most prestigious honors in the business-- the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel. Now, open its covers and see for yourself why this extraordinary novel has galvanized the literary and mystery community as no other book before it...

Price: $14.99

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

Love Finds You on Mackinac Island by Melanie Dobson ISBN 9781609366407  $12.99Love Finds You on Mackinac Island Love Finds You on Mackinac Island
by Melanie Dobson

ISBN 9781609366407


Price: $12.99

Historic Mackinac Island Visitors Guide

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


Price: $2.00

Haunts of Mackinac: Ghost Stories, Legends and Tragic Tales of Mackinac Island
by Todd Clemens


Price: $14.95

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

South of Superior
By Ellen Airgood

Price: $12.80



Somewhere in Time
by Richard Matheson

When Richard Collier, a dying screenwriter, becomes infatuated with Elise McKenna, a celebrated actress at the turn of the century, his love proves strong enough to bring him through time to her side.

Price $6.99

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: $19.99


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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