Island Bookstore

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

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We are open May through October.

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.


Visit our Mackinac Island Old Time Photography shops!

(Two island locations: across from Horn's Bar and Horse Corral mall. )

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 over 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



Lilac Festival Poster

2019 Lilac Festival Poster

Old Time Bike & Lilacs
Jimmy Taylor

Price: $12.95 (includes mailing tube)

Seasons of Mackinac CalendarSeasons of Mackinac 2020 Calendar

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

Price: $10.00

NEW in 2019!
Gardens of Mackinac

by Jack Barnwell

An insider's view into Mackinac's gardens.

Mackinac Island: For many, the name itself draws up visions of horses, Victorian cottages and streets without automobiles. However, any memorable imagery of the island is incomplete without an understanding of the magic at its heart: the gardens. Mackinac's rock-strewn soil grows some of the most spectacular gardens in the world. The story of the unique botanical harmony at play is told within the pages of "The Gardens of Mackinac Island."

Price: $50.00

Mackinac: Our Famous Island DVD

As seen on Public TV

Price: $18.95

Mackinac: Our Famous Island

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

Triple the Fun
Written by Victoria Buursma
Illustrated by Natalia Wohletz
Mackinac Memories, Inc.


100 Things to do on Mackinac Island Before You Die
by Kath Usitalo

The perfect book to read to plan activities you will want to do when you get to Mackinac Island!

Price $16.00

Thoreau at Mackinac: Selected Writings of Henry David Thoreau with poetry and prose from Mackinac Island
Mackinac Arts Council

To celebrate Thoreau's bicentennial and commemorate his 1861 visit to Mackinac with Horace Mann, Jr., the Mackinac Arts Council invited entries of music, writing, and visual art for a concert, gallery exhibit and the publication of this volume.

Good night, Mackinac Bridge by Emily Havlena and Kate Dupre

The book will be a fine addition to your favorite toddler’s library, and a wonderful remembrance of a visit to our magnificent Straits area.



Board Book
Price: $10.95


Secrets of the Island by Linda Hughes

You think you know your heritage? Think again. Deep, dark secrets lurk below the surface of every family tree, as the Sullivan clan discovers in this story about living in the aftermath of generations of deceit. When Red Cross nurse Harriet escapes the trauma of WWII and sequesters herself in her grandfather's cottage on Mackinac Island, she has no inkling about her heritage. But as one shocking clue after another surfaces

Price: $18.95

Let's Explore Mackinac IslandMackinac Island Cottage Cookbook
by Marcia Dunnigan & Barbara Toms
Artwork by Sharon Griffes Tarr


A fun cookbook from Island cottagers!



Price: $29.99

Mackinac Island: Its History in Pictures
by Eugene T. Petersen

Mackinac State Historic Parks recently reprinted this classic historical book about Mackinac.

It is a fascinating history of Mackinac Island is captured in 360 historic photographs and drawings.

Price: $18.00

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

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

An Introduction to Gardens of Mackinac
by Jack Barnwell

Introduction to the beautiful Mackinac gardens created by Barnwell Landscaping.

Price: $18.00

View more images from book on the Mackinac Island non-fiction page.

Let's Explore Mackinac IslandInside Grand Hotel: A Timeless American Treasure(DVD)

Enjoy this fascinating history of Grand Hotel featured on public TV!




Price: $19.95

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

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

My Heart Belongs to Mackinac Island
by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel.

Price: $12.99

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!"


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: $18.99


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

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


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

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

Mackinac Mind Games Vol. 2
by Charles W. Jansen

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

Price: $7.95

Mackinac Adventures
by Lynda and Steven Hepker

Overview of living on Mackinac Island written by island residents.


Murder at Cherokee Point

The Final Act of Conrad North
by Peter Marabell

"Conrad North is murderer." the caller said. People are dead because of him.
Second chances don't come easily or often. Michael Russo understands the risks because it's his chance to clear his conscience and put a murderer behind bars.

Price: $15.95

Murder at Cherokee PointDeath Lease
by Peter Marabell

In 1922, Augustus Sanderson hired Charles W. Caskey, architect of Grand Hotel, to build a “majestic cottage” high on the East Bluff of Mackinac Island.

Camille was stunned to learn that her name had been removed from the state park lease. She hired private private investigator Michael Russo to learn what happened.

Price: $15.95

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



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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