Paperbacks and Pieces

429 Mankato Ave.

Winona, MN   55987

(507) 452-5580

Paperbacks and Pieces

Winona’s oldest and largest bookstore since 1977

Over 35,000 titles


Used and new books

Gifts, candles and cards

photo of old book

Calendar of EventsFOR SALE: Established Hometown Bookstore


Meet and Greet with Chris Meyer

Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2018

10:00 am to 11:00 am


Speaker-Author-Performer Lisa David Olson

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2018

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Author Shannon Gibney - “Dream Country”

Reading with Q & A

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Laureate’s Writer Series

First Tuesday of every month at 7 pm

Location: Blue Heron Coffee House, 162 West 2nd St. Winona, MN



Paperbacks and Pieces Bookstore, Winona's oldest and largest bookstore since 1977, is available for purchase.


Some highlights:

  • FORTY years in business.
  • 4,000+ customer base
  • Price is $74,900


Inventory including but not limited to:

  • 35,000+ books (new and used)
  • Bookmarks, candles, book lights, bags, greeting cards
  • Racks, spinners, counters, bookshelves, baskets, furniture, tables, counters, kids play area with tons of toys, seasonal items including decorations, computers (2)
  • Bookstore software
  • Bookstore jingle
  • Safe and community focused gathering place
  • ......and SO much more.
  • Bookstore only. Sale does not include the building.


If you have a serious interest in purchasing this hometown community bookstore,

please send an email to with "Bookstore Purchase" on the subject line.


We are still operating BUSINESS AS USUAL.


Answers to FAQ's:


  • Yes, it is true, your local community bookstore Paperbacks and Pieces is for sale.
  • Shelley is fine and is very excited and looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life.
  • It has been 20 years (Shelley owned) and 40 years in business.
  • Now is the perfect time to own an indie bookstore. CBS recently reported that there is a big boom in independent bookstore sales and services and indie bookstores are making a huge comeback.
  • All the pieces are in place and ready for the next owner(s) to take it to the next level.



Meet and Greet with Chris MeyerMeet and Greet with Chris Meyer

Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2018

10:00 am to 11:00 am


Meet Chris Meyer candidate for District 1 Winona County Commissioner. This is not a fund raiser. Bring questions and talk to the candidate. You can stop by for just a few minutes to chat.




Speaker-Author-Performer Lisa David OlsonSpeaker-Author-Performer Lisa David Olson

“Laughs On Wry, An Improviser’s Memoir”

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2018

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Speaker-Author-Performer Lisa David Olson will be reading from her new book "Laughs On Wry, An Improviser's Memoir" followed by a Q&A.


Lisa David Olson has been writing and performing comedy and song parodies since 1999. She is an improvisation coach, embarrassing mom, prankster, speaker and author. She teaches creative workshops for businesses and groups who are craving to see life from a different angle.


Lisa runs the award-winning comedy troupe Heart of La Crosse and has written a book called "Laughs On Wry; an improviser's memoir" which is full of short stories, life-thoughts and her own photo project in bravery called "Selfies with Strangers". Connect with Lisa David Olson on Facebook!


Books will be for sale, and a portion of sales is donated to the Family and Children's Center Healthy Families Program in La Crosse.



Author Shannon Gibney - “Dream Country”Author Shannon Gibney - “Dream Country”

Reading with Q & A

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Minneapolis author Shannon Gibney brings her new young adult novel, Dream Country, to Paperbacks and Pieces in Winona. Dream Country is the heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom.



Shannon Gibney is an author and university professor. Her novel See No Color, drawn from her life as a trans-racial adoptee, won the Minnesota Book Award and was hailed by Kirkus as “an exceptionally accomplished debut” and by Publishers Weekly as “an unflinching look at the complexities of racial identity.” Her essay “Fear of a Black Mother” appears in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth. She lives with her two Liberian-American children in Minneapolis, Minnesota. and email


“Dream Country" is a gift of storytelling, of culture, and of understanding for an America that needs this book desperately. Through stories woven of manhood and humanity, of growing up and growing into oneself, Gibney shows us how the worlds between us grow wider even as our world grows smaller.

 —Kao Kalia Yang, award winning author of The Latehomecomer


Shannon will also be speaking at Winona State University as a contributor to this important book: A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota


Use this link to find out more about this event:



A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota will also be available for purchase at Paperbacks and Pieces.




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In short, trade credit reduces your out-of-pocket cost on new and gently-read books.



That’s easy! Simply bring in your gently-read books (limit 1 grocery bag per day, please). Once we have inspected them for quality and quantity limits, you will receive 20% of the cover price in trade credit.



Please use the following examples for easy reference to pricing:



  • Example Cover Price:  $8.00
  • Less 50% (standard):  $4.00
  • Less 25% trade credit:  $2.00
  • Your out-of-pocket cost only:  $2.00 (plus tax)



  • Example Cover Price:  $8.00
  • Less 25% trade credit:  $2.00
  • Your out-of-pocket cost only:  $6.00 (plus tax)


(Some restrictions may apply. Trade credit has no cash value.

Trade credit expires if inactive for one full year.)



  • Fiction hardcover with three exceptions: Children's books, large print and fiction hardcover that was purchased from us.
  • Textbooks
  • Books with highlighting, underlining, torn, broken, water damaged or in poor condition.
  • Harlequin & Silhouette novellas without an inside barcode.
  • We reserve the right to refuse any book.




  1. There are over 35,000 titles to browse through in a bright and clean environment.
  2. Used books are already discounted by 50% or more - BIGGER discounts with trade credit.
  3. Most new books discounted 20% for your registered book club or take 25% off with your trade credit.
  4. Titles are separated by genre and alphabetized for your convenience.
  5. Looking for a new or used book? Give us the title and we will call you when it arrives!
  6. No title is too old, no reader is too young.
  7. Found a new author? Want to read them all? We are the place.
  8. We host great events, such as author appearances and contests.
  9. We track your trade credit for you.
  10. We recycle, recycle, recycle.
  11. Oops, just want to say that WE LOVE BOOKS.




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