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


Author Sheila O’Connor - Until tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

Reading with Q & A

Saturday, June 23, 2018

4:00 to 5:30 pm


Author Gary Evans - Death by Poison

Reading with Q & A

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

2:00 to 4:00 pm


Author Jim Crigler - Mission of Honor

Reading with Q & A

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Blue Heron Coffeehouse

7:00 pm


Author Kari Van Wakeren - Bubble Wrap Girl

Reading with Q & A

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

11:00 am


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


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.



Author Sheila O’Connor - Until tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

Reading with Q & A

Saturday, June 23, 2018

4:00 to 5:30 pm


“…beautifully rendered through letters between an intrepid 11-year-old and an elderly pacifist. This is sweet story about a girl trying to save her brother from the draft. But it is also a significant historical tale about war, bullies, peace, friendship and family…. The intrigue comes together in an ending that deftly connects the dots and arouses both sympathy and joy for these very fine characters.” — StarTribune


Sheila O’Connor is the author of five novels: Tokens of Grace, Where No Gods Came, Sparrow Road, Keeping Safe the Stars, and mostly recently Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth.


Awards for her novels include the Michigan Prize for Literary Fiction, Minnesota Book Award, International Reading Award, and Midwest Booksellers Award among others.   Her books have been included in Best Books of the Year by Booklist, VOYA, Book Page, Bank Street, and Chicago Public Library.


A multi-genre writer, her short stories, poems, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Sheila O'Connor has been awarded Bush Fellowships (2003. 2009), Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships (2004, 2015),  and a McKnight Fellowship. She has also been the recipient of artist residencies from The Studios of Key West, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Tyrone Guthrie Center, and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. She is an Associate Professor in the MFA program at Hamline University where she serves as Fiction Editor for Water-Stone Review.




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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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