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
Photo of Paperbacks and Pieces bookstore

Calendar of EventsFOR SALE: Established Hometown Bookstore


Dear Friends of Paperbacks and Pieces:

Hello to all! This is a challenging time, and we are adapting our services so that we can best support our community and be available to people who are reducing outside contact.


With respect to our Governor's executive order and to our community, Paperbacks and Pieces are following orders to be a part of the education of keeping non-essential businesses closed until at LEAST April 10th.


Please leave a message 507-452-5580, email, text to 507-468-8769, or facebook message the bookstore for book inquiries and/or orders. The messages will be checked daily.


Books will be pulled/ordered for you and delivered to your car or home.


Paperbacks and Pieces has partnered with for audiobook purchases via this link This is our new and preferred subscription audio book service.


By choosing over other audiobook services, you support a local bookstore of your choice—and invest in your local community. We offer over 100,000 audiobooks via our premium platform (which we built with love from scratch) and give you bookseller recommendations for great audiobooks.


There is a book cart on the front entrance landing at the bookstore offering FREE books for those who are stopping by or needing extra books. This table will be refreshed daily and contain a variety of genres. Please be kind and courteous.


All future events have been postponed at this time.

We are a community store and we care about our customers!


With well wishes, see you on the other end of this,




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 $64,900


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.





Author Sheila O'Connor - Evidence of VAuthor Sheila O'Connor

Evidence of V

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

VENUE: Winona County Historical Society, 160 Johnson Street, Winona, MN


In an ambitious blend of fact and fiction, including family secrets, documents from the era, and a thin, fragmentary case file unsealed by the court, novelist Sheila O'Connor tells the riveting story of V, a talented fifteen-year-old singer in 1930s Minneapolis who aspires to be a star. Drawing on the little-known American practice of incarcerating adolescent girls for "immorality" in the first half of the twentieth century, O'Connor follows young V from her early work as a nightclub entertainer to her subsequent six-year state school sentence for an unplanned pregnancy.



Drag Story HourDrag Story Hour

Fun-filled LGBTQ presentation and celebration

Saturday, April 4, 2020

10:30 am to 12:30 pm


Drag Story Hour is a free event for children as well as adults featuring activities and reading aloud.



Independent Bookstore DayIndependent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

10:00 am to 5:30 pm


Have you hugged your Independents lately?



Join the party!


Schedule of events: (subject to change without notice)


  • Live music by Amanda Grace 10:00 to 11:30
  • Infuzn Foods 12:00 to 3:00 (Indian inspired foods with a global twist)
  • Pampered Chef with Beth 12:00 to 2:00
  • Author Gary Evans 12:00 to 2:00
  • Live music by Michelle Wiltgen 2:00 to 3:00
  • Chair massage with Sacred Space 12:00 to 3:00
  • Readings with authors Maureen Aitken, Beth Oness & Chad Oness 4:00 to 5:30


PLUS: Free coloring, bookmark making, puzzle building, and May day basket making.

PLUS: Exclusive Independent Bookstore Day swag! Exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.



Author William Kent Krueger - This Tender LandAuthor William Kent Krueger

Release party for his newest book: This Tender Land

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota.


He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He’s been married for over 40 years to a marvelous woman who is a retired attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.


Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota.


His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers.


Ordinary Grace, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year.


The companion novel, This Tender Land, is scheduled for paperback publication on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.


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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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