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



July 2nd through July 6th, 2019

RE-OPENING  -  Tuesday, July 9th, 2019.

Thank you for being a customer. Your business is much appreciated.


Rob Jung

The Reaper

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

1:00 to 3:00 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 $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.




Rob Jung - The ReaperRob Jung

The Reaper

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

1:00 to 3:00 pm


Against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War and the rise of the Third Reich, powerful and dangerous interests compete for possession of The Reaper, a painting by Spanish artist Joan Miro. The painting disappears in 1937 at the end of the Paris Exposition, leaving the art world and law enforcement authorities to speculate about the unsolved mystery.


Seventy-five years later, Magnolia Kanaranzi, estranged mother of struggling artist Hamilton Blethen, learns of the vanished painting and contrives a scheme to atone for casting him aside as a toddler. When she secretly arranges to have him paint a copy of The Reaper, Hamilton is convinced he is being asked to paint a forgery, posing an ethical dilemma for the artist at the same time he is being forced by his love for a woman to come to terms with the pain of being abandoned. The scheme turns violent when it interferes with Magnolia’s rise to the highest levels of social prominence, but a shattered Blethen finds redemption in "The Reaper."


About the author:

A newspaper writer, lifelong student, and lawyer for forty-seven years, Rob Jung has traveled in every continent except Antarctica, and his stories often find their origins in international historical events. Jung is the author of various published non-fiction work and the fiction novel Cloud Warriors, as well as an inventor, gourmet chef, and storyteller, among other things. Yet his best work lies in his three grown children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He now lives the writer’s life with his wife Kathy in St. Paul, Minnesota. To learn more about Rob Jung’s books and events, please visit



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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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