First Editions - Rare - Collectibles
Signed - Used - Paperbacks
Coffee - Tea - Cocoa



Although we are primarily a used bookstore, we carry new books by locally connected authors with whom we have held events, as you can see below. We also carry some carefully selected new books that are about Southwestern Michigan or are of special interest.

May 5  Black River Books will donate at least 20% of the day's sales to We Care.



Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award Finalist for her book of Short Stories, "American Salvage," and author of the acclaimed "Once Upon a River," was at Black River Books during WOW in November of 2015 with her newest book of short stories, "Mothers Tell Your Daughters." We have copies of all three of these books.

Loreen Niewenhuis Visits BRB & WOW

Loreen returned to Black River Books with her third and final book of the Great Lakes Trilogy in May and presented at the Maritime Museum in November for WOW Weekend. We have signed copies of all three of her 1000-mile trek books.     



Signed Copies of Both Vintage View Books

Vintage Views Along Scenic M-22 including Sleeping Bear Dunes

Christine Byron & Thomas Wilson, historians from Grand Rapids, have been at Black River Books twice before for signings of their popular "Vintage Views Along the West Michigan Pike." They have presented at the South Haven Library and at the South Haven Historical Association. They returned to Black River Books in July with their newest book - the same great quality as the first "Vintage Views," illustrated with old post cards, maps, brochures and photographs. They visit frequently to replenish the stock of their posters, drawn from the book. Either of their books or the posters make great gifts for someone else or for yourself!








Laurie Keller's Newest Arnie Book is at BRB 


The Spiny Icky Showdown

Laurie has been at Black River Books a couple of times for signings of her delightful children's books. Very few children's authors do their own illustrations as Laurie does. Her newest Arnie the Doughnut book came out in November. I have had children asking and waiting for this book. We had hoped to have Laurie here for a signing, but her schedule was just too full. We hope to have her visit us for a signing this Spring or Summer.

Wendy Halperin and John Mooy  - Local Artists  Their Books Make Great Gifts! 

We always carry signed copies.

Wendy Halperin and John Mooy keep us supplied with signed copies of their popular books.

Wendy's New Site  

Wendy's "Peace" includes her art work as well as that of children. Wendy travels the country, visits schools and decorates Peace Tables with her art.



Here are South Haven’s Own, Wendy & John, at Black River Books with John telling stories and Wendy illustrating them as John speaks. We always carry their books, and they are always kind enough to sign them. John is a frequent visitor at Black River Books where he stops in for a cup of coffee and some conversation and stories, to share either with us or with our guests.


Judith Pearson has a love for history and great respect for courageous women. "The Wolves at the Door" is a history of one very courageous woman. Judy is another! Movie rights have been purchased for the book, "The Wolves at the Door." Judy and her husband lived in South Haven for years, but this past summer they moved to Arizona. I will continue to carry her book and have her sign copies, because it's that good.

What Others Are Saying About Us


A visit to our store by a retired librarian on a mission, resulted in a fabulous article on her blog. This story on ReddEverywhere by M. Redd really summarizes who we are.

Customer Comments

“We come every year, love it here!”
- Battle Creek, MI

"This is a great store, even by Boston standards!.”
- Boston, MA -Soon moving to Kalamazoo

“Really enjoyed your store!!”
- Franklin, IN
“Wonderful independent bookstore”
- YIpsilanti, MN
“Beautiful store!"
- Bucaramanaga, Santander, Colombia
“Great Farm Section!”
- Three Rivers, MI
 "Love this store.”
- Dexter, MI
“One of the best I have been in – Awesome store”
- South Bend, IN
“I LOVE  this Bookstore!"
- Spokane, WA
“Great selection of dramas!”
- Parchment, MI
- Chicago, IL
“My first friend in South Haven!  Thank you for a friendly smile.”
- New South Haven resident
"We drove up today just to come to Black River Books to get a good book and found seven!"
- Granger, IN
"The best biography section ever"
- Dubuque, IA