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Lorna Landvik
June 17

Lorna Landvik was with us at Bella Caffé for a reading from her latest book, Once Upon a Blue Moon Lodge, and book signing. The new book is a sequel to Patty June’s House of Curl, and we’ll have that book as well. Join us for the fun!

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Author Fest!

June 10

Author Fest, our annual celebration of Minnesota writers, was held at the American Legion. It was a great time to meet authors, hear some of them read, and purchase signed copies of their books.

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Douglas Wood

Deep Woods Wild Waters:  A Memoir

Old Turtle: Questions of the Heart: From the Lessons of Old Turtle #2

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Lucie Amundsen

Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm—From Scratch 

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Kao Kalia Yang

The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father

The winner of a Minnesota Book Award!

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Andrew DeYoung

The EXO Project
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Barb Schtlichting

If Words Could Kill: A First Ladies Mystery

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Barry Babcock

Teachers in the Forest  

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Betsy Nelson

Tasting Minnesota

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Bill Durbin

Dead Man’s Rapids

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Charlie Quimby


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Cheryl Wilke

At the Cabin

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Christopher Valen

The Darkness Hunter: A John Santana Novel

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Dana Chase

In Spite of Heroin

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Donna Salli

A Notion of Pelicans

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Bob Erickson

Alaska 2!
Erickson's Outdoor Adventures

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Jacob Appel

Topless Widow of Herkimer Street
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Josh Merchant

Murray the Mailmonkey

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Jeff Falkingham

Sherlock Holmes: In Search of the Source
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Kathleen Novak

Do Not Find Me

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Kiersten Hall

Corner Confessions

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Kimberlee Bastien

The Breedling and the City in the Garden

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Michael Meuers

Road to Ponemah

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Midge Bubany

Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em Dead

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Nora Murphy

White Birch, Red Hawthorn: A Memoir

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Patricia Linson

A Boy Called Allis

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Rebecca Kanner


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Julien Bradley

Beneath the Bedrock

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Bob Guelker

Let Go, Let the River

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Julie Kramer

Delivering Death

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Cynthia Frank-Stupnik

Scruples and Drams


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Melissa Savage


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Barb Renner

Lonnie the Loon

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Joe Kimball

Secrets of the Congdon Mansion

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Ames Sheldon

Eleanor’s Wars

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Steven Bell

Keeping the Doors Open


Independent Bookstore Day logoThe hometown launch of Amy Thielen’s new book!

May 27

We hosted the hometown launch of Amy Thielen’s new book
Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir
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There was standing room only—so Amy hopped on a chair for a reading.

Children's Book Week
Children’s Book Week
May 1 to 7

The Park Rapids Library and Beagle and Wolf teamed up this year to celebrate Children’s Book Week! We had all picture books—hardcover, paperback, and used—on sale for 20% off. The Library hosted Storytime Friday morning. Read more about the importance of fostering a love of reading in young children.

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April 29

We LOVE the last Saturday in April—it’s a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. Our celebration included live music from Debbie Center, kids making slime with Dr. Bob, book signings by Michael Meuers (Road to Ponemah) and Barry Babcock (Teachers in the Forest), exclusive merchandise, door prizes, free coffee with purchase of a  Beagle and Wolf mug, handmade by a local artist, birthday cake (we’re celebrating 2 years as Beagle and Wolf), a free book with every purchase, and free audiobooks!

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April 27

This is an annual celebration of early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. Park Rapids businesses hosted special activities for young children throughout the week of April 24 to 28. We hosted an interactive storytime based on the new children’s book The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors.

Taking the show on the road!

April 22
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We were a vendor at the 16th annual United for Children Conference in Park Rapids. We’ll have the latest in games, toys, and books for young children. More information about the event. And do let us know if you’re interested in us coming to your event. We also visit book groups to do customized book talks.

Jewel of the NorthwoodsSpring Reading Retreat
April 1

The Jewel of the Northwoods is the home of our retreats where we discuss books, eat great food, and relax with new and old friends. This retreat explored the ways women and girls have overcome obstacles with two books as a jumping off point for conversation.


bookThe Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill, is a young adult book and the winner of this year’s Newbery prize. It’s the story of a young girl raised by a bookwitch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon who must unlock the dangerous magic buried deep inside. It’s a book which is impossible to put down!

Our second book was Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. The story, which is set in England, takes place on March 30, 1924, although it does flash forward. It’s been called a feminist Cinderella story, set just after the Downton Abbey era.

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Annual Chili Challenge!

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Organizations from all over town served up chili as a fundraiser for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Jen and Bob (who volunteers at the Food Shelf) served our concoction, “Extremely Mild & Incredibly Meatless.” A tip of the hat to Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close! Our recipe came from Simple Vegetarian Pleasures.

Night In

Our annual event for book group members and others who love to read was last week-end—what a great evening! It was so fun to gather mid-winter and share our love of reading and books with you!

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The books we recommended are:
The Tumbling Turner Sisters
A Doubter’s Almanac
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
The Hogarth Shakespeare Series
The Good Negress
Inheriting Edith
Books by Allen Eskens
The Muralist
Orbiting Jupiter
The Yid
Light of the World
The Last Bookaneer
Voices in the Stones
The Guest Room
The Good Liar
Winter Journey
City of Thorns
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
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