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Small Business Saturday!
Small Business Saturday
November 25

Small Business Saturday is a time to support your local community by patronizing local business and shopping small. At Beagle and Wolf, we rolled out the blue carpet
with Indies First totes, a free book with any purchase (as long as supplies lasted),
and refreshments. Two authors were in the store:

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Elisa signed A Hundred Miles to Nowhere, and she sang and played the guitar. Her book is a memoir which relates what happened when she moved from New York City to rural Minnesota for love, and found there's more to life than music.

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Sarah Seidelmann

Sarah signed Swimming with Elephants, the eccentric, sometimes poignant, and occasionally hilarious experience of a working mother undergoing a bewildering vocational shift from physician to shamanic healer.

Yuletide in Park RapidsYuletide Sampler
November 24 

The holiday season begins in Park Rapids on November 24! We offered a 20% discount on any in-store book listed in our holiday catalog, as well as
Sally with Jill and Deane Johnsonhot apple cider and Christmas cookies.

Yuletide in Park Rapids
The highlight of the day was a signing with Jill and Deane Johnson. The traditional Yuletide Sampler was a smorgasbord visiters enjoyed by stopping in at downtown businesses for nibbles. Our downtown took on a Norman Rockwell appearance with singing, lighting of the Christmas tree on Main, and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Our annual Fall Reading Retreat

October 27 to 29

Eight interesting womenOne comfy lodge + three stimulating books + eight interesting women = a great week-end retreat!

Our annual retreat was the last week-end in October, with the theme Kaleidoscope: Exploring the World through Different Lenses.

Each of our books provided a different perspective:




The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian, The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Shoptoberfest logoShoptoberfest in downtown Park Rapids
October 13 to 15

Many stores had sales or special offers. We’ll had a drawing for two books:

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book coverRobert Downes
October 9

Robert Downes presented a program at the store, "Life Among the Ojibwe, 400 Years Ago.”

The presentation included: 

  • What we could learn from the example of the Ojibwe to better our own society. 
  • The devastating “Lost Century” of the 1500s and what it meant to Native peoples.
  • The roles of Native men, women, the family and the clan.
  • Life through the seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
  • The importance of storytelling: myths, monsters and supernatural beings.
  • The migration of the Ojibwe and its impact on other tribes.
  • A Q&A session at the end.

Following the program, Bob will sign copies of his new book, Windigo Moon.


Dale Mulfinger
October 7

Dale Mulfinger was in the store to sign copies of his latest book, The Family Cabin. Dale designed many cabins in the area.

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Little Minnesota in World War II
at Beagle and Wolf!

September 23

Jill and Deane Johnsons’ latest book tells the stories of 140 Minnesota men who died in World War II. The men all came from the tiny towns featured in the Johnsons’ first book, Little Minnesota. The stories, which are accompanied by photographs, letters, and family recollections, are both inspiring and nostalgic.

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September 16

Jess gave a free, one-hour novel-writing workshop followed by a signing ofRewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction,a part-memoir, part-self-help, part-writing book that shows you how to turn your most vivid life experiences into a novel, and March of Crime, the 11th in her Murder-by-Month mysteries.

See Lourey's TEDx Talk based on Rewrite Your Life.

William Kent Krueger
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September 2

William Kent Krueger was in the store to sign copies
of the latest Cork O’Connor mystery, Sulfur Springs.


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Bob Guelker and Duane Lindberg
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Local author Bob Guelker signed copies of his latest book, Stone Creek,

and Duane Lindberg signed copies of The Kingdom of the Rings.

Penguin Random House2nd Annual Lit Bit with Jason Gobble

August 12

Like tracking physical health with fit bit, Lit Bit helps keep reading life healthy. Jason Gobble, our Penguin Random House rep, shared great titles for summer reading in this after hours event. It was a laid back evening with fellow book lovers.

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August 9

We had a great time when Elisa Korenne came to sign copies of A Hundred Miles to Nowhere! So we invited her back to discuss the book with anyone who’s read it—or is thinking of reading it.

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August 5

Eric Dregni told us about his latest book, You’re Sending Me Where? Dispatches from Summer Camp! 

Leaves  of Grass--Illuminated
Leaves of Grass

August 4

Beagle and Wolf and the Park Rapids library co-sponsored Patrick Scully’s one-man show about Walt Whitman, America’s great (and radical) poet.

Minnesota State Art Board and Clean Water and & Legacy AmendmentThis activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Shop Local: Find Waldo Here!
Waldo could be found all over Park Rapids in July.

WaldoGrand Prize Party, July 31

Sponsored by Beagle and Wolf, businesses in our community came together to host a community wide Shop Local scavenger hunt. Passports were handed out at the participating businesses, each of them hiding a Waldo. There were lots of prizes, and a Grand Prize awarded in a party at Beagle and Wolf on July 31.

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July 29

Amy Thielen came back to sign her books Give a Girl a Knife and The New Midwestern

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July 22

One of our favorite children’s books is North Woods Girl, the story of a young girl with a grandmother who introduces her to the wonders of the natural world. Author Aimee Bissonette was in the store, signing copies of the book.

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July 22

Frank Weber was in the store to sign copies of Murder Book. (Murder book is a term for a cold case where a homicide is suspected.)

Jon Frederick spent his adolescence protecting his mentally ill brother and worrying about his parents' farm as it headed toward bankruptcy. So when Mandy Baker, the alluring new girl in town, pursued him, he was easily enamored. But on the day he ended their relationship, Mandy vanished. There is no doubt in the small Minnesota town of Pierz that the flirtatious girl is dead, and there is little doubt that Jon got away with murder. A decade later, Jon is made an investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. While investigating a case near his hometown, he quietly reopens the murder book on Mandy Baker and begins to see commonalities between Mandy's disappearance and his new case. As the investigation intensifies, Jon realizes he has crossed paths with the killer before.

Frank Weber is a forensic psychologist.

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Elisa Korenne
July 15

Singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne gave a book talk, sang and played her guitar, and signed copies of Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story. The book recounts what what happened when she moved from New York City to rural Minnesota for love, and found there's more to life than music.

Pecan Pie

The 11th Annual July 4 Pie Baking Contest and Auction

We annually support the Park Rapids Library with pie!


Double Crust
Single Crust
Custard or Cream
Juvenile (any pie by an 8-12 year old)

Prizes are provided by the Friends of the Library.


book coverKeith Lesmeister
July 1

Keith Lesmeister read from We Could’ve Been Happy Here, followed by a signing. In this collection of short fiction, he plows out a distinctive vision of the contemporary Midwest. These stories peer into the lives of those at the margins-the broken, the resigned, the misunderstood. Hopeful and humorous, tender and tragic, these stories illuminate how we are shaped and buoyed by our intimate connections.

book coverTim Jollymore
June 24

Tim Jollymore was in the store, signing copies of his latest book, Lake Stories and Other Tales. This volume includes short stories, a travel memoir, seven short poems, and an essay. The book is full of the humor, pathos, and wisdom of the common man. The entertaining writing will tickle your funny bone as well as touch your heart and mind with warmth and sharp delight. Copies of Tim’s earlier books were available as well.

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Jen with Lorna LandvikLorna 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
! at the Nemeth Art Center.
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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