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Jewel of the NorthwoodsSpring Retreat
March 30, 10:00 to 4:00

Give yourself the gift of a day apart and join us for our annual Spring Retreat. We’ll be at the Jewel of the Northwoods, the B&B between Hubbard and Menahga, about 15 minutes from Park Rapids. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch and lively conversation.

Our theme will be “Living Outside Ordinary Time,” and we’ll explore this idea by reading and discussing two very different books. The Immortalists follows the lives of four siblings who visit a fortuneteller and learn the date each of them will die. Orphan Island is a middle grade book about nine children who live on a mysterious island.



The cost of the retreat is $45, plus books. Registration materials are available at the store or by email. Contact us at 218-237-2665 or

And looking even further ahead, our fall retreat will be October 25 to 27. Theme and books will be announced later in the year.

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Chili Challenge

March 6, 11:00 to 1:00

“Doggone Good Chili” will be our entry in the annual Chili Challenge, an event sponsored by the Park Rapids Enterprise to benefit the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Join us at the American Legion, 11:00 to 1:00 on Wednesday, March 6. Each “dollop” of chili will be $1, and you’ll be helping a great cause! Our chili recipe, renamed to honor Tripod, will be vegetarian, since March 6 is Ash Wednesday. The store will be open during the Chili Challenge.

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Nickolas Butler
June 1, 5:00 pm at Bella Caffé

We’re thrilled to be hosting an event with Nick Butler in June! Nick’s previous novels, Shotgun Lovesongs and The Hearts of Men, were favorites of staff and customers alike, and we know you’ll love his latest book, too. Little Faith is the story of Lyle and Peg Hovde, who live a quiet life in rural Wisconsin. Years earlier, their infant son died, creating a quiet crisis of faith for Lyle. Life went on, and soon he and Peg adopted a daughter, Shiloh, who left home as soon as she could. She’s back now, with a five year old son, Isaac. Lyle and Peg dote on the boy and have settled into a comfortable routine with him and his mother.However, Shiloh becomes infatuated with the leader of an almost cultish church in nearby La Crosse. Her parents worry about her, and particularly about Isaac, whom they think Shiloh’s boyfriend is using for his own purposes. The book is beautifully written and the characters dealing with issues of faith, doubt, and family seem like people you might know.

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This event will be next door, in the atrium at Bella Caffé. Join us as we welcome Nick to Park Rapids and hear about Little Faith.

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Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen
June 29, 1:00

Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen will be at the store with their new book, The Lost Forest. The picture book tells the story of a lucky surveying error that preserved 144 acres of old-growth red and white pine in northern Minnesota. With gentle humor, Phyllis Root takes readers deep into a stand of virgin pine, one of the last and largest in the state, where U.S. history and natural history meet. With the help of Betsy Bowen’s finely observed and beautiful illustrations, she shows us all the life that can be found in the Lost Forest. We’ll also have other books by Root and Bowen.

Our Lake LodgeAutumn Retreat
October 25 to 27

Looking ahead, our fall retreat will be October 25 to 27.

The theme and books will be announced later in the year.

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January 18 and 19, 2020

Looking even further ahead...

...our annual event is so popular we've already started to plan for next year!

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About our Book Signing Policy

We sponsor a robust schedule of events—this summer alone, we’ve brought over 50 authors to Park Rapids. This is possible only because of the purchases of our customers. For that reason, we ask that only books purchased from us be presented for signing at events. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.

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