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Author Fest
June 15, 11:00 to 3:00

Author Fest, our annual celebration of Minnesota authors and their books, is a great chance to visit with authors, meet new authors, and purchase signed books.

The event will be at the American Legion, 900 E. 1st St. (Highway 34.)

Check back often as we are continuing to add authors.

Will Weaver will be at Author Fest, but if you’d like to hear him speak at length, check out this podcast of his interview with Zachary Johnson of Northwestern Voices.


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Will Weaver

Power & Light

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Kathy Thompson

Evergreen Home

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Frank Weber

Scandal of Vandals

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Jeff Krogstad

Death on Disappointment Mountain

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Jason Lee Willis

The Alchemist’s Ring

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Niomi Rohn Phillips

The Writer and the Engineer

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Paula Cisewski

Ceremonies for No Repair

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Jack Kraywinkle 

Blue Harvest

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Robert Saxton

Shades of a Warrior

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Jeff Howard

Screw You Van Gogh

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Laura Hansen

Waiting Rooms

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Sue Leaf


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Taiyon J. Coleman

Traveling without Moving

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Northern Waters Smokehaus

Smoke on the Waterfront

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Ashley Shelby

Honeymoons in Temporary Locations

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John Halter

Driving Dad Home

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Jeremy Norton

Trauma Sponges

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Glenn Miller

Doorman Wanted

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Aurora Lothbrok

Mermaid of Lake Superior

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Brenda Massman

Yet, Here We Are

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Andre Solo


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Jackie Stebbens


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Authors appearances are subject to change.

book coverLinda Grover
June 22, noon to 2:00 

Linda GroverWe’re looking forward to welcoming the store’s friend Linda Grover on June 22. We’ll have copies of her latest book, A Song Over MIskwaa Rapids, as well as her earlier books. Come in to chat with one of the loveliest authors you’ll meet.




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book coverLisa Bolt Simons
June 29, noon to 2:00

Lisa Bolt Simons will be signing copies of Boxed Out: A Choose Your Path Basketball Book.

Lisa Bolt SimonsMoving to a new town isn't easy, especially when you're in high school. But at least you have basketball. It's a great way to keep busy and to make new friends—or so you think. Not everyone in this small town is eager to welcome you. No matter how hard you practice, no matter how well you play, you feel like an outsider.

You're the main character in this interactive sports adventure that's two stories in one Play as Isiah, and try to earn your way into the starting lineup. It won't be possible unless you convince the coach and his star player—his son—the importance of teamwork. Then become Imani, and see if you can overcome bullying by a few of your teammates. You'll need to win them over to have a shot at winning the big game.

It's a game within a game. Here's how it works:

  • Become the main character. Make choices that affect what happens.
  • Collect points along the way to upgrade your skills.
  • Utilize your upgrades to win the game at story's end.

Interactive books for kids are more popular than ever. Create your own adventure with the Choose to Win book series for boys and girls. You're the main character. You make the choices. Will you find your way to a championship finish?

book coverMike Doughtery
June 29, noon to 2:00

Lisa Bolt SimonsMike Dougherty will be signing copies of Como Flats. 

Discover a tale of human authenticity told through a sweet-souled alcoholic who means well and sees good in people.

When the residents of Como Flats see Lonnie Klipsen in the same bar, drinking the same beer, telling the same stories, night after night, year after year, they ask themselves, "How can a man with so little lose so much?"

With no close family and no significant other, Lonnie and his longtime roommate, Stan, etch out an obscure corner of Como Flats to live their lives in modest simplicity.

When personal losses hit close to home, Lonnie struggles to process the feelings, cultivate friendships, and search for a place of belonging and love. A colorful cast of characters kaleidoscopes in and out of Lonnie's life, proving the perceived unrequited love of his life wasn't so unrequited after all.

Mike is an attorney is St. Paul and has been selling beer at Twins’ games since he started law school. We’re thinking he’ll have some great stories to tell!

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When it's July—Where’s Waldo?

Shop Local: Find Waldo Here!We’re doing Find Waldo Local again!!!!!!


This is one of Park Rapids’ favorite summer activities—during the month of July, Waldo will be hiding in a number of PR businesses such as retail shops, art galleries, the Chamber of Commerce and the library. Get a Find Waldo passport, find Waldo in participating businesses and get your passport stamped at each business. When you get 10 stamps, you’ll instantly be rewarded with a small prize (while supplies last) and if you get most of the passport stamped, you’ll be eligible to win the GRAND PRIZE which includes a gift from each participating business—spoiler, the gift from us is a BUNCH of Waldo books! Also, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a live Waldo and his sidekick Wenda wandering around town

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Lisa MaliceLisa Malice
July 6, noon to 2:00

Lisa will be with us to visit about her thriller, Lest She Forget, and to sign copies of the book.

After surviving a car crash, Kay Smith wakes from a coma with amnesia, a battered face, and no one to vouch for her identity. Her psychiatrist is convinced that her memory loss is connected to the horrific flashbacks and nightmares haunting her. As she digs for clues to her past, Kay uncovers a shady character following her every inquiry. Who is he? What does he want from her?

As Kay’s probes deepen, she realizes everyone around her has deadly secrets to hide—even her. Emerging memories, guilty suspicions, and a headline-screaming murders push Kay to come out of the shadows and choose: will she perpetuate a horrendous lie, or risk her life to uncover the truth?

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Don CarrDon Carr
July 20, noon to 2:00

William Kent Krueger calls this novel, "...a joyride of a thriller."

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Joe Egan
Joe EganJuly 27, noon to 2:00

Joe Egan will be in the store, signing copies of his books and chatting with readers.

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August—Reading Road Trip

We had so much fun with the Reading Road Trip last summer that we’re doing it again and expanding it to the whole month of August! Grab a friend or members of your book group and visit these five great stores: Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery, Big Pine Books (formerly The Willow), Bluebird Books, Cherry Street Books, and Four Pines Bookstore. Get a passport at your first stop, have it stamped at each store, and it will go in a drawing for a fabulous gift basket of books. Each store will have special activities. Check back for complete details (and our updated logo!)

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Andrew DeYoung
Don CarrAugust 3, noon to 2:00

Andrew DeYoung will be in the store signing copies of The Day He Never Came Home and chatting about writing thrillers. Andrew works as an editor at a children's book publishing company, and he lives with his wife and two children in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. The Day He Never Came Home is his third book.


Photo by Sarah DeYoung.

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Chris Norbury
Don CarrAugust 9, 1:00 to 3:00

Chris Norbury, author of the award-winning Matt Lanier mystery-thriller series and Little Mountain Big Trouble, an adventure novel for middle grade readers, will be in the store!

Come by to chat and pick up a signed book or two.

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William Kent Krueger

August 16, 5:00 to 7:00

William Kent KruegerWilliam Kent Krueger’s new Cork O’Connor book, Spirit Crossing, will be out August 20—but he’s gotten permission from his publisher to visit a few stores, including ours, in northern Minnesota before that date.

We’ll be hosting him in the Event Room (in the former J&B)
1104 Park Ave S Suite 2.

Check back for more information as plans progress.


Photo by Diane Krueger

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Registration Now Open for Fall Reading Retreats!

October 11 to 13 and 25 to 27

book coverOur fall retreats are a chance to get away for a relaxing weekend, talking about books with a great group of women and eating food someone else has prepared, all at a leisurely pace. We’ll all read the same three books around the theme Finding Her Voice. The books will be Gilded Mountain, How to Say Babylon, and The Brightest Star. Gilded Mountain is in the store now. The other two books will be released in paperback in July.

Identical retreats will be held October 11 to 13 and 25 to 27. The second retreat is full, with a waiting list, but there is still space available for the first weekend.

The cost of the retreat will be $395.00. We encourage you to register now with a $100 deposit. (Non-refundable unless we fill your spot.) There is no charge to place your name on the waiting list for the second week-end.

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