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We’re keeping our fingers crossed, hoping we’ll be able to have these events (and more) this summer. It’s all dependent on the pandemic and public health recommendations at the time of each event. Check before coming to any event listed.

On August 12, 1:00 to 3:00 we’ll have a triple header!

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Minnesotan Chris Norbury is the award-winning author of the suspense-thriller Matt Lanier series.

The books feature Matt Lanier, a southern Minnesota farm-kid-turned-professional-musician whose comfortable middle-class world is turned upside down by a conspiracy of powerful, ambitious, violent men.

Lanier¬†used to be a world-class musician. Now he’s a homeless fugitive suffering from PTSD and wrongly accused of murdering a cop. He survives by playing guitar on the streets of Minneapolis for spare change. The first two books in the series will also be coverbook cover


book coverJason Lee Willis

Empires rise and fall, but the stars remain the same.

Jason Lee WillisRenowned French astronomer and expert on Halley's Comet Joseph Nicollet is shown a bizarre map by a Scottish noblewoman who believes it tells the location of the Philosopher's Stone. When the noblewoman is murdered and the map is stolen, Nicollet embarks on a dangerous quest to discover the truth behind the ancient legend. With only the memory of the mysterious treasure map to go on, Nicollet leads a mapping expedition into the untamed forests and wild rivers of Minnesota, where mysticism still lingers in the shadows.
Driven by science yet deeply religious, wild at heart but frail of body, and capable of inspiring friendship while keeping dark secrets, Joseph Nicollet must choose between his reputation and his duty to the truth. Will the stolen map's strange clues allow Nicollet to find the ancient treasure? Or will a faceless adversary destroy his works and dreams before the truth can be discovered?

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Christine HusomHelp us welcome Christine Husom back to the store! She’ll be signing books from her two series, both set in Minnesota. Husom uses her real-life experiences in the criminal justice system, and interest in what motivates people to commit crimes, to write intriguing plots with compelling characters. She served with the Wright County Sheriff’s Department and trained with the St. Paul Police Department where she gained firsthand knowledge of law enforcement policies and procedures.

One of her series is the Winnebago County Mystery series. The other, a cozy series, is the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries.

book coverLori Mier
Lori Mier
August 19
1:00 to 3:00

Former Park Rapids resident Lori Mier will be with us with her children’s book, Merin and Her Very Bright Star.

The book is a heartfelt story of loss and resilience from the author's direct experience. Merin loses her parents and struggles with the juxtaposition of missing them yet not remembering who they are. She seeks answers to impermamemce and takes comfort in the predictability of the evening star that she sees every night. The character of Merin teaches children that they are not alone, and is a beautiful example of moving forward from loss even without finding all of the answers. This is a comforting and relatable read for those who are grieving. It is also a segue to introduce children to the benefits of therapy and the healing power of the natural world.

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William Kent Krueger
August 26 3:30 to 4:30

We are excited to welcome William Kent Krueger with his latest book, Fox Creek, on August 26. That’s just three days after the book is released! We are taking preorders and have ordered plenty of copies of Fox Creek.
William Kent Krueger

Only books purchased in our store will be signed. It’s the support of our customers which makes events like this possible.

See Sally's review of Fox Creek.

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Kristy Boike

August 27, 1:00 to 3:00

Kristy BoikeKristy Boike’s family experienced a global community of support through the birdhouses they started building after her mother died. Within that community Kristi learned how difficult it was to have healthy conversations about grief and loss. In an attempt to normalize the big emotions that can arise from grief and help families dealing with loss, Kristi wrote Rise Up, Little Bluebirds. The book is a sweet tale of grief and community, told through the eyes of the members of a bluebird family who are searching for ways to keep the memory of their dear Grandma Bluebird alive.

Come to meet Kristy, learn about the bluebird house project, and see her lovely children’s book.

Fall Reading Retreats

book coverbook coverbook coverOur fall retreats are a chance to get away for a relaxing weekend, talking about books with a great group of women, eating food someone else has prepared, all at a leisurely pace. We’ll all read the same three books ahead of time.

Our theme is “Seasons in Women’s Lives.” Our books are:

  • Brood, Jackie Polzin
  • Bright Precious Thing, Gail Caldwell
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, Kathleen Rooney

Our Lake LodgeNote: the paperback of Brood will be released July 26, and it will be available in the store then. The other two books are in stock now.

Identical retreats will be held October 7 to 9 and 14 to 16. A $50 deposit will hold your spot. However, the retreats are nearly full. Discussion from aboveEmail to ask if there is still room. And we’ll have a waiting list for each retreat! No deposit necessary to be on the waiting list.

Smiling 2021 retreat participants at dinner

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