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December 21

Christine HusomOn the last Saturday before Christmas Christine Husom, author of the Winnebago County Mystery series and the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries, both set in Minnesota, came to Beagle and Wolf. She autographed books, and we gift wrapped them.

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Christopher Ingraham

December 14

Christopher IngrahamIngraham wrote a story for the Washington Post calling Red Lake Falls, Minnesota “the worst place to live in America.” And guess what? After a visit there, he decided to uproot his life and move his family to Red Lake Falls. The book is a “hilarious, charming, and candid story” of his experiences. A perfect gift for those who treasure ‘up north’ living—or those who should!

Lynette Reini-Grandell and Venus de MarsTrouble:
A Glam-Punk Trans-Rock Love Story

December 13

Minnesota State Arts Board

What an exciting after-hours event for writers and others! 

Lynette Reini-Grandell and her spouse of 36 years, Venus de Mars, will read from and discuss the process of writing separate memoirs on their parallel journeys through the ups and down of art, love, rock and roll. They shared writing strategies that have helped them move forward in creating book-length manuscripts and how they've coped with dredging up the sometimes painful past. Discussion followed. Lynette Reini-Grandell and Venus de Mars are fiscal year 2019 recipients of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This 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.

Lynette, the granddaughter of Park Rapids' Harvey Konshok, is a frequent visitor to the area.
We carry her poetry collection, Wild Verge, in the store.

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Allen Eskens

December 10

Allen EskensCustomer favorite Allen Eskens, author of The Life We Bury, was here! He talked about his new book, Nothing More Dangerous, answered questions, and signed books. Allen is an informative and humorous speaker.

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Small Business Saturday
November 30

Small Business Saturday is a time to support your local community by patronizing local business and shopping small. At Beagle and Wolf, we roll out the blue carpet for you! We had refreshments bagged purchases in a free tote and offered a free book with any purchase. As always, we offeedr complimentary gift wrapping. We also had an author in the store...

book trilogy wrapped in crime tapebook coverFrank Weber

Frank Weber signed copies of his latest book, Last Call. It’s another riveting true crime thriller. Frank also had the MN Murder Trilogy signed, shrink wrapped, and wrapped with crime scene tape as a gift package. 

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The holidays came to Park Rapid!
November 29

Our part of the Park Rapids included offering refreshments and a 20% discount on any in-store book listed in our holiday catalog.

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November 16

Nathan JorgensonNathan Jorgenson was in the store to give a talk and sign copies of his new book, Contrapasso.

You waited a long time for this book!


Ann Patchett

Trick or Treat Downtown
October 31

Children were welcomed by downtown businesses for our annual trick or treating.

Our Lake Lodge
Fall Reading Retreat

October 25 to 27

Our annual fall Reading Retreat took place at Our Lake Lodge. The theme was “The Circle of Life.” Our books were The Line Tender, Late Migrations, and Prodigal Summer. We exploed the connections between the natural and human worlds—and relaxed and enjoyed great conversation and food.
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Carrie Classon
Carrie Classon

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Columnist, author, and performer, Carrie Classon came to Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery for a reading and book signing.

Classon’s weekly newspaper column, The Postscript, is carried in more than 160 newspapers in 26 states and heard weekly on Public Radio. Her memoir, Blue Yarn, was released earlier this year. Excerpts from the memoir and her columns comprise her one-woman show, I’ve Been Waiting All My Life to be Middle-Aged, which will be showcased at the New York Hilton Midtown in January.

The Mountain Mail wrote about Blue Yarn: “Classon’s storytelling is honest and insightful. She opens herself up to the emotions and discoveries that influenced the rediscovery of her passions under harrowing circumstances, learning to value herself and trust her inner voice.” “I started writing Blue Yarn, honestly, to try to understand what had happened to me,” Classon says. “In the space of two months, I found myself without a husband, a job, or even a home, living in Nigeria. How the heck did this happen? I had to write to figure it out. Who am I now, after everything that defined me is lost? What happens next? These questions are questions I think everyone grapples with at some point in their life.”

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Art Leap, Park Rapids’ annual open studio event
September 28 and 29

We were a site for Art Leap! We hosted artist Kent Estey. Here’s what he says about himself and his work:

Kent Estey is a proud member of the White Earth Nation of Anishinaabe, in Northwestern Minnesota. He and his wife Becky live and work on the White Earth Reservation where Kent teaches Art, Technology, and Robotics at the local Charter School in Naytahwaush, Minnesota.

For more information about Kent Estey’s work. 

For more information about Art Leap.

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Tom Stetzler
September 15

Park Rapids’ own Tom Stetzler has published a new book of poetry, Seeing in the Dark. Tom gave a reading at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery, celebrating the release of the book.

See LouAnn's review of the book.

Have Bookstore, Will Travel
September 12 and 13

Jen and Sally took the show on the road, providing a bookstore for the Breakthrough Renewal Institute at Hubbard United Methodist Church. (Did you know we have a small but excellent spiritualty section at the store?) The store in Park Rapids will be open regular hours. Let us know if you’d like us to provide a bookstore for your event!


Chris NorburyEnd of Season Sale
August 30 to September 2

When the summer winds down it's time to make way for fall books and merchandise. Watch for our sale next Labor Day weekend!

Marcie Rendon
August 31

Marcie Rendon was in the store to sign copies of her books. Rendon, a citizen of the White Earth Nation, is an award-winning poet, playwright, performance artist, and activist.

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Chris Norbury
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Tim Jollymore
August 30

Tim Jollymore, a regular visitor to the store, was here to sign copies of his latest book, People You’ve Been Before.

William Kent Krueger
William Kent Krueger was in the store,
signing copies of This Tender Land!

August 29

book coverKrueger has stepped away from the Cork O’Connor series to give us an adventure story set in 1932, during the Great Depression. Although the stories are unrelated, Krueger calls This Tender Land a companion to his earlier book, Ordinary Grace.

The book release date is September 3. In a scheduling quirk, Krueger was at Beagle and Wolf on August 29 for a signing—yes, before the release date for the book. We had copies of the book available that day.

Sally’s review of This Tender Land.

Ever wonder why independent booksellers love William Kent Krueger?

book coverbook coverKalia Kao Yang at the Nemeth Art Center
August 21

Yang was the visiting writer at the North Beach Writer’s Retreat on memoir writing. Her memoirs, The Latehomecomer and The Song Poet, tell the story of her Hmong family and traces their journey from southeast Asia to Minnesota.The books have received many awards, and our customers have enjoyed meeting her over the years. She gave a talk at the Nemeth Art Center. A social time, sponsored by the League of Women Voters preceded the talk.
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Kalia Kao Yang


We were there to sell copies of The Latehomecomer and The Song Poet, and to take pre-orders for Kalia’s forthcoming children book, A Map into the World, which will be available in the fall.

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Rep Night
August 20

Great new books have been coming out in paperback this summer! Jason Gobble, our Random House rep, was with us for the evening, recommending his favorites.

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Chris Norbury
August 9





Minnesotan Chris Norbury is the award-winning author of the suspense-thriller Castle Danger. His new novel, Straight River, is the prequel to Castle Danger andthe first book of a planned trilogy. The stories 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.


Where's Waldo?

July 1 to 31

Where’s Waldo? In Park Rapids, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs visits twenty-five local businesses throughout our community in July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including Bella Caffe, Lickin’ Good Whole Pet Foods, and Molly Poppins.
The “Find Waldo Local in Park Rapids!” passport contains the names of all the participating sites. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo’s nemesis, Odlaw, also hid in Beagle and Wolf Books. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitled diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a copy of Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!, a tribute to Waldo’s many decades of wandering.

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Timothy Otte & friends
July 27: Rebound, Restart, Renew, Rebuild, Rejoice 

Timothy Otte read from his manuscript-in-progress, Landscape Quartet, and his chapbook Rebound, Restart, Renew, Rebuild, Rejoice. Otte is a recipient of a 2019 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant and mentorships from the Loft Literary Center and the Poetry Foundation. He lives in Minneapolis, grew up spending summers at cabins in Dorset and Hackensack, and now keeps a home on the internet: He was joined by fellow poets, making the afternoon a delight for poetry lovers.

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Noel Allard
July 26: Minnesota Aviation History

Was there flight in Minnesota before Charles Lindbergh put our state on the aviation map? Noel Allard’s fascinating account of the growth and development of aviation in Minnesota covers 88 years, from the time when Minnesotans flew in balloons until 1945. This was a chance to hear all about it—and to buy a signed copy of Noel’s book!

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July 25

Last summer, our friends at Harper Collins boosted a video tour of the store. This year, they asked us to make another video, sharing our recommendations for the best summer reads.
See it here. Harper Collins Publishers logo

book coverSarah Coomber
July 23: The Same Moon

Minnesota native Sarah Coomber signed copies of her memoir, The Same Moon. At 24, recently wed—and quickly divorced—Sarah escaped the disappointments of her Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan. Her plan was to use the year to reflect, heal, and figure out what to do with her wrecked life while enjoying the culture of the country where she had previously spent a life-changing summer.

The reality?

Sarah found herself the lone English speaker in an isolated rural area, where she was drawn into serving tea to her male coworkers, performing with a koto (zither) group, advocating for her female students and colleagues, and embarking on a controversial romance with a local salaryman.

This isn’t the Japan Sarah was seeking, but it just might be the Japan she needs.

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July 20: Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters

Did you know that during the early years of the twentieth century, community bands were as important to mid-sized towns as professional sports teams are to large cities today? A renowned Music Man was G. Oliver Riggs, who was employed at one time or another by Bemidji, Crookston, Grand Forks, and St. Cloud. Riggs’ great-granddaughter, Joy Riggs, writes his story in her new book, Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters. Joy opens a window to an earlier time, and tells of civic pride, community participation, and the power of music to transform lives and connect people across generations.

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Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen
July 6

Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen were 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 also have other books by Root and Bowen.

The 13th Annual July 4 Pie Baking Contest and Auction

Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery hosted the 13th annual pie baking contest and auction this 4th of July! All proceeds were donated to the Park Rapids Area Library.

Here are the winning pies:

    Winning pies

  • Single crust
  • Custard or Cream
  • Double crust
  • Juvenile (Any pie by an 8-12 year old)

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Lunch with Sarah Stonich
July 3

Sarah had lunch with the Sister Wolf Book Group then returned to the store to sign copies of Vacationland and Laurentian Divide.

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June 29

The incomparable Lorna Landvik and her latest book, Chronicles of a Radical Hag, joined us at Bella Caffe’ for an entertaining author talk and signing.

Jen and LornaHere’s what our colleague, Pamela Klinger-Horn from Excelsior Bay Books, says about Chronicles of a Radical Hag:

"With a sprinkle of some very special Minnesota magic, Lorna Landvik has once again created an absolute delight on the page. Chronicles of a Radical Hag is a tribute to hardworking journalists, the power of feminism, and, as always, the importance of friends and family. Book clubs will be gathering with platters of Almond Crescents and coffee as they talk long into the night.”

We agree!

Jen with Lorna Lankvik after the publication of Once in a Blue Moon Lodge.

book coverHeid Erdrich
Reading and book signing, June 29
Heid ErdrichNemeth Art Center

Heid E. Erdrich is a poet, writer, and interdisciplinary artist. She edited the recent anthology New Poets of Native Nations. She is also the author of six books of poetry and a non-fiction work, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest. Heid is Ojibwe, enrolled at Turtle Mountain. We sold Heid’s books at the event.


Author Fest at Beagle and Wolf Books


Author Fest
June 15

Author Fest, our annual celebration of Minnesota authors and their books, took place at the American Legion. It's always a great chance to visit with authors, meet new authors, get signed books, and hear authors read! This year the readings were by Deborah Jacobs, Penny (P.S.) Duffy, Blythe Baird,Matt Goldman, Molly Beth Griffin, and Sarah Stonich.

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Will McGrath
Everything Lost is Found Again

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Norma Knapp
Scoria Roads

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Jill kalz
Winter Bees

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Patricia Linson
Becoming Bob
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Deborah Jacobs
Stone Gathering: A Reader
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Molly Beth Griffin
Rhoda's Rock Hunt
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Steven Keillor
No More Gallant a Deed
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Sarah Stonich
Laurentian Divide
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Frank Weber
1-94 Murders; Murder Book
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The Cartographer of No Man's Land
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Blythe Baird
If My Body Could Speak
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Martha Postlethwaite
Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual Pilgrimage
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Matt Goldman
The Shallows
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Karen Babine
All the WIld Hungers
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Alicia Schwab and Katharine Johnson
The Mukluk Ball
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Thomas Peacock
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Mary Krugerude
The Girl in Building C
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Gretchen Anthony
Evergreen Tidings
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Shirley Greves
Love on the Misty Isles
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Connie LounsburyA Hobo's Wish
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Jane St. Anthony
Whatever Normal Is
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Geri Willimek and Marley Kaul
We Sit

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Allison Mann
The Girls Are Gone
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Judy Jeub
The Memorial of Jesus
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Nicole Borg
All Roads Lead Home
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Roy Blackwood
Welcome to My Home: One Family, Four Countries
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Vernal Lind
Beyond This Home
David LeCount
Book of David

book cover Nickolas Butler
June 1, at Bella Caffé

We were thrilled to be hosting an event with Nick Butler! 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 coverbook cover She’s back now, with a five year old son, Isaac. Lyle and Peg dote on the boy and have settled into a comfortableroutine with him and his mother. However, Shiloh becomes infatuated with theleader of an almost cultish church in nearby La Crosse. Her parents worry abouther, and particularlyabout 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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Spring Refresh

Spring is a time to refresh—plant your garden, spruce up your home and wardrobe, buy a new book—so Park Rapids businesses sponsored “Spring Refresh.” Participating businesses had a variety of promotions and special offers, along with a passport and great prizes.

Allen Eskens

May 15

The Park Rapids Library hosted author Allen Eskens, one of Minnesota’s most popular mystery writers! We were at the event selling his books

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National Poetry Month poster, April 2019

Children’s Book Week
April 29 to May 5

We extend a special welcome to young readers during Children’s Book Week. Each child will receive a free Llama Llama coloring book and crayons (while supplies last.)

Used picture books will be on sale for 25% off—a great way to stock up on wonderful books!

National Poetry Month poster, April 2019
April was National Poetry Month!

We had our poetry on display and gave away Poems on a Stick by Minnesota poet David Bengston. Deborah Jacob’s beautiful poem to her grandson about books was on our poetry display.

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National Poetry Month poster, April 2019
Independent Bookstore Day
April 27

Bookstores across the country celebrated Independent Bookstore Day on April 27! We encouraged those who couldn't visit Beagle and Wolf to stop by the indies wherever they were.

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  • Special merchandise produced just for the event
  • Jess Lourey store signing copies of April Fools, the last book in her Mystery by the Month series (and she left signed copies, too.)
  • Drawings for fun prizes
  • A free book with every purchase
  • Birthday cake! It was the 4th anniversary of combining Sister Wolf Books and Beagle Books & Bindery
  • Special offers on audio books through
  • And more!

Sally with an Independent Bookstore Day tote bagJen in an Independent Bookstore Day t-shirt


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Week of the Young Child
April 8 to 12

Each year, Park Rapids Community Ed arranges for business throughout town to host activities for young children and their caregivers during this special week. On April 8, we sponsored a storytime. We featured Giraffe Problems and with an interactive storytime and fun activities to delight our young visitors.

Jewel of the NorthwoodsSpring Retreat
March 30

Our annual Spring Retreat was held at the Jewel of the Northwoods, the B&B between Hubbard and Menahga, about 15 minutes from Park Rapids. Wel enjoyed a delicious lunch and lively conversation.



Our theme was “Living Outside Ordinary Time.” We explored 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.

And looking 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

“Doggone Good Chili” was our entry in the annual Chili Challenge, an event sponsored by the Park Rapids Enterprise to benefit the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Each “dollop” of chili was $1. Our chili recipe, renamed to honor Tripod, was vegetarian, since March 6 is Ash Wednesday.

Shadow and Tripod Jen, Tripod, and Shadow had a party!
February 23

Lickin' Good Whole Pet Foods logoDid you know February 23rd was International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day? Jen and Tripod brought the newest canine member of the Geraedts’ household, a sheepdog mix named Shadow. Beagle Book's patrons were invited, with or without dogs (on leashes). Our friends from Lickin’ Good Whole Pet Foods were on hand too, with treats/prizes. Lickin’ Good is one of our favorite downtown businesses—it’s where Tripod and Shadow get their grooming done and stock up on treats!

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February 16

book coverChris Monroe was at Century School in February, and finished her trip to Park Rapids with a visit to Beagle and Wolf.

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Night In/Morning In

Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20

Night In is our popular, after hours event for book groups and other book lovers. Jen and Sally recommend 20 books, and our publishers partner with us to provide refreshments and prizes. We offered two identical sessions, both in the store, with:

Recommendations of great books! 
The company of other booklovers!
Goody bags filled with bookish swag!

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January 12, 2019

Karen Babine was in the store to read from and sign copies of her latest book, All the Wild Hungers.

The book is very personal, grounded firmly in Karen’s family, and the landscape where she grew up, with many references to the Park Rapids/Nevis area.

Karen BabineA few years ago, Babine’s mother was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosaracoma. This rare form of cancer “only” affects children under the age of ten, and appropriate treatment for a sixty-five year old woman wasn’t clear.

At the same time, Babine’s sister was pregnant with her third child. Karen  saw patterns all around: parallels between her sister’s pregnancy and their mother’s illness, connections between food and illness; and between cooking from scratch and making meaning from scratch. While the topic of the book is serious, it also contains humor. The book moves through the seasons of the year, as the family goes from fall to a bleak winter and into a spring of hope.

We were honored to welcome Karen and her new book home!

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We do inventory the first Sunday after the new year. Family, staff, and volunteers combine to get everything counted and have some fun. We provide lunch and give volunteers the staff discount for the day.

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