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Sheila O’Connor

July 14

bookP.S. Write Back Soon:
The Lost Art of the Letter—a writing workshop with Sheila O’Connor

Once, the letter held our experiences, hopes, secrets, and desires. Letters arrived from other places or were passed between people quite near. They were our way of sharing with another the hidden landscape of the heart. In this workshop, we had fun returning to the letter. We experimented with ways we can use the letter form to share our stories, whether our receiver is real or imagined. Drawing on her experience writing her recent novel-in-letters, Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, writer and teacher Sheila O’Connor lead workshop participants through a series of writing activities designed to experiment with the letter form. Participants had to bring paper and pen, and a creative spirit.

Book signing

Sheila O’Connor also read from her latest book, Until Tomorrow Mr. Marsworth, and signed copies of the book.



The 12th Annual July 4 Pie Baking Contest and Auction
July 4

Pies!We support the Park Rapids Library with pie! Beagle and Wolf Books hosts the John Michael Lerma annual pie baking contest and auction. All proceeds go to the Park Rapids Area Library.

Cherry PiePrizes are provided by the Friends of the Library.

This annual event is a great way to have a yummy dessert without having to bake, and all in support of a worthy cause!




Ahmed Ismail Yusuf

An afternoon with Ahmed Ismail Yusuf
June 19

bookWe partnered with the League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area to present “An afternoon with Ahmed Ismail Yusuf.” Mr. Yusuf discussed his personal immigrant story from Somalia to America and his new book, The Lion’s Binding Oath. Refreshments were served. 

Ahmed Ismail Yusuf arrived in America from Somalia as a high-school dropout, unable to speak English, and unsure of his actual age. He has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1997. Today he has two college degrees and is the author of Somalis in Minnesota and Gorgorkii Yimi, a collection of stories in Somali. In February 2018, The History Theatre of St. Paul, Minnesota produced his play, “A Crack in the Sky,” a memoir about how Yusuf found inspiration in Maya Angelou and Malcolm X during his early days as an immigrant to the U.S.

Yusuf’s most recent work, The Lion’s Binding Oath, documents a country coming apart yet reveals its deep pride and a quiet hope despite the instability. Yusuf hopes that his work shines a light on both the immigrant journey as well as the Somali people and the legacy of his homeland.

League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area (LWVPRA)is a non-partisan volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy which includes supporting activities to preserve the nation’s natural resources. Programs are always free and open to the public. 



Author Fest at Beagle and Wolf Books

Author Fest
June 16

Author Fest is our annual celebration of Minnesota creativity. This year we had 28 Minnesota authors signing books at the American Legion.

There were readings throughout the day by Jill and Deane Johnson, Doug Wood, Cary Griffith, Laura Hansen, Amy Thielen, and Lorna Landvik.


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Amy Thielen
Give a Girl a Knife


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Abbie Williams
Return to Yesterday


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Amber Murphy
Can't Keep a Sober Girl Down

               
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Cary Griffith
Gunflint Burning

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Doug Wood
Americans!

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Frank Weber
The Murder Book

                     
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Kurtis Scaletta
Rooting for Rafael Rosales

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Linda & Bruce Johnson
Guide to Hiking the North Country Trail in Minnesota

Amy Phillips and Steve Bolduc
The Prairie Post Office
                     
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Linda LeGarde Grover
Onigamiising 

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Mark Hollock
The Beyond Now Device: A Fictional Exploration Of Time

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Patricia Linson
Book II: Hope for Allis

                     
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Sarah Seidelmann
Swimming with Elephants

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Laura L. Hansen
Déjà Vu

 

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C.K. MacDonald
Running the Cobblestones

                     
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Lorna Landvik
Once in a Blue Moon Lodge

Deb Hoven
Light Up the States
Jill and Deane Johnson
Little Minnesota in World War II
                     
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Margi Preus
The Clue in the Trees

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Marion Carlson
The Lucky Orphan Calf
Yvonne Pearson
Sadie Braves the Wilderness
                     
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Lynette Reini-Grandell
Wild Verge: Poems
Lisa Lunge-Larsen
Seven Ways to Trick a Troll
Lisa Bolt Simons
How to Read a Map
                     
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Ren Holland
The Early Resorts of Minnesota
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Carol Ann Russell
Gypsy Taxi
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Out to Sea
Kelly Radi



bookPhyllis Root and Kelly Povo

May 26 

Phyllis Root and Kelly Povo presented a program and signed copies of Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers.




Independent Bookstore Day logo Independent Bookstore Day!
April 28  

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. At our party we offered:

bookbookEric Bergeson signed copies of his book, Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie—just in time to plan gardens.

The Hometown Launch of Stray City, by Chelsey Johnson!!! Chelsey read from the book, signed copies, and chatted with friends and well-wishers.

Exclusive books and literary items produced just for Independent Bookstore Day were for sale.

Free audiobooks on Independent Bookstore Day logoWe provided a free book with every purchase. Free audio books were given to encourage guests to try out Libro.fm.

Pianist Paige Leeseberg entertained.



 

bookInteractive Storytime
April 18

Businesses throughout Park Rapids supported the Week of the Young Child by opening their doors to children and their caregivers, offering special activities for them. We had an interactive storytime: we read My Pet Wants a Pet, shared some fun activities, and had a drawing for a copy of the book!

 




Our Spring Retreat

April 7Jewel of the Northwoods

We gathered at the Jewel of the Northwoods B&B between Hubbard and Menahga.

Our theme was “Dream Big: Reach for the Stars.” We pampered ourselves with a delicious lunch and lively conversation about See You in the Cosmos and The Stargazer’s Sister.

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bookChili Challenge
March 7

“Doggone Good Chili” was our entry in the annual Chili Challenge, an event to benefit the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Each “dollop” of chili at the American Legion was $1, and helped a great cause.

Our chili recipe, renamed to honor Tripod, the store dog, can be found in Stock the Crock, which is available in the store.




Open House

January 27

We were in the midst of making some fun changes at the store, and we wanted to show them off! So, we had an Open House with refreshments and a drawing for great door prizes!

Here are some of our changes:

Here’s a new section—graphic novels for young adults. The Poetry, Essays, and Writing sections are now in an expanded space at front of the store. Another new section—
Science Fiction and Fantasy.
graphic novels   writing   sci fi and fantasy



Night In logoNight In

Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21

Our popular winter event for book lovers had with a twist! Night In was offered TWICE! The identical sessions included:

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




1 2 3 4 One, Two, Three…
January 7

We make taking inventory an event for volunteers who help us. We provide lunch and give them the staff discount that day... We have fun while we count—

And yes, the store is open for business on inventory days.




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