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book coverHometown book launch!
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.

book coverGrant Merritt book signing
December 10, 2:00 to 4:00

Grant MerrittIron and Water is Grant J. Merritt's memoir of his life's work on behalf of Minnesota's people and environment and also the story of a famiy significant in state history. Chronicling the discovery of vast iron deposits on the Mesabi Range and the fight to save Lake Superior and Minnesota's natural riches, Merritt reveals how individuals can change the world.

Sally, Leif Enger, and Jenbook coverLeif Enger
December 1

Here Jen and I are pictured with Leif Enger and his wonderful new book, Virgil Wander.

Why do we all look so happy? Because Leif came to Beagle and Wolf! We had a lunch with him at Bela Café, then he came to the store to sign books.

Yuletide Sampler

November 23

The holiday season began in Park Rapids on November 23! We were open from 8:30 to 8:00 and will offered a 20% discount on any in-store book listed in our holiday catalog. We served hot apple cider and Christmas cookies (baked by Mark Bridge, the Cottage Baker!)

The traditional downtown Yuletide Sampler provided a smorgasbord by stopping in at participating downtown business for nibbles. The lighting of the Christmas tree on Main and the arrival of Santa Claus followed.

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Small Business Saturday
November 24

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 bag your purchase in a free tote (while supplies last), offer a free book with any purchase, and have refreshments.

These authors were in the store:

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Frank Weber, 10:00

Murder Book, The I-94 Murders

Weber’s Murder Book was one of the most popular books at Author Fest last June. His new book, The I-94 Murders, was released in September. He’s a forensic psychologist, and uses that background in writing books about Jon Frederick, a fictional investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Noel Allard

Minnesota Aviation History 1857-1945

This account of the growth and development of aviation in Minnesota embraces 88 years of Minnesota aviation history, from the time when Minnesotans flew in balloons, four years before the Civil War. Every aspect of the slow but gradual growth of Minnesota aviation is set out, including Charles Lindbergh The book captures the flavor of aviation's romance and adventure as Minnesota aviation has developed up to 1945, and you’ll be fascinated by it!

Beagle and Wolf joined other downtown businesses in October events.

Shoptoberfest logoWe had two special Shoptoberfest events at the store. When Sally and Jen returned from Heartland Fall Forum, the annual booksellers trade show, they brought a multitude of books with them. During Shoptoberfest if you bought one at full price you got the second book for 50% off.

Jack-o-lanternAnd we gave trick-or-treaters candy on Halloween!

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Mary Casanova
October 29

book coverMary Casanova signed copies of her newest book, Hush, Hush Forest. This lovely children’s book uses rhyming test to show how, throughout autumn, forest animals prepare for winter as shadows lengthen, the ground freezes, and northern lights begin to appear. The book is illustrated with lovely woodcuts by Nick Wroblewski. The woodcuts are available as notecards. Hush, Hush Forest is a companion to Mary’s earlier book, Wake Up, Island, which we will also have. The books will make wonderful Christmas gifts for the children in your life.

Our Lake LodgeFall retreat: What is Family?
October 26 to 28

Our annual fall retreat at Our Lake Lodge theme was “What is Family?" We discussed Stray City, The End of the Wild, and The Distancers.

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Adam Regn Arvidson
October 16

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will hosted author Adam Regn Arvidson presenting a program based on his book, Wild and Rare. Arvison will share “compelling stories of Minnesota's endangered species, the landscapes that nurture them, and the people who are discovering their secrets." The event was held at the Park Theater.


Art Leap
September 22 and 23

We were part of Art Leap this year! It’s a driving tour of artists’ studios and other cultural destinations, sponsored by the Park Rapids Lake Area Arts Council.

Betsy Bowen, the artist from Grand Marais, was in the store. She brought her handcrafted woodblock prints.

Click here for a pdf of the complete Art Leap brochure

Click here for the Betsy Bowen Studio website
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      Books by Betsy Bowen

bookWilliam Kent Krueger
September 1

We welcomed William Kent Krueger and the latest book in his Cork O’Connor series, Desolation Mountain.



Mindy Meija

August 25

Mindy Meija signed copies of Everything You Want Me to Be, a psychological thriller set in in Minnesota. Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. When she's found brutally stabbed to death the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community. The book’s many plot twists will keep you guessing—and turning pages!

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Candace Simar
August 25

Candace Simar signed copies of her latest book, Escape to Fort Ambercrombie. Listen to her talk about the book on video.

Candace also be signed copies of her earlier books.

Jason Gobble3rd Annual Lit Bit with Jason Gobble

August 21

You track your physical health with your fit bit; try Lit Bit to keep your reading life healthy. Jason Gobble, our Penguin Random House rep, shares great titles for summer reading in this after hours event.

Join us for Saturday Morning Live at Beagle and Wolf: Saturday, August 4 at 10:00 CDT.Join us on Facebook for a virtual tour of our store! We sell new and used books, fun non-book items, and offer bbndery services. We're excitd to show you around, and to introduce you to our staff, incuding Tripod, the store dog. See you Saturday! We hope you can join us!Beagle and Wolf on Facebook Live

August 4

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See the video.


Waldo prizesWhere was Waldo?
July 1 to 31

Once again, Grand Rapids families searched local businesses for the elusive Waldo. Those who found him in 20 locations were eligibe to enter a Grand Prize drawing at a party at Beagle and Wolf Books. Here are the prizes, and some of the party guests.

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bookcoverKatie Carpenter and Susan Cushman

July 28

The Wait:  Love, Fear, and Happiness on the Heart Transplant List 

Katie Carpenter, the Bemidji actress who recently played in Blithe Spirit at Long Lake Theater, and author Susan Cushman were in the store to bring alive the diary entries from The Wait. The Wait is the true story of Jennifer Bonner, who was born in 1966 with congenital heart problems. Cutting edge medical procedures allowed her to live a normal life for a number of years.

While a student at Carleton College, Jennifer again faced heart failure and was put on the heart transplant list. The Wait is the touching story of the year she spent on the list. Her story was presented through a dramatic presentation. We had information available about becoming an organ donor.

bookRoger Thompson
July 21

Roger Thompson presened a program and signed copies of No Word for Wilderness: Italy's Grizzlies and the Race to Save the Rarest Bears on Earth.

The rarest bears in the world live fifty miles outside of Rome. Hear Roger’s account of their eye-opening story, and a great experiment in rewilding.

Sheila O’Connor

July 14

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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.

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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.


Amy Thielen
Give a Girl a Knife


Abbie Williams
Return to Yesterday


Amber Murphy
Can't Keep a Sober Girl Down


Cary Griffith
Gunflint Burning


Doug Wood


Frank Weber
The Murder Book




Kurtis Scaletta
Rooting for Rafael Rosales


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

Amy Phillips and Steve Bolduc
The Prairie Post Office

Linda LeGarde Grover


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


Patricia Linson
Book II: Hope for Allis


Sarah Seidelmann
Swimming with Elephants


Laura L. Hansen
Déjà Vu



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

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
Ren Holland
The Early Resorts of Minnesota
Carol Ann Russell
Gypsy Taxi
Out to Sea
Kelly Radi

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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

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.



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.
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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! 
Goody bags filled with bookish swag!

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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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