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Make a Big Impact Shop Small: Small Business Sturday, November 26, 2022. Shop Small logo.Small Business Saturday/Indies First!
November 26

Small Business Saturday is a time to support your local community by patronizing local business and shopping small. Indie bookstores call the day Indies First! This year, author Celeste Ng was the honorary chairperson of the event.

Statement about independent bookstores by Celeste NGAt Beagle and Wolf, we rolled out the blue carpet for you! We had refreshments, and offered a free book with any purchase and complimentary gift wrapping. We gave away great prizes, and two authors were in the store to sign their books. AND we offered a 20% discount on any in-store book listed in our holiday catalog.

Gretchen Anthony

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Peter GeyeGretchen Anthony, author and humorist, was in the store, signing copies of her latest book, The Book Haters Book Club, as well as her earlier books.

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Margi Preus
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Peter GeyeMargi Preus, the Newbury award winning author of books for children and young adults, was in the store, signing copies of her latest book, Windswept, as well as some of her earlier works.

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Downtown Park Rapids Trick or Treat poster

Trick or Treat
October 31

We had lots of spooky or adorable
visitors stopping by for goodies!

Our Lake LodgeFall Reading Retreats
October 7 to 9 and October 14 to 16

Our 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 all read the same three books ahead of time.

Our theme this year was “Seasons in Women’s Lives.” Our books were:

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

Watch for our spring retreat!


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October 1

We were thrilled to welcome our friend Peter Geye back to Park Rapids! His latest book, The Ski Jumpers, was released last month. On October 1 we hosted him at Bella Caffé. Peter spoke with our own Brita, read from The Ski Jumpers, and signed copies of his books. Here’s a link to Kerri Miller’s recent conversation with Peter on Minnesota Public Radio.

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See Sally’s review of The Ski Jumpers.

Peter's books include:
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The Friends Minnesota Mook Awards: Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota with portraits of three authorsMoving Words: Writers Across Minnesota
September 29

We gathered at the Armory for a lively discussion with three multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning authors. It was an opportunity for writers and readers to explore the impact of literature in their lives, their connection as fellow Minnesotans, and the lens through which we read. We’had books by all three authors to purchase.

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Art Leap
September 24 and 25

Art Leap was an open studio event that offered 24 sites and featured more than 90 artists at studios and other locations in Hubbard and Becker counties.

Visitors hopped from studio to studio, learned processes, appreciated skills, and supported the artists. Fall’s natural beauty inspired visitors, as it does the artists, as they passed lakes and traveled country roads. 

View or download the Event Guide for the 2022 Art Leap.

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Banned Books Week
September 18 to 24

Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery is proud to have participated in this year’s Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read which brings together the entire book community.

The efforts to ban books and inhibit the freedom to read has intensified more in the last year than any other time in recent memory. We consider the freedom to read to be a cornerstone of our mission. I Read Dangereously Banned Books Week graphicAs booksellers, we believe in protecting the rights of readers and the importance of representation in books. We condemn the current wave of book banning in schools and libraries as threats to both the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Every year, Banned Books Week highlights the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books from the previous year. This year’s list, like years prior, includes titles that are by Black or LGBTQIA2S+ persons and address racism, racial justice, and LGBTQIA2S+ stories. ALA tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. These are the highest figures ALA has seen since it started compiling challenges more than 20 years ago.

We had a display featuring banned books. We invited our community to come in, look at the books on the display (some were surprising), and engage us in conversation about banning books.: to join us in condemning book banning, protecting the freedom to read, and celebrating the ways books unite us!

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September 20

The Northwest Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Church in America held a Fall Theological Conference at the Shooting Star Events Center in Mahnomen. The event centered on the book Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization.

The authors of the book, Elaine Enns and Ched Myers, were the keynote speakers for the event, and were at Beagle and Wolf afterwards for a signing.

Their book is part memoir, part social, historical, and theological analysis, and part practical workbook. It invites Christians (and other people of faith) into a discipleship of decolonization. How are our histories, landscapes, and communities haunted by continuing Indigenous dispossession? How do we transform our colonizing self-perceptions, lifeways, and structures? And how might we practice restorative solidarity with Indigenous communities today?

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Terry Smith
September 13

Terry Smith—and Beagle and Wolf—were at the Armory for Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning.

Smith was the program, sharing highlights of his 37-year career in law enforcement. He is the author of the book Code 4, and we sold copies. (The book is also available in the store.)

Onesie-Twosie Sale

September 2 to 5

At the end of the summer we fill our shelves with new non-book merchandise for fall. But first, we needed to empty those shelves! Items we have in small quantities were on sale Labor Day weekend.

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Saturday, September 3
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Linda LeGarde Grover was in the store, signing copies of her latest book, Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong.

Long before there was a Duluth, Minnesota, the massive outcropping that divides the city emerged from the ridge of gabbro rock running along the westward shore of Lake Superior. A great westward migration carried the Ojibwe people to this place, the Point of Rocks. Against this backdrop—Misaabekong, the place of the giants—the lives chronicled in Linda LeGarde Grover’s book unfold, some in myth, some in long-ago times, some in an imagined present, and some in the author’s family history, all with a deep and tenacious bond to the land, one another, and the Ojibwe culture.

Within the larger history, Grover tells the story of her ancestors’ arrival at the American Fur Post in far western Duluth more than two hundred years ago. Their fortunes and the family’s future are inextricably entwined with tales of marriages to voyageurs, relocations to reservation lands, encounters with the spirits of the lake and wood creatures, the renewal of life—in myth and in art, the search for meaning in the transformations of our day is always vital. book coverFinally, in one man’s struggles, age-old tribulations, the intergenerational traumas of extended families and communities, and a uniquely Ojibwe appreciation for the natural and spiritual worlds converge, forging the Ojibwe worldview and will to survive as his legacy to his descendants.

We loved learning more about the history of Linda's people. We’ll also had copies of her other books available. AND, her publisher sent a door prize! It’s a copy of The Sky Watched.

This book of Linda’s poetry will be reissued on October 25, but you can register to win it this month!

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Kristy Boike
August 27

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.

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William Kent Krueger
August 26

William Kent KruegerWe were excited to welcome William Kent Krueger with his latest book just three days after the book wa released!

See Sally's review of Fox Creek.

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August 19

Former Park Rapids resident Lori Mier was 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.

On August 12 we hada 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.
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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 were also available.

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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 HusomWe were pleased to welcome Christine Husom back to the store! She signed 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.

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August 2

Simon Hargreaves was in the store to sign copies of Maxwell Cooper and the Legend of Inini-Makwa. Hargreaves is the pen name of the manager of a local resort. You may know him...

Simon Hargreaves"Only draw what is real." This is the rule given to fourteen-year-old art prodigy Maxwell Cooper by his father and is the only way Max's father will allow him to attend the prestigious boarding school Apogee Art Academy. It's also a rule Max decides to defy.

During their first night of vacation at Bear Tooth Point Resort, Maxwell draws a portrait of a local legend just to spite his father: the monster known as Inini-Makwa. But the land of Bear Tooth Point is steeped in Ashotii spirit magic, and when guests begin disappearing Max is confronted with a terrifying reality. The monster from his drawing has come to life!

Now, with Inini-Makwa targeting his family, Max must find a way to reverse the magic and destroy the creature before she kills everyone he has ever loved.

Shop Local: Find Waldo Here! Find Waldo in Park Rapids!

Iconic Children’s Book Character Continues to Create Summertime Fun

to Support the Shop Local Movement

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 visited 17 locations throughout our community this July. Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses.

Participants picked up a “Find Waldo Local in Park Rapids!” stamp cards, which contained the names of all the sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. To make things a little more challenging, there was be one slightly different Waldo hiding in Beagle and Wolf Books. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twelve or more businesses entitled diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia.

Once again, in celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, Candlewick Press teamed up with hundreds of independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun designed to encourage residents to patronize their local businesses. The hunt lasts for the entire month of July.

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Author Fest
June 18

After a two year hiatus, Author Fest, our annual celebration of Minnesota authors and their books, came back! It's always a great chance to visit with authors, meet new authors, get signed books, and hear authors read. There were signings throughout the day.

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Jeanne Cooney
It's Murder, Dontcha Know?

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Molly Beth Griffin
Ten Beautiful Things

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Cheryl Johnson
Box Lunch Lifestyle

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Terry Smith
Code 4
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Tom Maltman
The Land and others
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Staci Lola Drouillard
Seven Aunts

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Wendell Affield
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Cary Griffith
Cougar Claw

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Cate Belleveau
Kayak Cate

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Linda LeGarde Grover
Gichgami Hearts
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Frank Weber
Black and Blue
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Marcie Rendon
Girl Gone Missing

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Bill Durbin
The Hidden Room

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Will Weaver, editor. Days of Smoke and Weaver’s books will be available.
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Doug Mayfield
The Saint Patrick’s Day Hero

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Julie Jo Larson
100 Things to do in the Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die

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John Enger 

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Matt Goldman
Carolina Moonset

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Pat Mason
Ghost Child

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Bette Slater Seres
John J. Hammerlink and the Really Big Think

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Joy Harding
Baundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Belief

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Stephanie Ash
The Annie Year

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Geoff Herbach
Cracking the Bell

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Darla Medeck-Johnson
Dewdrops to Raindrops


Poster: "How do you BOOK?" with graphic novel style illustrations

Children's Book Week
May 2 to 8

“How do you Book?” was the 2022 Children’s Book Week slogan. The thought-provoking theme asks children to think about what they read, where they read, and how they read.

All used picture books were be 25% off. We have a great selection, and this is an economical way to add to your library at home or in the classroom!

Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 30, 2022

Independent Bookstore Day
April 30

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day celebration that takes place at indie bookstores across the country. We had birthday cake (it’s been seven years since we combined Beagle Books & Bindery and Sister Wolf Books!), exclusive merchandise produced just for the day, some great prizes, a free book with every purchase, AND the new Indie Bookstore map was available! We’re not in this logo, but we are in the map itself!

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Jeanne Cooney signed copies of her new book.

Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, was the Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador!

Angie Thomas: Independent Bookstore Day 2022 Ambassador #IndieBookstoreDay

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Indie Bookstores
are our jam!

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April 23
Northern Pines Campground

We enjoyed a day outside our normal routine with a lively group of readers! We all read The Fox and I and Pax ahead of time to explore the theme “Uncommon Friendships” through discussing them.

photo of roomWe met at the comfortable Fireside Room at Northern Pines Campground, just north of Park Rapids.

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Hop Downtown
April 14 to 16

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Week of the Young Child

On April 5 we opened our doors to young children and their caregivers for an interactive story time.

Winter's Children
April 2

Winter’s Children author Ryan Rodgers was in Park Rapids for an event co-sponsored by Beagle and Wolf Books and the local Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club. The event was at the Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails warming house. Skiers and history buffs from all over the area swapped stories and enjoyed a pot-luck. 

See Brita's review of Winter's Children.

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Paperbag Pricess displays
Paper Bag Princess Day

March 5

In The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald. Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is he worth all that trouble?

Jen did a live reading of the book: paper crowns were provided.

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Not just Valentine's Day
February 14

Not only was it Valentine’s Day on February 14, it was also Clifford the Big Red Dog’s birthday! We celebrated our favorite larger-than-life canine in a big way this year with lots of fun surprises.

@scholastic and #HappyBirthdayClifford!

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Night In/Morning In

Our popular winter event for readers was back! There were a few COVID inspired twists, but Sally and Jen still recommended books they think would be great for book group discussion or individual reading.

The event features:

Book recommendations

A 10% discount on the books we recommend January 15 to 21

Book related swag  and prizes (for in-person attendees only)

  Go to 2020 and 2021 events  

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