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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.

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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

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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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