Books and News to Give You Paws

June 2016


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bookSummertime, summer hours, summer fun...

Park Rapids has had some great weather, and we’re ready for summer! That means both more visitors to our area and an increase in activities. We’re ready with a full schedule of events—read about June’s goings on here—and extended hours. We’ll be open 8:30 to 6:30 on weekdays, 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturdays, and 10:00 to 4:00 on Sundays. We’re looking forward to seeing you in the store soon!


Summer Book Groups

The Sister Wolf Book Group started on May 25, and will meet every other Wednesday morning through September 14. Three changes for the group: we’ll meet in the lower level of Beagle and Wolf, our start time will be 10:00,and when we go out for breakfast afterwards, we’ll head for Big River, Park Rapids’ newest restaurant. The group is open to any women interested in reading and discussing books.

The Weekenders is a new group, formed in response to requests from cabin people for a week-end book group. The first meeting will be Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 at the store. The group will be open to both women and men. We’ll discuss Medicine Walk. All are welcome to this group—you don’t need to be cabin folks to join us. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED DATE.  


Paws Points Event
Author Fest
June 18, 11:00 to 3:00

One day with over 25 Minnesota authors means a great opportunity to chat with writers and discover new books. We’re excited about some changes in the format: the event will be held at Armory Square, just around the corner from Beagle and Wolf at 203 Park Ave. S. (Park is what Highway 71 is called in town) AND Vallartas will be present with a taco/nacho bar and beverages. Readings will take place throughout the day. The time will be 11:00 to 3:00, with all the authors present the entire time. You won’t want to miss this event!

Mary Casanova Signing

June 25, noon to 2:00

Join us in welcoming an author of outstanding children’s books! Mary will be signing copies of her latest book, bookWake Up Island, a lovely story of dawn on an island as, plants and animals wake up and start their busy day. We’ll also have copies of her earlier books, such as the ever popular One-Dog Canoe.Later on the same day, the Nemeth Art Center will host a reception for Kate Casanova, Mary’s daughter.Kate’s work is currently on display at Nemeth.

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Introducing our Newest Staff Members

We have hired two interns who will be working in the store this summer, helping us out with the behind the scenes work which is critical to our functioning. Both will be familiar to you, but we’ve asked them to introduce themselves.

Megan Cascade

Hi, my name is Megan. I go to Nevis High School, and I am a new employee of Beagle and Wolf Books and Bindery! I am 14 years of age, my favorite colors are blue, black, and green, and fun fact, this will be my first job! I’m not as big a reader as my mom and grandma are, but I still enjoy a good book here and there. I am super excited to start my new adventure in the book business, so come on down and see me working live; you never know what book might scream your name next!


I just finished 9th grade through IQ Academy (public school online). I have a second degree junior black belt in Tae Kwon Do and I will be testing for my adult black belt June 21st. I am very involved in Northern Lights Dance Academy. I also participate in Park Rapids Area Homeschool Association theater productions. Of course I love to read and am very excited to start my first summer job. Editor’s note: Cascade has been reviewing books for our newsletter for quite some time.

Bestsellers for May

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Imagine Heaven


Medicine Walk


Pothole Confidential


Faribault Woolen Mill


Salt to the Sea



Midwest Connection Picks


A novel by Peter Geye

Wintering is the long anticipated novel by a writer who is a favorite of our book groups. There are two stories in Wintering. The present-day story begins when elderly Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding northernmost Minnesota wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint—instantly changing lives of members of the Eide family, and many other lives, forever. He’d done this once before, thirty-some years earlier, in 1963, fleeing a crumbling marriage and bringing along Gustav, his eighteen-year-old son, pitching this audacious, potentially fatal scheme to him—winter already coming on, in these woods, on these waters—as a reenactment of the ancient voyageurs’ journeys of discovery. It’s a journey Gus has never forgotten.

​Now—with his father pronounced dead—Gus relates every detail of that long ago trip to Berit Lovig, who’d waited nearly thirty years for Harry, her passionate conviction finally fulfilled for the last two decades. So, a middle-aged man rectifying his personal history, an aging woman wrestling with her own, and with the entire history of Gunflint.

The Bell in the Bridge
A picture book by Ted Kooser and Barry Root

You may know Ted Kooser as the former poet laureate of the United States. We see a new side to him in this lovely children’s book. When Charlie visits his hardworking grandparents in the summer, he often is left to himself, and he is lonely. So he goes out to play by the stream, with a tin can for tadpoles, a special weed-whacking stick, and stones to drop from the iron bridge. One day he notices that when he strikes the bridge with a big stone, it rings with a bong like a church bell and echoes into the valley. And sometimes a faint, very distant, different-sounding bong comes back. Is it an echo of an echo? Or could someone else, like him, be ringing another bridge altogether? The Bell in the Bridge reverberates with the mysteries and possibilities of childhood discovery, enhanced by illustrations that echo the warmth and magic of a solo summertime adventure.

book The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father
A biography by Kao Kalia Yang

In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes.

Following her award-winning book The Latehomecomer, Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American's Secret War. Bee lost his father as a young boy and keenly felt that loss. He would wander from one neighbor to the next, collecting the things they said to each other, whispering the words to himself at night until, one day, a song was born.

Bee sings the life of his people through the war-torn jungle and a Thai refugee camp. But the songs fall away in the cold, bitter world of a Minneapolis housing project and on the factory floor until, with the death of Bee's mother, the songs leave him for good. But before they do, Bee, with his poetry, has polished a life of poverty for his children, burnished their grim reality so that they might shine.

Written with the exquisite beauty for which Kao Kalia Yang is renowned, The Song Poet is a love story—of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.

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