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August Events

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Leaves of Grass—Illuminated
August 4, 1:00

You won’t want to miss Patrick Scully’s one-man show about Walt Whitman, America’s great (and radical) poet!
We’re co-sponsoring the event with the library, and it will take place in the library’s meeting room on the lower level.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Minnesota State Art Board and Clean Water and & Legacy Amendment

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Eric Dregni
August 5, 2:00

Be prepared to be entertained as Eric Dregni tells us about his latest book, You’re Sending Me Where? Dispatches from Summer Camp! Eric will sign copies of the book after his presentation.

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August 9, 10:00 

We had a great time when Elisa Korenne came to sign copies of A Hundred Miles to Nowhere! She’s coming back to discuss the book with anyone who’s read it—or is thinking of reading it. She’ll sign copies of the book afterwards. 


Penguin Random House
2nd Annual Lit Bit with Jason Gobble
August 12, 6:00 pm

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, will share great titles for summer reading in this after hours event. We’ll have light refreshments and wine; come prepared tor a laid back evening with fellow book lovers.

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Bob Guelker
August 19, noon to 2:00

Local author Bob Guelker will be signing copies of his latest book, Stone Creek. His earlier books, Canoes in Winter and Let Go, Let the River, will also be available.

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Duane Lindberg

August 19, noon to 2:00

Duane Lindberg will be signing copies of The Kingdom of the Rings.

Throughout the centuries, three mysterious golden rings make their way from the Coptic Church in Egypt to Norway in the 13th century and finally to modern-day America. What powerful secrets do they hold? Who carries those rings and why?

William Kent Krueger
William Kent Krueger

September 2

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William Kent Krueger will be in the store at 1:00 to sign copies of the latest Cork O’Connor mystery, Sulfur Springs. Don’t miss it! Please note: Kent will only sign books purchased at Beagle and Wolf. The book releases August 22, and may be pre-ordered at Beagle and Wolf.


book coverAbout our Book Signing Policy

We sponsor a robust schedule of events—this summer alone, we’ve brought over 50 authors to Park Rapids. This is possible only because of the purchases of our customers. For that reason, we ask that only books purchased from us be presented for signing at events. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.

July Bestsellers

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Give a Girl a Knife
Amy Thielen


Hundred Miles to Nowhere
Elisa Korenne  


Al Franken:
Giant of the Senate

Al Franken


Yaa Gyasi


The New Midwestern Table
Amy Thielen

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News of the World
Paulette Jiles


The Life We Bury
Allen Eskens


North Woods Girl
Aime’e Bissonette


Murder Book
Frank Weber

  Lab Girl
Hope Jahren
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Dead Man’s Rapids
Bill Durbin
  Britt-Marie was Here
Fredrick Bachman
  Manitou Canyon
William Kent Krueger
  The Muralist
B.A. Shapiro
  Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Kate Larson


New Releases

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Sulfur Springs
William Kent Krueger

The book will be out in hardcover on August 22

See our Krueger event.


Glass Houses
Louise Penny

The hardcover will be released August 29.

See Sally’s review.


Midwest Connection Picks

bookCicada Summer
a novel by Maureen Luerck

People keep a house alive, not the other way around. Alex Proctor has seen the truth of this in every empty, rundown property she’s bought and renovated since her divorce almost three years ago. She’s also experienced the thrill of making each one into a home. Her newest project is a dilapidated, century-old house just a few blocks from Geneva Lake, Wisconsin. Time and neglect, along with rats and raccoons, have ravaged it inside and out. Only Alex can see the beauty of what it once was and might become again. In just a few weeks—by the time the cicadas make their scheduled reappearance after seventeen years underground—the house should be ready to sell. In the meantime, there are construction disasters, and surprises, to contend with.
Amid overgrown grounds and rooms brimming with debris, Alex finds treasures—pocket doors, hardwood floors hidden beneath layers of linoleum and grime—and carved initials that reveal a long-ago love story involving Alex’s elderly neighbor, Elsie, and another cicada summer. At the same time, Alex finds herself searching for a way to reconcile her new life with lingering feelings for her ex-husband. For so long she felt sure that moving on was the only option, but maybe this house, and everything she’s learning in it, could give Alex room for a second chance…

book A Different Pond
a children's picture book by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui

Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son—and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event—a long-ago fishing trip. As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. The New York Times has said that Bao Phi’s poetry “rhymes with the truth.”

Watch a video trailer for the book.

book Janesville: An American Story
non-fiction by Amy Goldstein

This is an account of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its factory stills—but it’s not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next, when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up.

Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein has spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession, two days before Christmas of 2008. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, she makes one of America’s biggest political issues human. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it’s so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class.

For this is not just a Janesville story or a Midwestern story. It’s an American story.


bookThe Wrong Way to Save Your Life
essays by Megan Stielstra

In this poignant collection of literary essays, Megan Stielstra tells stories to ward off fears both personal and universal as she grapples toward a better way to live. In the title piece “The Wrong Way To Save Your Life,” she answers the question of what has value in our lives—a question no longer rhetorical when the apartment above her family’s goes up in flames. “Here is My Heart” sheds light on Megan’s close relationship with her father, whose continued insistence on climbing mountains despite a series of heart attacks leads the author to dissect deer hearts in a poetic attempt to interrogate her own feelings about mortality. Whether she’s imagining the implications of open-carry laws on college campuses, recounting the story of going underwater on the mortgage of her first home, or revealing the unexpected pains and joys of marriage and motherhood, Stielstra’s work informs, impels, enlightens, and embraces us all. Intellectually fierce and viscerally intimate, Megan Stielstra’s voice is witty, wise, warm, and above all, achingly human.


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