Visit participating downtown businesses to be eligible for prizes! Get full information at ParkRapidsDowntown.com. During Shoptoberfest, we’ll have two special events at the store. When Sally and Jen return from Heartland Fall Forum, the annual booksellers trade show, they’ll bring a multitude of books with them. These will be on display and during Shoptoberfest: buy one at full price and get the second book for 50% off. This offer will begin on October 9.
Mary Casanova October 24, 1:00
Mary Casanova will be at the store to sign copies of her newest book, Hush, Hush Forest. This lovely children’s book uses rhyming text 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.
Adam Regn Arvidson October 16, 1:00 to 2:30
The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will host 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 will be at the Park Theater, and we will be there with copies of Wild and Rare for sale. The book is also available in the store.
Reading Retreat: What is Family? October 26 to 28
This event is currently full. If you’re interested, call the store (218-237-2665) to be put on the waiting list.
Our next reading retreat will be a day-long event early in April.
Halloween October 31
Beagle and Wolf will join other downtown businesses in providing Trick or Treating for area children.
The time has not yet been set, but it will be late in the afternoon, after school.
Looking ahead: Leif Enger December 1
Mark your calendars for December 1 when author Leif Enger will be with us! We’ll have a ticketed lunch at Bella Caffe at 11:30, “Lunch with Leif,” followed by a signing at the store at 1:00. Enger will only be signing coies of Virgil Wander which were purchased at Beagle and Wolf.
Last year, one of the hot books for Christmas giving was Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson The book is now available in paperback. Here’s Tim’s review of it from last December:
This is one of those landmark books one rarely comes across. We've all heard of Leonardo, maybe even pored over the drawings in his notebooks, and everyone knows the Mona Lisa. This biography changes the way we see these works forever. Perhaps it's the time we live in, that finally Isaacson is able to tell both the story of the artist, but also (and maybe even more interestingly) give a roundness to the personal life of the man, the time he lived in and the astonishing people who made his work possible. Seriously, this book is amazing!
William Kent Krueger
Fear: Trump in the White House
William Kent Krueger
The Radium Girls
The Stranger in the Woods
Saints for All Occasions J. Courtney Sullivan
One North Star
Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen
Give a Girl a Knife
William Kent Krueger
The End of the Wild
Midwest Connection Picks
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Sarah Smarsh
With both personal stories from Sarah Smarsh’s own life and deeply researched socioeconomic analysis on class in America, Heartland illuminates the unseen, unheard realities of the American working class—which over the course of the author’s turbulent upbringing in rural Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s became the American working poor.
My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love
A memoir-in-essays from singer and rapper, Dessa. Her stunning literary debut memoir stitches together poignant insights on love, science, and language—a demonstration of just how far the mind can travel while the body is on a six-hour ride to the next gig.
When a category 5 tornado ravaged the small town of Mercy, Oklahoma, no family lost more than the McClouds: four siblings left orphaned, their home and farm demolished. Three years later, the family is swept up in tragedy again when the local cosmetics factory is bombed, and the lab animals trapped within are released. The acts of escalating violence that follow trap the “saddest family in Mercy” in the tenuous space between wild and tame, human and animal.
Dream Country begins in Minneapolis in 2008 as teenager Kollie Flomo cracks under the strain of life as a Liberian refugee. Frustrated, his parents send him back “home” for reform school. Readers travel back to Liberia, but also back in time, to 1926, where they meet Togar Somah, an indigenous Liberian fleeing forced labor on the plantations of descendants of the African American slaves who colonized Liberia. The story jumps again, back to 1827, to the Wright family, who escape a Virginia plantation for Liberia, where they're promised freedom and self-determination. The Wrights begin their section fleeing the whip and by its close, they are then the ones who wield it. With each new section, the novel uncovers fresh hope and resonating heartbreak, all based on historical fact.