Our family sends season’s greetings to you and yours!
We appreciate your business and enjoy your friendship! Here’s to another year of sharing books, conversation, and laughter.
Allen Eskens December 10, 2:00
Customer favorite Allen Eskens, author of The Life We Bury, will be here! He’ll talk about his new book, Nothing More Dangerous, answer questions, and sign books. Allen is an informative and humorous speaker and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear him. (His talk will be different from the one he gave at the library last spring.) We’ll have his new book as well as his earlier titles on hand.
Sally, Allen Eskens, and Jen in the Wadena Library during Allen's tour of the Kitchigami system last May.
A Glam-Punk Trans-Rock Love Story
December 13, 6:30
Join us for an exciting after-hours event for writers and others!
Lynette Reini-Grandell and her spouse of 36 years, Venus de Mars, will read from and discuss the process of writing separate memoirs on their parallel journeys through the ups and down of art, love, rock and roll. They will share writing strategies that have helped them move forward in creating book-length manuscripts and how they've coped with dredging up the sometimes painful past. Discussion will follow. Lynette Reini-Grandell and Venus de Mars are fiscal year 2019 recipients of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. 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.
Lynette, the granddaughter of Park Rapids' Harvey Konshok, is a frequent visitor to the area.
We carry her poetry collection, Wild Verge, in the store.
Christopher Ingraham December 14, 1PM Ingraham wrote a story for the Washington Post calling Red Lake Falls, Minnesota “the worst place to live in America.” And guess what? After a visit there, he decided to uproot his life and move his family to Red Lake Falls. The book is a “hilarious, charming, and candid story” of his experiences. A perfect gift for those who treasure ‘up north’ living—or those who should!
Ingraham will talk followed by a signing.
Christine Husom December 21, noon to 2:00
Take a breather from shopping the last Saturday before Christmas to chat with Christine Husom, author of the Winnebago County Mystery series and the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries, both set in Minnesota. Choose one or more of her books for the last few names on your list—and have the books autographed and gift wrapped
And don’t forget to redeem the 15% coupon on the back of the catalog, which is good through January 31, 2020!
Pre-Inventory Sale December 26 to 31
Inventory is coming, and whatever we sell we don’t have to count! Look for bargains throughout the store.
We’ll be open until 7:00 on the weekdays leading up to Christmas. (December 16 to 20; 23)
December 24—Close at 3:00
December 26 to 31—regular hours
January 1—closed January 5—Sunday hours change to 11:00 to 3:00 until May.
Used Book Hiatus
We will not accept used books during the month of December because of limitations of both time and space. We’ll gladly accept books again beginning January 2, 2020!
Celebrate Real People Monday with Libro.fm! Sunday, December 1 starting at at 5:00 a.m.
On Real People Monday, customers can take advantage of two special offers:
New members get 4 audiobooks for the price of 1—that’s $14.99 for 3 audiobook credits plus Circe, Audiobook of the Year—when they use code REALPEOPLE.
All Libro.fm customers can earn 2 free audiobooks by successfully referring a friend on Real People Monday.
Inventory is coming
We’re going to do inventory on January 12, 2020. Family, staff, and volunteers combine to get everything counted and have some fun. We’ll provide lunch and give you the staff discount for the day. We’ll start at 9:00 a.m. and go until 2:00 p.m. Let us know if you’d like to join us!
Night In/Morning In are approaching!
Night In and Morning In are our popular events for book groups and other book lovers. Jen and Sally recommend 20 books, and our publishers partner with us to provide refreshments and prizes. The event will be at the store and we’ll offer two identical sessions, January 18 in the evening and January 19 in the morning. Space each day will be limited and we’ll take reservations ahead of time. Mark your calendars—more information will be in next month’s newsletter.
Book covers are linked to our online store, where you’ll find a description of each book.
Nothing More Dangerous
This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger
Yuval Noah Harari
The Radium Girls
This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger
Field Guide to Dumb Birds
Waiting for White Horses, Nathan Jorgenson
Indestructibles: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Map Into the World
Kao Kalia Yang
This is Our Constitution
Never Coming Back
Nathan Jorgenson at Beagle and Wolf in November
Midwest Connection Picks
Nothing More Dangerous
When an African-American teenager and his family move in across the road, 15-year-old Boady discovers another side to things he’s always taken for granted in 1976 Missouri. As secrets hidden in plain sight slowly emerge, the boys come face-to-face with the forces that make a town, and a person, dangerous.
Catfishing on CatNet
Steph hasn’t lived anywhere longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.
My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story
John Coy, illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec
My Mighty Journey is the story of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River—and the changes it has witnessed over twelve thousand years. Written from the perspective of the waterfall, the narrative considers the people who lived nearby, the ways they lived, and how the area around the waterfall changed drastically in the past two centuries.
Internationally acclaimed artist Gaylord Schanilec created stunning visual images featuring material collected along the riverbank to show the progression of the waterfall as it moved fifteen miles upriver from present-day St. Paul to its current location in downtown Minneapolis.
What Color Is Night?
Look closer. Grant Snider's beautiful debut picture book explores the wonders-and colors-of nighttime. For night is not just black and white. Ending in colors yet unseen, and a night of sweet dreams, this lilting lullaby is sure to comfort those drifting off to sleep. With luminous art as spare and glowing as the moon, and lyrical text that reads like a friend leading the way through the wilderness, What Color Is Night? is a rich and timeless look at a topic of endless fascination, and a perfect bedtime read-aloud.