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August 2019

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Chris Norbury

Chris Norbury signing
August 9, 1:00 to 3:00

book coverbook coverMinnesotan Chris Norbury is the award-winning author of the suspense-thriller Castle Danger. His new novel, Straight River, is the prequel to Castle Danger and the first book of a planned trilogy. The stories feature Matt Lanier, a southern Minnesota farm-kid-turned-professional-musician whose comfortable middle-class world is turned upside down by a conspiracy of powerful, ambitious, violent men.

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Rep Night
August 20, 7:00

Great new books have been coming out in paperback this summer! Jason Gobble, our Random House rep, will be with us for the evening, recommending his favorites. Join us for an after hours  evening of fun, good books, and great people. Invite members of your book group!


Kalia Kao Yang

Kalia Kao Yang at the Nemeth Art Center
August 21, 6:30

book coverbook coverYang will be the visiting writer at the North Beach Writer’s Retreat on memoir writing. Her memoirs, The Latehomecomer and The Song Poet, tell the story of her Hmong family and traces their journey from southeast Asia to Minnesota.The books have received many awards, and our customers have enjoyed meeting her over the years. book coverShe will be giving a talk, free and open to the public, at the Nemeth Art Center at on August 21 at 7:00.

A social time, sponsored by the League of Women Voters will preced the talk at 6:30. We’ll be thereto sell copies of The Latehomecomer and The Song Poet, and to take pre-orders for Kalia’s forthcoming children book, A Map of the World, which will be available in the fall.

William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger will be in the store,
signing copies of This Tender Land!

August 29, 1:00 to 2:00

book coverKrueger has stepped away from the Cork O’Connor series to give us an adventure story set in 1932, during the Great Depression. Although the stories are unrelated, Krueger calls This Tender Land a companion to his earlier book, Ordinary Grace.

The book will be released September 3. In a scheduling quirk, Krueger will be at Beagle and Wolf on August 29 for a signing—yes, before the release date for the book. We will have copies of the book available that day and are accepting pre-orders now.

Sally’s review of This Tender Land.

Ever wonder why independent booksellers love William Kent Krueger?


Chris Norbury

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Tim Jollymore
August 30, 11:00 to 1:00

Tim Jollymore, a regular visitor to the store, will be here to sign copies of his latest book, People You’ve Been Before.



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Marcie Rendon
August 31, 1:00 to 3:00

Marcie Rendon will be in the store to sign copies of her books. Rendon, a citizen of the White Earth Nation, is an award-winning poet, playwright, performance artist, and activist.

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Our Lake Lodge
Fall Reading Retreat
October 25 to 27

Our annual fall Reading Retreat will be October 25 to 27 at Our Lake Lodge, about 8 miles north of Park Rapids. The theme will be “The Circle of Life.” Our books will be The Line Tender, Late Migrations, and Prodigal Summer. We’ll be exploring the connections between the natural and human worlds—as well as relaxing and enjoying great conversation and food. Call (218-237-2665), email (, or stop by the store for registration materials.

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Chris Norbury


End of Season Sale!
August 30 and September 1

Great bargains—more information closer to the end of the month.

July Bestsellers

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The Lost Forest
Phyllis Root


Paris by the Book
Liam Callanan


Field Guide to Dumb Birds
Matt Kracht


There There
Tommy Orange


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman

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Michael Ondaatje


Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens


Sarah Stonich


The Girl in
Building C

Mary Krugerud


The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris

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Desolation Mountain
William Kent Krueger


Chronicles of a Radical Hag
Lorna Landvik


Never Coming Back
Alison McGhee



book coverPre-order the new Louise Penny book!

We’re currently taking pre-orders for A Better Man, the latest Armand Gamache book by Louise Penny. The book will be released on August 27.

The publisher is providing a limited edition gift with each pre-order—a lovely enamel pin of three pines! See Sally’s review of the book.





Now in Paperback
Two of our favorite books from the past year will be out in paperback this month!


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Witch Elm
Tana French

This book arrived in the store the end of July. See Sally’s review.

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Virgil Wander
Leif Enger

We’re expecting the paperback of Virgil Wander in the store August 20. Here’s Ann’s review of the book reprinted from an earlier issue of the newsletter.




Sally, Leif, and Jen

  Sally, Leif Enger, and Jen at last fall’s trade show.

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Midwest Connection Picks


book coverThe Lager Queen
J. Ryan Stradal

​Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can’t help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself.

With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: “Drink lots. It’s Blotz.” Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen’s is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home…if it’s not too late.

Meanwhile, Edith’s granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up—will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family? 


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We Will Tell You Otherwise

Beth Mayer

Winner of the Hudson Prize in Fiction, We Will Tell You Otherwise is a commanding and powerful debut short story collection. Keenly observed, funny, and occasionally heartbreaking, we meet odd, engaging characters who ask us to listen and to take them seriously. With a compelling range of voice and form, Mayer’s stories offer startling encounters with human nature, compassion, and hope..


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State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation

Melissa Isaacson

State is the story of the Niles West high school girls' basketball team, who would go on to defeat eventual Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee's East St. Louis team in the 1979 Illinois state final. In telling their story. Isaacson shows readers how a group of "tomboys" found themselves and each other, how basketball rescued them from their collective frustrations and troubled homes, and how the experience forever altered the course of their lives.



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The Curse of the Werepenguin

Allan Woodrow

When a mysterious baron sends for orphan Bolt Wattle, the boy hopes to find his parents, but instead gets turned into a werepenguin and has three days to reverse the curse, return to human form, and stop the Baron from taking over the country of Brugaria with his army of mind-controlled penguins.


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