Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery Newletter
         Books and News to Give You Paws

Detail from Children's Bookweek poster May 2023


Page One | Staff Picks | Youth Yak | Book Groups News

Read Books Spark Change: Children's Book Week 2023 poster

Children's Book Week
May 1 to 7

Books have a powerful impact on children, one that will be celebrated during Children’s Book Week (and all year, we hope!) Here’s a link for information on encouraging children to read.

As part of our celebration, all used picture books will be 25% off May 1 to 7. We have a great selection, and this is an economical way to add to your library at home or in the classroom!

vintage Sister Wolf logo
Sister Wolf Books Group to resume meeting!

Our summer book group for women will begin May 24, at 9:00 AM. Books for the first two meetings have been selected. To help shape the rest of the summer’s reading list, join us at the store at 10:00 on May 17. Bring suggestions!

The group will meet in the young adult area of the store (the back room) at 9:00 AM every other week beginning May 24. It’s an open group which welcomes newcomers. We ask that if you purchase the books for discussion, you buy them from us. Group members receive a 10% discount on books for discussion.

Evants page screen shot


What’s Going on this Summer?

We’re firming up commitments for events for the summer months. For the latest information, check the Events page on our web site. Highlights of the summer will be our Annual Author Fest on June 17, Where’s Waldo? the month of July, and events with William Kent Krueger and Amy Thielen on September 2.

Each event will be highlighted on our Facebook page a few days before it occurs.

book cover

Congratulations, Cindie Ekren!

Cindie EkrenCindie Ekren, a long-time employee at Beagle Books who now lives out of state recently posted this on her Facebook page:

“After a few fits and starts, I got it done and The Class of Perfection is now available to order from your favorite Indie Bookstore! Might I suggest a favorite? Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery in Park Rapids, MN. I learned so much about the book business there working as a bookseller for 10 years, first for Jill  and Deane, and then Jennifer Wills Geraedts and Sally Wills! I was just thinking this morning about how I learned a lot about Russian history from a customer who was a retired history professor specializing in Russia. That was a good day!”

Let us know if you’d like a copy of Cindie’s book and we’ll order one for you.


April Bestsellers

Book covers are linked to our online store,
where you’ll find a description of each book.

book cover book cover book cover book cover

The Ogress and the Orphans
Kelly Barnhill


Goodnight Loon
Abe Sauer


Forsaken Country
Allen Eskens


The Life We Bury
Allen Eskens

book cover   book cover   book cover   book cover

The Seed Keeper
Diane Wilson


Stolen Focus
Johann Hari


Nothing More Dangerous
Allen Eskens


Quarks, Chaos & Christianity
John  Polkinghorne

book cover   book cover   book cover   book cover
The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave   The Four Winds
Kristin Hannah
  Family Cookbook Recipe Journal
Rockridge Press
  Iron Lake
William Kent Krueger
book cover book cover
The Woman They Could Not Silence
Kate Moore
  The Stolen Hours
Allen Eskens

Paws for Poetry

book cover

You Could Make This Place Beautiful
Maggie Smith  

Maggie Smith, the Ohio poet (not to be confused with Dame Maggie Smith, the brilliant British actress), has just released a memoir and it's amazing. It is, in the author's words, a "tell-mine" (instead of a tell-all) about the creation and dissolution of her marriage. If I didn't know better, I would think this book was created specifically for me, because it has many elements I love. The writing is honest, direct, and beautiful. The reader is addressed as "Reader" (yes, I love that), and in part of the author's addressing the reader is commentary on the book's structure - the "plot", foreshadowing, etc. There are a number of questions and metaphors revisited throughout the book. One of my favorites is a quote from Emily Dickinson: “I am out with lanterns looking for myself.” This marriage produced two children and the author is careful to honor their privacies and is forthright about not sharing everything. For example, when she and her ex-husband sit their children down to tell them that the marriage is ended, the author tells us, this is not for you..... The title of the book comes from the author's most well-known poem, "Good Bones.” I highly recommend you listen to the author read this poem herself.  I mostly read You Could Make This Place Beautiful by listening to the audiobook, which is read by the author. She's a fantastic reader and as I said, it’s an amazing book. logo

paw print


— page top —


Page One | Staff Picks | Youth Yak | Book Groups News

About Us|Book Groups|Events|Bindery|Newsletter|Place an Order|Life in Community   
How to Find Us|Contact Us|Links|Home


Newsletter Archives Copyright 2015 Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery: Designed by Hannah Jennings Design