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Reading Road Trip
August 7 to 28

 Grab your friends or family and plan a fun reading road trip across Minnesota! Pick up a Up North Reading Road Trip passport from any of these 5 indie bookstores: Four Pines Bookstore, Bluebird Books, The Willow Bookstore, Cherry Street Books, or Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery. Visit each bookstore between August 7th to 28th to get your card punched for a giveaway! Each bookstore will have their own giveaways and prizes to win during this time. You will leave your passport at the last bookstore you visit for a chance to win a gift basket of books! Passports will be available August 7. Use the #ReadingUpNorth hashtag to share your road trip and the books you are reading!

Check here for updates.

Crazy Days Downtown Park Rapids Sale: August 4th & 5th

Crazy Days in Downtown Park Rapids
August 4 and 5

Shop local: come to the Downtown Park Rapids sale!

Allen EskensCary Griffith

book coverSigning Killing Monarchs
August 12, 1:00 to 3:00

Cary will be with us to sign Killing Monarchs, the latest Sam Rivers mystery, which will be released July 13. We’ll have the earlier books in the series as well as Burning Gunflint, Cary’s popular non-fiction book about the fire in the Boundary Waters.

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Bruce CarlsonBruce Carlson
August 19, 1:00 to 3:00

book coverBruce Carlson combines almost 70 years of observations, along with his training as a scientist, to provide a unique perspective on the natural history of the iconic north-central Minnesota lake Ten Mile Lake in Hackensack. From ice-out in the spring, through the open water season, to the next winter, this profusely illustrated book provides a vivid picture of the seasonal changes in a lake. The account of these changes includes not only observations of what can be seen above the surface and on the land surrounding the lake, but also almost 75 underwater videos (in the electronic version that accompanies the printed book) that depict in stunning detail the underwater landscape of a glacial lake and its inhabitants.

Much of what happens beneath the surface is unseen by most users of a lake. Underwater videos provide a unique window into that world. The author has taken and analyzed hundreds of hours of underwater videos of this lake over the past 30 years. This, plus his background as a fish biologist, has allowed him to paint a vivid picture of the complex seasonal rhythms of life that take place in any north country lake.

Double header at the Armory!
September 2

William Kent Krueger
1:00 to 2:30

William Kent KruegerWilliam Kent Krueger will be with us, speaking and signing copies of The River We Remember.

The book will be released on September 5, and we have special permission to sell it on the 2nd!!

Join us for this free event. Meet William Kent Krueger, hear him talk about his new book, and get an autographed copy!

The River We Remember is a stand-alone, not part of the Cork O’Connor series.

book coverIn 1958, a small Minnesota town is rocked by the murder of its most powerful citizen, pouring fresh fuel on old grievances in this dazzling standalone novel.

Both a complex, spellbinding mystery and a masterful portrait of midcentury American life The River We Remember is an unflinching look at the wounds left by the wars we fight abroad and at home, a moving exploration of the ways in which we seek to heal, and a testament to the enduring power of the stories we tell about the places we call home.

Amy ThielenAmy Thielen

We’re hosting the book launch for Amy Thielen’s new book, Company, at the Armory! Join us for this ticketed event celebrating the release of Amy’s newest cookbook!

Non-refundable tickets will be $50 in advance and $55 at the door. The event will include:

  • Hors d'oeuvres based on or inspired by recipes in Amy’s book
  • A talk by Amy
  • One book, which Amy will sign (Note: please don’t bring in books purchased elsewhere)
  • Live music
  • Cash bar
  • Additional books will be available for $40.00 plus tax.
  • Two people coming together wanting to purchase one book? An additional ticket will be available for $15.00

Tickets will be available at the store beginning August 1 and at soon.

book coverAbout Company:

In her much-anticipated follow-up to The New Midwestern Table, Amy writes, “no one will ever care about the food as much as you and I do.” Company will have you rethinking the way you entertain, throwing dinner parties that are less formal, more frequent, and as fun for the cook as for the guests. Preaching leniency, not-guilty pleasures, and the art of making it in advance, Amy soothes the most common party anxieties one by one. Her reflections on writing menus, produce shopping, and how to time a meal are novel but timeless. Not afraid of meat (but obsessed with vegetables), these 125 loyal recipes are arranged in menu form—from intimate dinner parties to larger holiday feasts to parties that serve up to twenty.

With a feast of gorgeous photography and plenty of down-in-the-pan cooking nerdery, Company encourages a return to the habit, and the joy, of cooking for family and friends.

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Fall Retreats “Women Pushing the Boundaries”
October 6–8 and 13–15

Three countries, three eras. In all of them we’ll encounter women challenging societal norms meant to hold them back.

Our books will be:

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The Woman They Could Not Silence
by Kate Moore
  The Unbreakable Heart of Oliva Denaro
by Viola Ardone
  Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner: The paperback will be released August 1.

If you buy books for the retreat, we expect you to buy them from us. We’ll give you a 10% discount.

Our fall retreats are a chance to get away for a relaxing weekend, talking about books with a great group of women, eating food someone else has prepared, all at a leisurely pace.

Identical retreats will be held October 6–8 and 13–15. Currently we have two rooms (each can accommodate 1 or 2 people) available for October 6-8 and the October 13–15 retreat is full, with a waiting list. Lots can change between now and October so if you’re interested, we encourage you to either sign up for October 6-8 (a $75 deposit will hold your place) or add your name to the wait list for October 13–15 (no deposit required to be on the wait list.) A registration form is available at the store and will be sent to those who have already signed up for the retreat.

The cost of the retreat is $375.00, due two weeks before the event. If you’re not able to come, let us know right away. The deposit and balance are non-refundable unless we fill your spot.

All participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID.

July Bestsellers

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where you’ll find a description of each book.

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When Women were Dragons
Kelly Barnhill


Meet Me at the Lake
Carley Fortune


The Writer and the Engineer
Niomi Phillips


The Barrens
Kurt Johnson

  O Beautiful
Jung Yun
  This Time Tomorrow
Emma Straub
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Toby’s Last Resort
Pamela Carter Joern


True North Cabin Cookbook
Stephanie Hansen


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid


Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden, Zhuqing Li

  The Last Thing He Told Me
Laura Dave
  The Seed Keeper
Diane Wilson
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The Midnight Library
Matt Haig
  Goodnight Loon
Abe Sauer
  And There He Kept Her
Joshua Moelling
  100 things to Do in Minnesota
Julie Jo Larson
  The Megavan
Mark Therrien
  Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah Maas

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