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Author Fest is coming June 15!

Author Fest, our annual celebration of Minnesota authors and their books, is a great chance to visit with authors, meet new authors, and purchase signed books.

The event will be at the American Legion, 900 E. 1st St. (Highway 34.)

Check the Events page on this website to see the authors as we add them.

Will Weaver will be at Author Fest, but if you’d like to hear him speak at length, check out this podcast of his interview with Zachary Johnson of Northwestern Voices.

         (Authors appearances are subject to change.)

book coverLinda Grover
June 22, noon to 2:00 
Linda Grover

We’re looking forward to welcoming the store’s friend Linda Grover on June 22. We’ll have copies of her latest book, A Song Over MIskwaa Rapids, as well as her earlier books. Come in to chat with one of the loveliest authors you’ll meet.



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book coverLisa Bolt Simons
June 29, noon to 2:00

Lisa Bolt SimonsLisa Bolt Simons will be signing copies of Boxed Out: A Choose Your Path Basketball Book.

Moving to a new town isn't easy, especially when you're in high school. But at least you have basketball. It's a great way to keep busy and to make new friends—or so you think. Not everyone in this small town is eager to welcome you. No matter how hard you practice, no matter how well you play, you feel like an outsider.

You're the main character in this interactive sports adventure that's two stories in one Play as Isiah, and try to earn your way into the starting lineup. It won't be possible unless you convince the coach and his star player—his son—the importance of teamwork. Then become Imani, and see if you can overcome bullying by a few of your teammates. You'll need to win them over to have a shot at winning the big game.

It's a game within a game. Here's how it works:

  • Become the main character. Make choices that affect what happens.
  • Collect points along the way to upgrade your skills.
  • Utilize your upgrades to win the game at story's end.

Interactive books for kids are more popular than ever. Create your own adventure with the Choose to Win book series for boys and girls. You're the main character. You make the choices. Will you find your way to a championship finish?

book coverMike Doughtery
June 29, noon to 2:00

Lisa Bolt SimonsMike Dougherty will be signing copies of Como Flats. 

Discover a tale of human authenticity told through a sweet-souled alcoholic who means well and sees good in people.

When the residents of Como Flats see Lonnie Klipsen in the same bar, drinking the same beer, telling the same stories, night after night, year after year, they ask themselves, "How can a man with so little lose so much?"

With no close family and no significant other, Lonnie and his longtime roommate, Stan, etch out an obscure corner of Como Flats to live their lives in modest simplicity.

When personal losses hit close to home, Lonnie struggles to process the feelings, cultivate friendships, and search for a place of belonging and love. A colorful cast of characters kaleidoscopes in and out of Lonnie's life, proving the perceived unrequited love of his life wasn't so unrequited after all.

Mike is an attorney is St. Paul and has been selling beer at Twins’ games since he started law school. We’re thinking he’ll have some great stories to tell!

The shop in summer Summer Schedule

Beginning May 26, we open 10:00 to 4:00 on Sundays.
Beginning June 3, we open 9:00 to 5:30, Monday through Friday.
Saturday hours will stay the same, 9:00 to 5:00.

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Registration Now Open for Fall Reading Retreats!

October 11 to 13 and 25 to 27

book coverOur fall retreats are a chance to get away for a relaxing weekend, talking about books with a great group of women and eating food someone else has prepared, all at a leisurely pace. We’ll all read the same three books around the theme Finding Her Voice. The books will be Gilded Mountain, How to Say Babylon, and The Brightest Star. Gilded Mountain is in the store now. The other two books will be released in paperback in July.

Identical retreats will be held October 11 to 13 and 25 to 27. The second retreat is full, with a waiting list, but there is still space available for the first weekend.

The cost of the retreat will be $395.00. We encourage you to register now with a $100 deposit. (Non-refundable unless we fill your spot.) There is no charge to place your name on the waiting list for the second week-end.

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Rebekah in a Park Rapids 4th of July shirt

Fireworks Fundraiser

Are you one of the many who love Park Rapids’ Fireworks display on July 4? It’s sponsored by the local Rotary Club and made possible with donations from people just like you! This year, Rotary is selling fireworks t-shirts. Most sizes are $20; $15 goes to the Fireworks fund. Get yours today at Beagle and Wolf!

May Bestsellers at Beagle and Wolf

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


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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Charlie Mackesy

  I Cheerfully Refuse
Leif Enger

Evergreen Home
Kathy Thompson


Margaret Verble

  Power & Light
Will Weaver
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The River We

William Kent Krueger

One Hundred Saturdays
Michael Frank


Jesus and John Wayne
Kristin Kobes Du Mez


Within Arm’s Reach
Ann Napolitano

  The Women
Kristin Hannah
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Geraldine Brooks


Kobi Yamada


The Life We Bury
Allen Eskens


Just for the Summer
Abby Jimenez

  Crow Mary
Kathie Grissom

Paws for Poetry Jen


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Poems on Nature
Introduction by Helen Macdonald, edited by Gaby Morgan

I'm a sucker for good poetry and I'm sucker for Helen Macdonald, so when I came across this gem, Poems on Nature, I was all in immediately.

While Helen Macdonald is better known for her essay collections ("H is for Hawk" and "Vesper Flights" in particular) than poetry, she's an ideal choice to introduce this collection. The book is a slim volume (192 pages—very possible for a 1-sit read) of older poetry of North America, the UK, and Ireland, divided by seasons. While I consumed this collection in one sitting, it would be a great book to savor, reading poems from each season throughout the year. The collection includes Browning, Dickinson, Blake, Hardy, Houseman, Teasdale, Shakespeare, Charlotte Mew, the ever-popular "Anon,” and more. This would make an excellent gift!



Cookbook Corner

book coverAround Our Table
Sara Forte

Hi, welcome back to Cookbook Corner! 

This month’s cookbook is Around Our Table by Sara Forte. 

Have you ever wished you could do restaurant looking meals at home?

Leaning more toward healthy recipes that taste good?

I believe this is the book for you! It’s filled with practical recipes for colorful and flavor packed meals. 

I would proudly serve food from these recipes at Wonewok: high class, quality recipes.

This book has recipes for throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch, appetizers and/or snacks, dinner, and dessert.

If you're a foodie and love to cook, check this one out. So very fun!

Happy Cooking!!


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