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What’s Happening in May?

Sister Wolf will open for the season at 10:00 on May 2! We’re excited and a little crazed as we get everything ready! As we’re working on this newsletter (April 22) there’s still a LOT of snow in Dorset, but you’re guaranteed a warm welcome inside Sister Wolf Books! We’re looking forward to welcoming you at both stores.

Here’s a schedule of activities at the stores in May:
May 2
10 a.m.
Sister Wolf opens.
May 9–11 The Governor’s Fishing Opener in Park Rapids and surrounding areas. For a complete schedule, go to, and click on links for the Governor’s Fishing Opener.
May 9 Most of the businesses in Dorset, including Sister Wolf, will be open to the public the evening of May 9.
May 10 Beagle will be open until 8:00 p.m.
May 11
12:30 p.m.
William Kent Krueger will be at Beagle, signing copies of his new book, Ordinary Grace.
May 15
9:00 a.m.
Members of the women’s book groups meet at Sister Wolf to select book group titles for the summer.
May 22
9:00 a.m.
The morning book group begins at Sister Wolf Books.
May 30
7:00 p.m.
The evening book group begins at Sister Wolf Books.
The schedule for book groups at Beagle is in the Book Group section of this newsletter.

KOBO logoHave you set up your KOBO account?

Buying e-books has never been easier! Stop by either store for help setting up a KOBO account. In less than 5 minutes, you’ll have access to three million e-books! You’ll be able to read e-books on your smart phone, I-pad, computer, and most e-readers

Introducing our new Staff in their own words

Beth I’m Beth Baker-Knuttila, a retired elementary teacher. I’ve always enjoyed reading, whether it is children's literature or adult works. Other interests include gardening, biking, genealogy and family history research, sewing and spending time outdoors, preferably in sunshine and warmth! I have three children and one, almost two (early June) grandchildren. I am delighted to join the staff at Sister Wolf Books.
Kim Hello, I'm Kim Erdahl, and I’m new to the Park Rapids area. I’m married with three children and two grandchildren, I enjoy needle work, baking, reading, and hiking with my husband and our dog. It has been a pleasure to meet Beagle Books guests, and I look forward to greeting many more.
I’m Lacy Hess, the single mother of an amazing three-year-old boy. We moved to the Park Rapids area in the summer of 2012. I can’t remember a time when I didn't have a passion for books, and I’m thrilled to have met so many people in this town who share my love of reading. I also enjoy writing and hope to have my own book(s) published someday.
Mariah ¡Hola! My name is Mariah Johnston and I’m a junior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. I play the oboe and English horn in the St. Olaf Orchestra. I love to downhill ski with my family. I also immensely enjoy traveling; my most recent trip was a study abroad program to Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Estonia, Finland, and Sweden during January. It was a wonderful experience
Ann My name is Ann Niedzielski. My husband and I have lived in Park Rapids for 26 years and have two sons who are young adults. I love teaching second grade at Century School in Park Rapids. Reading and exploring bookstores are among my favorite pastimes. My family and I enjoy spending time at Itasca State Park and on the Heartland Trail.

Best Sellers for April

1 The Icecutter’s Daughter, Tracie Peterson

  Tracie Peterson with Lacy Tracie Peterson and Lacy during a recent signing at Beagle Books
2 Ordinary Grace,
William Kent Krueger
3 Wild, Cheryl Strayed
4 Moloke’i, Alan Brennert
5 Benediction, Kent Haruf

Hannah EkrenNotes from Hannah

A Reflection (and a Promotion)

A year ago I was accepted into the University of Denver Publishing Institute. I was working at Beagle and Sister Wolf while taking time off from grad school and was a little bit lost. All I knew was that I loved books and I wanted to make them my life.

And now I’m in New York with my foot in the door of a great publishing house.  I thought that was enough for me for now—but I recently got a promotion! I’ve only been at this job for five months, so this was very surprising, but also exciting and a little scary. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks trying to learn a new job while still keeping up with my old one. Thankfully, things seem to be quieting back down a bit. It’s just incredible how my life has changed in just a year!

Editor’s note: Hannah was a bookseller at both Beagle Books & Bindery and Sister Wolf Books. She now works for a major publisher in New York City.

Midwest Connections
Books or authors of particular interest to our region

The Truth about Love and Lightning

Sinners and the Sea
by Rebecca Kanner

Kanner weaves a masterful tale that breathes new life into one of the Bible’s voiceless characters—the wife of Noah. Through her eyes, we see a complex world where the lines between righteousness and wickedness blur. And we are left wondering: Would I have been considered virtuous enough to save?

The Truth about Love and Lightning

Wisconsin Supper Clubs:
An Old-Fashioned Experience

by Ron Faiola

If you’re going to Wisconsin, and want to experience restaurants with local flavor, this is the book for you! Faiola profiles 14 supper clubs, including the regional specialities they serve and their  unique décor.

The Truth about Love and Lightning

Sleeping in Eden
by Nicole Baart

The lives of a middle-aged doctor and a love-struck young woman intersect across time in Sleeping in Eden, Nicole Baart’s haunting novel about love, jealousy, and the boundaries between loyalty and truth.

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