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July 2014

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Lazy, Hazy, and Crazy Days: Summer Is Here at Last


Beagle Books 8th Annual Pie Baking Contest & Auction

Beagle Books will host a fund raiser for the Park Rapids Public Library on the 4th of July. To enter a pie, bring it to Beagle between 9 and noon on the 4th. The entry fee is $5 (Pie pans will not be returned.) The Pie contest provides two ways to support the library.

One is to vie for the chance to be the Pie Champ and win prizes donated by the Friends of the Library!

Pies!Categories are:

Double crust
Single crust
Custard or Cream
Juvenile (any pie entered by an 8-12 year old)

More pies!The other way to support the library is to attend the pie auction, which begins on Main Street (Pioneer Park) in Park Rapids at 3:30. It’s a great way to have a yummy dessert without having to bake, and all in support of a worthy cause!

This year’s celebrity judge will be Jeanne Cooney, the author of Hot Dish Heaven and the recently released A Second Helping of Murder and Recipes. We know Jeanne is qualified as a judge because during her recent visit to Beagle, she told us she’d had rhubarb custard pie for breakfast!


Jeanne will be signing copies of her books at Beagle at 11:00 on the 4th.


Sister Wolf and Beagle Books help support the Park Rapids fireworks show!

All businesses in Dorset will be open as usual on July 4.

However, we’ll close at 8:00 so we can go to the fireworks!


Fireworks!We love this Painting
of a Saintly reader

Beagle Books and Sister Wolf Books are partnering with the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids this season. We’re sponsoring St. Jerome with Books. We encourage you to visit “our picture” and the other wonderful paintings at the Art Center.


Waldo on parade

Where’s Waldo is back
for the month of July!

Waldo on paradeIt’s a scavenger hunt.
It’s free. It's fun...

...and there are prizes!

Sister Wolf’s
20th Birthday Party!

July 20, 2:00 to 4:00

We’ll be serving cake (as long as it lasts) and coffee, and drawing to give away four totes of books. (Register to win one each time you’re in the store June 21 to July 20.)

Come with a Sister Wolf story or memory to share.

Wear a Sister Wolf shirt or cap and win a book!

All regularly priced merchandise on sale July 20 for 20% off. (May not be combined with other discounts.)

Drive by signing at Sister Wolf
July 11, a little after 4:00

Mary Logue and Victoria Houston will join us for a drive by signing and meet and greet. What’s a drive by signing? Come and find out! (We think it means they won’t be here long.)


BestSellers in June

Beagle Books

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Best of Itasca
  The New Midwestern Table

  Fatal Distraction
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Guide to the North Country National Scenic Trail in Minnesota

  The Fault in Our Stars    

Sister Wolf Books
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Ordinary Grace   The New Midwestern Table

  Delivering Death
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Best of Itasca
  Prairie Silence   The Fault in Our Stars

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Midwest Connections
Books or authors of particular interest to our region

bookLittle Mercies
A paperback novel by Heather Gudenkauf

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Editor’s Note: Emily just finished reading this book, and is eager to talk about it!

bookMy Family and Other Hazards

A Memoir by June Melby in hardcover

A funny, heartwarming memoir about saying goodbye to your childhood home, in this case a quirky, one-of-a-kind, family-run miniature golf course in the woods of Wisconsin.

The Qualities of Wood

A paperback novel by Mary Vensel White.
When Betty Gardiner dies, leaving behind an unkempt country home, her grandson and his young wife take a break from city life to prepare the house for sale. Nowell Gardiner leaves first to begin work on his second mystery novel. By the time his wife Vivian joins him, a real mystery has begun: a local girl has been found dead in the woods behind the house. Even after the death is ruled an accident, Vivian can’t forget the girl and can’t ignore the strange behavior of her neighbors, or her husband.


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