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Beagle and Sister Wolf combining

Changes are Coming for Sister Wolf Books and Beagle Books & Bindery!

The stores will be joining forces and operating in one location starting in May! (We’ve always called them sister stores, and now they’re moving in together!) Bob Wills, co-owner, will retire in May and he and Sally will become year-round residents of Park Rapids. Sally won’t retire, but will no longer work 70 hour weeks. We hope that with this move, both Sally and Jen will have more reasonable schedules and that Jen will have more time to work in the bindery. Although Sister Wolf’s heart will always be in Dorset, we look forward to the coming changes! And we’re looking for a new name for the combined store—something that includes the essence of both Sister Wolf and Beagle. Email your suggestions to

The stores are combining

Upcoming events

The Heartland Fall ForumHeartland fall Forum: Hundreds of Booksellers, thousand of books, one great community.Sally, Jen, and Jen’s husband  Tom are heading to the Heartland Fall Forum September 30 through October 2. That’s our annual trade show—the time when we meet authors and publishers, network with colleagues, hear what great titles are coming, and bring back tons of new books. We’ll have lots to show you when you’re in the store during October. 

There are lots of other reasons to be in the store in coming weeks—
here’s our schedule of events:

bookOctober 4, 11:00 to noon
Elizabeth Grace

Elizabeth Grace, an author with ties to the Park Rapids area, will be signing copies of her latest book, A Hollywood Tail. The book is a humor-filled story for children about one squirrel's journey to fame and his realization that being famous isn't all it's cracked up to be. Come by, welcome Elizabeth Grace back to town, and get a book for the children in your life.

bookbookOctober 16
Wendelin Van Draanen &
Mark Huntley Parsons
6:00 pm

Join us for an after hours event on Thursday, October 16! Wendelin Van Draanen & Mark Huntley Parsons will presenta program “For Readers & Writers of All Ages.”The couple will discuss books, writing, the book-to-movie experience, and how they managed to juggle day jobs, children, and sharing an office without bloodshed. Copies of their books will be available to purchase.

bookOctober 19, noon
Lorna Landvik

Mark October 19 on your calendar! The incomparable Lorna Landvik will be here for TWO events! She’ll be signing copies of her latest book, Best to Laugh, in the store noon to 1:00. At 1:00 we’ll  move to Good Life Café for lunch and a talk by Lorna. Stack o' Best to Laugh


Lorna is a comedian as well as writer and a talk by her is always hilarious!

Lunch will be a soup, salad, and sandwich buffet and there will be a cash bar. The lunch is a ticketed event. Tickets are $25 and will be available ONLY at Beagle Books. Space is limited; we recommend buying your ticket ahead of time.

bookOctober 25
Jody Schwen

Author Jody Schwen will be with us at noon on October 25 to sign copies of Northern Comfort. Here’s what Gail said about the book in last month’s newsletter: This book is a collection of both humorous and thoughtful accounts of living "up north" or as some call it out in the "boonies.” It's fun to pick this up and read a few chapters just before going to bed.

bookNovember 8, 5:00 to 7:00
Lin Enger

We have another off-site event scheduled for November 8. Join us at Belle Caffe’ and meet Lin Enger, the author of The High Divide. Lin will read from the book and sign copies, we’ll provide the appetizers, and a cash bar will be available. See Sally’s review.

BestSellers in September

Beagle Books

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Listener in the Snow
  The New Midwestern Table   Ordinary Grace Windigo Island   Best of Itasca

Sister Wolf Books
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Orphan Train   The Girl who Sang
to the Buffalo
  Tell the Wolves I'm Home   Little Mercies   Mary Coin

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Midwest Connections
Books or authors of particular interest to our region


The High Divide
by Lin Enger

Enger’s breathtaking portrait of the vast Plains landscape is matched by the rich expanse of his characters’ emotional terrain, as pivotal historical events—the turmoil of expansionism, the near total demise of the bison herds, and the subjugation of the Plains Indians—blend seamlessly with the story of a family’s sacrifice and devotion. See Sally’s review. Lin will join us for an event at Belle Caffe’ on November 8.

bookBest to Laugh 
by Lorna Landvik

No one steps up to life’s banquet, holds out her tray, and orders, “Grief, please!” But as a child, Candy Pekkala was served a heaping helping of it. Every buffet line has a dessert section, however, and when a cousin calls with a Hollywood apartment to sublet, it seems as though Candy is finally offered something sweet. It’s good-bye to Minnesota and hello to California, where a girl who has always lived by her wits has a real chance of making a living with them. With that, the irrepressible Lorna Landvik launches her latest irresistible character onto the world stage-or at least onto the dimly lit small stage where stand-up comedy gets its start. See above for information about our event with Lorna!

bookbookWanderville/On Track for Treasure
a series for readers 8 to 12
by Wendy McClure

These are the first two books in a historically rooted series that’s the Boxcar Children for a new era.
Wanderville introduces Jack, Frances, and Harold, kids who are being sent from New York City to Kansas on an orphan train. Along the way, they decide to change their fate and jump off the train. They wander into the woods and meet Alexander, who tells them they’ve come to Wanderville, where “all children in need of freedom” are accepted.

In the second book, the sheriff discovers Wanderville and the orphans who live there flee. They’re taken in by a seemingly kind couple who promise to adopt them. When a young sharecropper is blamed for stealing a fiddle Harold actually took, the citizens of Wanderville have to decide if they need to get their “town” back on track.


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