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May 2015

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It's time! Yes, we're on!


Taa daa!
Our new name is Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery!

Our hope is that you’ll find the best of both stores here and that both Beagle and Sister Wolf customers will feel at home. Our first month under the new name will be busy! Read on to discover what we have planned for you!

And check out our new website,

May 2, 2015: Independent Bookstore Day

Paws Points EventMay 2, Independent Book Store Day

Over 400 Independent Book Stores across the country will be celebrating all that makes them unique on May 2!

bookJoin in the fun at Beagle and Wolf, 9:00 to 5:00. Tim Jollymore will be signing Listener in the Snow 11:30 to 2:00, and Debbie Center will be on our piano starting at noon.

We’ll have exclusive, limited edition merchandise produced just for the event. Here’s our favorite—just what the well-dressed baby (or grandbaby) of readers needs.

And we'll serve refreshments!

If you won’t be in Park Rapids on May 2, find an independent book store near you and join in the fun there.

A sure sign that summer is on the way—the Sister Wolf Women’s Book groups are beginning!

Anyone interested in helping  choose the reading list for both groups for summer is invited to join us in the store
on May 13, 9:00 a.m. Bring suggestions, too! If we have your suggestions ahead of time, we’ll have the books in the store.

The groups will begin on May 20th (morning) and May 27th (evening): see which books have been selected.

Paws Points Event
We’ll be celebrating our Grand Re-Opening Memorial Day Week-end, May 22 to 25.

Highlights will include:

bookJill and Deane Johnson will be in the store noon to 2:00 on May 23, signing copies of Little Minnesota and The Best of Itasca: A Guide to Minnesota's Oldest State Park

Everything with Sister Wolf Books or Beagle Books & Bindery on it will be on sale!
This includes totes, travel mugs, and t-shirts

Bindery tours will be offered at 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
(Each tour is limited to 6 people—we’ll repeat if necessary.)book

Select artwork from Sister Wolf Books on sale.
For more information, or to inquire about a particular piece, email

We’ll start summer hours on May 22:

Monday to Friday 8:30 to 6:30
Saturday 9:00 to 5:00
Sunday 10:00 to 4:00

Paws Points EventOn May 30 we’ll be partnering with the Headwaters Animal Shelter
and author David Wheaton for a fun event.

bookDavid was an international tennis star and is a radio personality (he’ll broadcast his weekly program from Park Rapids on the 30th) who has written a moving account of his relationship with a special dog. David will be inside the store, noon to 2:00, reading from and signing copies of My Boy, Ben.

At the same time, we’ll host an animal adoption event in our back yard. Headwater Animal Shelter will be present with animals which are available for adoption. And we’ll have treats for everyone—dog-shaped cookies for humans, dog treats for dogs!

Here’s a trailer for David’s book.

Bestsellers for April

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New Midwestern

To Everything
a Season


Harvest of Hope


Untamed Heart


The Art of Racing
in the Rain


Mama and Baby!


Indies Choice Awards

Here are the winners of the 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards, chosen by independent booksellers across the U.S.:

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Adult Fiction:
All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr


Adult Nonfiction:
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

by Atul Gawande


Adult Debut:
The Martian

by Andy Weir


Young Adult:
The Darkest Part of the Forest

by Holly Black

Can’t Wait until Banned Book Week in the fall?

Here’s an annotated list of the most challenged books of the past year.

Now in Paperback

Two of the books we’ve recommended in recent months are now available in paperback.

bookThe High Divide
by Lin Enger

In 1886, Ulysses Pope leaves his family with no explanation. His wife, Gretta, and sons soon follow his trail. Only near the end of the book does the reason for Ulysses’ quest become clear. It’s novel about returning home after war, redemption, and the love of family. I think it is quite wonderful.


bookNot My Father’s Son
by Alan Cumming

Generally speaking, I am not a fan of memoirs by celebrities no matter how much I might enjoy their work. That said, I loved this book. I have been a fan of Alan Cumming as an actor and singer for many years, but now I am a fan of the writer. Brutally honest, vulnerable, funny, a bit tragic and, in the end, so hopeful…what a great read!  Whether or not you know his work, (probably best known for his ongoing role as Eli Gold on The Good Wife), his book is one that I would recommend. I expect to read it more than once. 



Midwest Connection Picks


bookBeneath the Bonfire

Short stories by Nickolas Butler

Young couples gather to participate in an annual “chainsaw party,” cutting down trees for firewood in anticipation of the winter. A group of men spend a weekend hunting for mushrooms in the wilderness where they grew up, and where some still find themselves trapped. An aging environmentalist takes out his frustration and anger on a singular, unsuspecting target. A woman helps another get revenge against a man whose crime extends far beyond him to an entire community.

In these ten stories, Nickolas Butler demonstrates his talent for portraying “a place and its people with such love that you’ll find yourself falling for them, too,” evoking an American landscape that will be instantly recognizable to readers of his debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs.

bookEnchantment Lake
A young adult mystery by Margi Preus
A disturbing call from her great aunts sends seventeen-year-old Francie from her new home in New York to a remote lake in the northwoods where her aunts’ neighbors are “dropping like flies” from strange accidents. But are they accidents? On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as Francie begins to investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisoned hot dish, a puzzling confession, eerie noises in the bog, and a legendary treasure that is said to be under enchantment—or is that under Enchantment, as in under the lake? At the center of everything is a suddenly booming business in cabin sales and a road not everyone wants built.

The intrigue proves irresistible, especially when it draws Francie closer to the mysteries at the heart of her own life: What happened to her father? Who and where is her mother? Who is she, and where does her heart lie—in the bustle of New York City or the deep woods of Minnesota? With its gripping story, romantic spirit, and a sly dash of modern-day trouble, Enchantment Lake will fascinate readers, providing precisely the charm that Margi Preus’ readers have come to expect.

Preus will be in the store for Author Fest on June 20

bookMidwest Maize
Nonfiction by Cynthia Clampitt

Cynthia Clampitt tells the lively saga of maize’s rise from obscure origins in Mesoamerica to the Midwest’s—and America’s—most significant crop. It is consumed in seemingly unending ways, from straight off the cob to ingredients in thousands of processed foods. It is the main ingredient in animal feed and it is even converted into the ethanol that powers our cars. Corn is inextricably linked to Midwestern history, and Clampitt tells the incredible tale well. Midwest Maize is carefully researched, insightful and delightful to read.


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