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August 2016


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One full month of summer is left, and we’ve planned some great events for you!

Olympic Fever

August 6

bookCelebrate the Olympics here!

The Rio Olympics will begin on August 5, and the very next day Patrick Mader will be in the store signing copies of Minnesota Gold. The book celebrates the perseverance and triumphs of fifty-seven diverse homegrown athletes from 1948 to 2014 as they pursued their dreams to compete in the greatest international competitions. In this book of inspiring biographies, Patrick  Mader shares the memorable conversations he had with the remarkable men and Paws Point Eventwomen who honored their sport, their state, and their country on the world stage over the last seven decades. Discover true Minnesota gold!


August 9
Tuesday, 7:00



Paws Point Event


Join us for an evening designed for book groups and book lovers. Our Penguin Random House rep will be with us, presenting books which are great for discussion. We’ll have goody bags and refreshments, and it will all be in air conditioned comfort. Plan to spend the evening with other folks who love books—what could be better? Just one thing, and we thought of that—we’ll give you a 20% discount on recommended books which you purchase or order that evening!


Penguin Random House books are among our favorites!

August 11
Paws Point EventBeagle Women’s Book Group: planning for the new season

We will meet in the basement of Beagle and Wolf to select books for the 2016-17 season. Come with suggestions and help us shape a knock-out line up of reads!


August 15
5:00 to 6:00




Paws Point EventGame Night, hosted by Megan.

Join us for this fun event for families! We’ll get out our game demos for a lively hour of play. Don’t know how to play the games?  We’ll show you how to play them! (Note: the games we’ll play are for ages 8 to adult.)

Paul Sailer

August 20

Meet Paul Sailer, the author of the newly released I had a Comrade, a collection of ten linked stores from World War II. Although aerial combat in the European theater is the primary backdrop for I Had a Comrade, the stories also include action in the Pacific, soldiering across Germany, sacrificing on the home front, life in a wartime village in Bavaria, and the gracious appreciation of the liberated people in a small commune in northern France.

bookCopies of Sailer’s earlier book, The Oranges are Sweet, will also be available. The Oranges are Sweet is a deeply moving story about twenty-two-year-old Major Don M. Beerbower and the men who served with him in the Air Force during World War II.

Paws Point Event

Register your book group with us!

We encourage local book groups to register with us. All it takes is a phone call to the store (218-237-2665) or an email ( giving us the name of your group, a contact person, and a schedule of meetings and books. We’ll do our best to stock your book, and will give your group members a 10% discount when they purchase books on your reading list. Already registered? Please check to make sure you’ve notified us of your upcoming reads and that we have up-to-date contact information.

We need used books!

Our customers are a great source for the used books we offer, and we’re always looking for more. Currently, we particularly need recent fiction, classics, and books for children and young adults. Books should be in good condition. Generally, we do not accept hard covers, except for picture books.

If we’re not able to accept particular books, we either return them or donate them to the library for you. We pay in store credit. It’s a great opportunity to loosen up those bulging bookshelves!

Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards

Annually, booksellers in our trade association celebrate their favorite Midwestern books of the year. These awards reflect the knowledge and passion of independent booksellers, who personally get behind the books they love.

2016 Winners

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

by J. Ryan Stradal
See Liz's review
Locally Laid
 by Lucie Amundsen
  Children's Picture Book
North Woods Girl
by Aimee Bissonette and Claudie McGehee
The Falling Down Dance

by Chris Martin
  YA & Middle Grade
Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart
by Jane St. Anthony

Bestsellers for July

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Perfume RIver Nights


Imagine Heaven


The Song of Hartgrove Hall



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CIrcling the Sun


My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You


Medicine Walk


Water and What We Know


Midwest Connection Picks


bookThe Bones of Paradise
by Jonis Agee

The award-winning author of The River Wife returns with a multi-generational family saga set in the unforgiving Nebraska Sandhills in the years following the massacre at Wounded Knee—an ambitious tale of history, vengeance, race, guilt, betrayal, family, and belonging, filled with a vivid cast of characters shaped by violence, love, and a desperate loyalty to the land.

Recommended if you like: Larry McMurtry, Louise Erdrich, Cormac McCarthy, Annie Proulx

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
by Amy Reichert

When Milwaukee mom M.J. Boudreaux realizes her husband Chris seems more interested in spending time at the casino than with her, she seeks out an activity to reignite their flame. Poker becomes her best bet and M.J. develops a knack for the game, winning a tournament prize trip to Vegas. Soon she must choose between her family and her new lifestyle, and the stakes are higher than she thought.

Recommended if you like Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

book The Hemingway Thief
by Shaun Harris

Small-time writer Henry Cooper goes on a hair-raising adventure in lawless Mexico to pursue a lost manuscript by Hemingway, which reveals a conspiracy involving the famous novelist and the contents of the legendary lost suitcase.

Recommended if you like: Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen


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