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July Events

Shop Local: Find Waldo Here!

Find Waldo—Park Rapids

July 1-31

Sponsored by Beagle and Wolf, businesses in our community will come together to host a community wide Shop Local scavenger hunt. Get your passport at one of the participating businesses (they’ll have a window cling on the front door) and start looking for Waldo! You’ll be eligible for prizes throughout the month, and for the Grand Prize awarded in a party at Beagle and Wolf on July 31! It’s a fun event for the whole family!

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Keith Lesmeister
July 1, noon to 2:00

Keith Lesmeister will be reading from We Could’ve Been Happy Here, followed by a signing. In this collection of short fiction, he plows out a distinctive vision of the contemporary Midwest. These stories peer into the lives of those at the margins-the broken, the resigned, the misunderstood. Hopeful and humorous, tender and tragic, these stories illuminate how we are shaped and buoyed by our intimate connections. Keith will be coming from Iowa for the event—help us welcome him!


Pecan Pie
The 11th Annual July 4 Pie Baking Contest and Auction

Support the Park Rapids Library with pie! Beagle and Wolf Books will host the 11th annual pie baking contest and auction. All proceeds go to the Park Rapids Area Library.

To enPies!ter, bring your pie to Beagle and Wolf by noon on July 4.
Entry fee is $5. Categories are: 

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

Prizes will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Cherry PieThe pies will be auctioned off at 3:30ish at Pioneer Park in downtown Park Rapids. It’s a great way to have a yummy dessert without having to bake,
and all in support of a worthy cause!

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Elisa Korenne
July 15, noon to 2:00

Singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne will give a book talk, sing and play her guitar, and sign copies of Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story. The book recounts what what happened when she moved from New York City to rural Minnesota for love, and found there's more to life than music.

Buy the book on the 15th, read it, and join Elisa when she returns on August 9 at 10:00 to discuss it!


book coverAimee Bissonette

July 22, noon to 2:00

One of our favorite children’s books is North Woods Girl, the story of a young girl with a grandmother who introduces her to the wonders of the natural world. Author Aimee Bissonette will be in the store, signing copies of the book. Do you think we can talk her into reading it for us?

book coverFrank Weber
July 22, noon to 2:00

Frank Weber will be in the store to sign copies of Murder Book. (Murder book is a term for a cold case where a homicide is suspected.)

Jon Frederick spent his adolescence protecting his mentally ill brother and worrying about his parents' farm as it headed toward bankruptcy. So when Mandy Baker, the alluring new girl in town, pursued him, he was easily enamored. But on the day he ended their relationship, Mandy vanished. There is no doubt in the small Minnesota town of Pierz that the flirtatious girl is dead, and there is little doubt that Jon got away with murder. A decade later, Jon is made an investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. While investigating a case near his hometown, he quietly reopens the murder book on Mandy Baker and begins to see commonalities between Mandy's disappearance and his new case. As the investigation intensifies, Jon realizes he has crossed paths with the killer before.

Frank Weber is a forensic psychologist.




Waldo Party and drawing for the Grand Prize!
July 31, 5:00

June Bestsellers

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Give a Girl a Knife
Amy Thielen


Once in a Blue Moon Lodge
Lorna Landvik


The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander


Another Brooklyn
Jacqueline Woodson


Al Franken: Giant of the Senate
Al Franken

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Locally Laid
Lucie Amundsen


Deep Woods, Wild Water
Douglas Wood


Delivering Death
Julie Kramer


The Song Poet
Kao Kalia Yang



Midwest Connection Picks

bookSouth Pole Station
Ashley Shelby

Do you have digestion problems due to stress? Do you have problems with authority? How many alcoholic drinks do you consume a week? Would you rather be a florist or a truck driver? 

These are the questions that decide who has what it takes to live at South Pole Station, a place with an average temperature of -54°F and no sunlight for six months a year. Cooper Gosling has just answered five hundred questions and her results indicate she is strange enough for Polar life. Cooper’s not sure if this is an achievement, but she knows she has nothing to lose. Unmoored by a recent family tragedy, she’s adrift at thirty and—despite her early promise as a painter—on the verge of sinking her career. So she accepts her place in the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers Program and flees to Antarctica—where she encounters a group of misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own.

A winning comedy of errors set in the world’s harshest place, South Pole Station is a wry and witty debut novel about the courage it takes to come together, even as everything around you falls apart.

​For readers of dysfunctional family dramas such as Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's The Nest (but in Antarctica, with beards)

book Tough Luck
Todd Boss

Todd Boss came to Sister Wolf Books a number of years ago with his first book of poetry, Yellowrocket, and wowed us. We’re expecting the same excitement around his latest book, Tough Luck. At the center of the book is a poem about the ill-fated I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis and its disastrous collapse, which killed 13 people and injured 145. The freighted, swiftly moving poems in Tough Luck crisscross the chasm between peril and safety as if between opposing riverbanks, revealing a frequently heart-stopping view of the muscled waters below. Marriage, family, home—all come crashing down, but Todd Boss rebuilds with his trademark musicality and “a reverent gusto for representing the tactile aspects of human life.”

Boss is also the founding artistic director of Motionpoems, a film company in Minneapolis. Visit
to experience this unique combination of poetry and video.

book Dear Cyborgs
Eugene Lim

In a small Midwestern town, two Asian American boys bond over their outcast status and a mutual love of comic books. Meanwhile, in an alternative or perhaps future universe, a team of superheroes ponders modern society during their time off. Between black-ops missions and rescuing hostages, they swap stories of artistic malaise and muse on the seemingly inescapable grip of market economics. Playfully blending comic-book villains with cultural critiques, Dear Cyborgs is a fleet-footed literary exploration of power, friendship, and creativity. Ambitious and knowing, it braids together hard-boiled detective pulps, subversive philosophy, and Hollywood chase scenes.


bookThe Marsh King’s Daughter
Karen Dionne

Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. No electricity, no heat, no running water, not a single human beyond the three of them. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature—fishing, tracking, hunting. And despite her father’s odd temperament and sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too…until she learned precisely how savage he could be.

More than twenty years later, Helena has buried her past so completely that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marshland he knows better than anyone else. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls The Marsh King—because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.


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