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September Events

William Kent Krueger
William Kent Krueger

September 2

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William Kent Krueger will be in the store at 1:00 to sign copies of the latest Cork O’Connor mystery, Sulfur Springs. Don’t miss it! Please note: Kent will only sign books purchased at Beagle and Wolf.


Jess Lourey
Jess Lourey
September 16
11:00 workshop followed by the book signing at noon

Join Jess for a free, one-hour novel-writing workshop followed by a signing of Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction, a part-memoir, part-self-help, part-writing book that shows you how to turn your most vivid life experiences into a novel, and March of Crime, the 11th in her Murder-by-Month mysteries.

See Lourey's TEDx Talk based on Rewrite Your Life.

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bookJill and Deane Johnson will launch
Little Minnesota in World War II
at Beagle and Wolf!

September 23

Jill and Deane Johnsons’ latest book tells the stories of 140 Minnesota men who died in World War II. The men all came from the tiny towns featured in the Johnsons’ first book, Little Minnesota. The stories, which are accompanied by photographs, letters, and family recollections, are both inspiring and nostalgic.

Join us as we celebrate the publication of Little Minnesota in World War II. Copies of the Johnson's earlier books, Little Minnesota and The Best of Itasca will also be available, as well as cards made from Deane’s Itasca photographs.

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Announcing our annual Fall Reading Retreat
October 27 to 29, 2017

We invite you to join us for a week-end get away to discuss books and relax! Doesn’t that sound great?

Here are the details for our annual fall retreat:

We’ll be at a comfortable lodge about eight miles north of Park Rapids (address and directions will be sent upon registration.) You can arrive any time after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27. We’ll start with a light pot luck dinner at 6:00 and finish at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. Our pace will be leisurely, and time for hiking, visiting, and napping will be built in.

We’ll explore the theme “Kaleidoscope: Exploring the World through Different Lenses.” Our books will be:


The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian, The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Download additional information and the registration form.

book coverAbout our Book Signing Policy

We sponsor a robust schedule of events—this summer alone, we’ve brought over 50 authors to Park Rapids. This is possible only because of the purchases of our customers. For that reason, we ask that only books purchased from us be presented for signing at events. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.

August Bestsellers

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Al Franken:
Giant of the Senate

Al Franken


Give a Girl a Knife
Amy Thielen


Sulfur Springs William Kent Krueger


Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Kate Larson


The Life We Bury
Allen Eskens

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Hundred Miles to Nowhere
Elisa Korenne


The Song Poet
Kao Kalia Yang


The Muralist
B.A. Shapiro


A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman


My Grandmother Asked Me to tell You She’s Sorry
Fredrik Backman


Midwest Connection Picks


Quiet Until the Thaw
a novel by Alexandra Fuller

Our customers are long-time fans of Fuller’s work, particularly the memoirs set in Africa (Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Cocktails Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.) Quiet Until the Thaw is a change of genre—it’s fiction—and subject matter, but features the same beautiful writing.

Quiet Until the Thaw is a powerful and emotional meditation on family and culture, race and history. Fuller focuses on the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from the 1940s on, capturing how the weight of history has affected their individual experiences. With beautiful and intimate prose set against the vibrant backdrop of the American West, Fuller's prowess as a storyteller shines. Epic as well as intimate, Quiet Until the Thaw is a remarkable feat.



book Don't Call Us Dead
poetry by Danez Smith

Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. In Don't Call Us Dead, Smith sings of an afterlife for black men shot by police, of first boy-loves grown to adult desires, of the mortal dangers experienced in skin and body and HIV-positive blood. "I write poems that try to tell and trouble the truth," he says. This is an ambitious and astonishing collection that grieves, rebukes, and celebrates with equal urgency.

Smith is from St. Paul, Minnesota.



Tornado Weather
a novel by Deborah E. Kennedy

Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez's father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today he isn't, and Daisy disappears. Nearly everyone in Colliersville, Indiana suspects or knows something different about what happened. They also know a lot about each other. Kennedy examines the fabric of this Midwestern town through the interconnected stories of the town's complex and flawed people. 


bookEvery Kind of Wanting
a novel by Gina Frangello

Every Kind of Wanting
explores the complex intersection of three unique families in Chicago and their bustling efforts to have a "Community Baby." By turns funny, dark and sexy, Frangello's novel strips bare the layers of the American family today. Tackling issues such as assimilation, family-making, the legacy of secrets, the morality of desire, and ultimately who "owns" love, the characters—across all ethnicities, nationalities, and sexualities—are blisteringly alive.


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