Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery Newletter
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Happy New Year!

Tripod, our loveable store dog, was thrilled to learn that 2018 
is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac, and its
characteristic word is ACTION! Action describes our lively Tripod,
and it also describes the store these days. Read on to learn about
events and changes at Beagle and Wolf!

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We’ll be taking inventory on January 7, starting at 9:00 in the morning, and we’re looking for volunteers to help us. We’ll provide lunch, give you the staff discount that day, and get out the scanners! We have fun while we count—if you’d like to join us, let Jen or Sally know. Obsessive people particularly welcome!

And yes, the store will be open for business that day.

Night In logoNight In

Saturday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. or Sunday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m.

Our popular winter event for book lovers is returning to the store this year, but with a twist! Night In will be offered TWICE! The identical sessions will be at the store on Saturday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. To avoid overcrowding, we’re asking that you make reservations (no charge.) Call (218-237-2665) or email ( to reserve a spot. Ask your friends or your book club to come, too!

Night In will have everything you love about the event:

The company of other booklovers!
Recommendations of great books! 
Goody bags filled with bookish swag!

We can’t call the Sunday morning session Night In, but we can’t come up with a snappy name. A gift from our prize table to anyone who comes up with one for us! Email entries to


Open House

We’re in the midst of making some fun changes at the store, and we want to show them off! So, we’re having an Open House on Saturday, January 27, noon to 3:00. Stop by to take a look, have some refreshments, and enter a drawing for great door prizes!

Here’s a sneak peek of some changes we’ve made already:

Here’s a new section—graphic novels for young adults. The Poetry, Essays, and Writing sections are now in an expanded space at front of the store. Another new section—Science Fiction and Fantasy.
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Jewel of the NorthwoodsAnnouncing our Retreat Schedule for 2018!

We’re pleased to announce the dates for our annual retreats! Our retreats are a gift you can give yourself—time away from your regular routine to relax, share thoughtful discussion with others about books we’ve all read, and enjoy great food which someone else has prepared! Themes, book titles, cost, and registration materials will be available soon.

Our Spring Retreat will be April 7, 10:00 to 4:00. We’ll be at the Jewel of the Northwoods, the B&B between Park Rapids and Menahga.

Our Lake LodgeOur Fall Retreat will be October 26 to 28 at Our Lake Lodge, 10 miles north of Park Rapids.

Plan now to join us for one or both of these events.


Night In logoWould you like to be a guest reviewer?

From time to time, our customers write reviews for the newsletter or for shelf talkers in the store. Would you like to be one of them? Pick a favorite book, or one which has moved you. Talk to Sally or Jen for more information.

December Bestsellers

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Give a Girl a Knife
Amy Thielen


Little Minnesota in World War II
Jill and Deane Johnson


Leonardo Da Vinci
Walter Isaacson


The New Midwestern Table
Amy Thielen

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Future Home of the Living God
Louise Erdrich


The Alice Network
Kate Quinn


The Animals' Christmas Eve
Gail Wiersum

Here’s our display of some of our bestsellers from 2017

Candace Simar


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Midwest Connection Picks

No Saints in Kansas
Amy Brashear

“Brashear’s stunning YA novel is as spectacularly written as it is researched. This is definitely one of the most unique YA novels you’ll read this year.”

—PASTE Magazine  

​A young adult, fictional reimagining of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired it. Gripping and fast-paced, this meticulously researched historical fiction will reinvigorate a new generation to Capote.  

Amy Brashear was born in Arkansas and spent her elementary school years in Garden City, Kansas, just six miles from Holcomb. Amy heard about the Clutter family murders from a childhood friend, though it wasn’t until she read In Cold Blood that she finally understood their significance. No Saints in Kansas is her debut novel.

book Alone on the Shield
Kirk Landers

"Tense and dramatic, absorbing from beginning to end, one of those precious tales that manages to be both a page-turner and a thoughtful novel of great depth and resonance." 


Foreword review: "An adventure story mixed with a love affair set deep in the Canadian wilderness. A compelling mixture of adventure and romance, Alone on the Shield is a tightly focused novel that deftly speaks to growing older and the struggle for understanding."

Kirk Landers launched his professional writing career in the US Army, later entering the special-interest and trade magazine worlds. His magazines won more than a hundred awards for journalistic excellence, and he is a member of the Construction Writers Hall of Fame. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago.

  book Little i
Michael Hall

“A wonderfully clever and ultimately triumphant journey of self-discovery. Little i may be a mere cutout letter, but his humanity shines through.” 

—New York Times Book Review

 When Little i’s dot falls off, rolls down a hill, over a cliff, and into the sea, Little i sets out on a journey to rescue it. A charming, suspenseful, and wholly original picture book about the adventure of growing up from the acclaimed and bestselling creator ofRed: A Crayon’s Story and Wonderfall.

Michael Hall is an award-winning designer whose work has been widely recognized for its simple and engaging approach. He studied biochemistry and psychology at the University of Michigan and worked in biomedical research for several years before becoming a designer. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children and lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  book A Year in the Wilderness
Amy and Dave Freeman

“The story of a great adventure in one of the planet's most gorgeous wildernesses--and with high stakes at risk in a fight to stave off a truly gross assault on its integrity. So many reasons to read this book!”

Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home

From National Geographic’s 2014 Adventurers of the Year, a passionate and beautifully illustrated account of a year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In visceral language and gorgeous photos, the Freemans show us the value of wilderness and why we must protect it. 

Amy and Dave Freeman's expeditions have taken them over thirty thousand miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world's wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. National Geographic named Amy and Dave Adventurers of the Year in 2014 and their images, videos, and articles have been published by a wide range of media sources.


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