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Author Fest is coming on June 16, from 11:00 to 3:00!

We’ll host over 25 Minnesota authors at our signature summer event, Author Fest. The event has outgrown the store, so we’ll be at the American Legion, 900 E. 1st St. (Highway 34.) Stop in to visit with authors, discover your new favorite author, hear readings, and buy autographed copies of books. A schedule of readings and a list of authors will be at Author Fest is on the Events Page as well as in the store.

Display of books for Author FestPlease don’t bring books with you to Author Fest.

Books for the event are still arriving; many are already here…

Ahmed Ismail Yusuf

An afternoon with Ahmed Ismail Yusuf
June 19, 3:00

bookWe’re partnering with the League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area to present “An afternoon with Ahmed Ismail Yusuf.” Mr. Yusuf will discuss his personal immigrant story from Somalia to America and his new book, The Lion’s Binding Oath. Come join us at 3 pm on June 19th at the Northwoods Bank Community Room. (The bank is at the corner of Highway 34 and Henrietta (Cty Rd. 6) The community room is on the lower level and is handicap accessible.) The program will last about an hour and half, including time for questions. Refreshments will be served. 

Ahmed Ismail Yusuf arrived in America from Somalia as a high-school dropout, unable to speak English, and unsure of his actual age. He has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1997. Today he has two college degrees and is the author of Somalis in Minnesota and Gorgorkii Yimi, a collection of stories in Somali. In February 2018, The History Theatre of St. Paul, Minnesota produced his play, “A Crack in the Sky,” a memoir about how Yusuf found inspiration in Maya Angelou and Malcolm X during his early days as an immigrant to the U.S.

Yusuf’s most recent work, The Lion’s Binding Oath, documents a country coming apart yet reveals its deep pride and a quiet hope despite the instability. Yusuf hopes that his work shines a light on both the immigrant journey as well as the Somali people and the legacy of his homeland.

League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area (LWVPRA)is a non-partisan volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy which includes supporting activities to preserve the nation’s natural resources. Programs are always free and open to the public. 

If you have questions about the program, contact us at 218-237-2665.

The 12th Annual July 4 Pie Baking Contest and Auction

July 4, noon

Support the Park Rapids Library with pie! Beagle and Wolf Books will host the John Michael Lerma 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!

Sheila O’Connor
July 14, 11:00

bookP.S. Write Back Soon:
The Lost Art of the Letter—a writing workshop with Sheila O’Connor

Once, the letter held our experiences, hopes, secrets, and desires. Letters arrived from other places or were passed between people quite near. They were our way of sharing with another the hidden landscape of the heart. In this workshop, we will have fun returning to the letter. Whether our receiver is real or imagined, we’ll experiment with ways we can use the letter form to share our stories. Drawing on her experience writing her recent novel-in-letters, Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, writer and teacher Sheila O’Connor will lead workshop participants through a series of writing activities designed to experiment with the letter form. Bring paper and pen, and a creative spirit. No experience required.
The cost of the workshop is $20; space is limited. To reserve your spot, send a $20 check to Beagle and Wolf, 112-3rd St. W., Park Rapids MN 56470. Checks should be made out to Sheila O’Connor.

Book signing at 1:00

Sheila O’Connor will read from her latest book, Until Tomorrow Mr. Marsworth, and sign copies of the book.

May Bestsellers

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When Books went to War
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Indian Horse
Richard Wagamesey


Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers, Phyllis Root and Kelly Povo


Killers of the Flower Moon
David Grann


The Second
Mrs. Hockaday

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Bryn Greenwood


A Higher Loyalty
James Comey


Little Minnesota in World War II, Jill and Deane Johnson

  Stray City
Chelsey Johnson



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The Lion's Binding Oath

Ahmed Ismail Yusuf

Religious and ethnic conflict is Somalia's most enduring legacy. The U.S. has welcomed Somali refugees yet views them with suspicion. Yusuf's collection is written with deep compassion for the lives of its characters, examining the stories of families, clans, lovers, neighbors, and friends beneath its history of war and displacement.

Recommended if you like What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi.



Our Towns
James Fallows and Deborah Fallows

A unique, revelatory portrait of the civic and economic renewal already taking place across America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A surprisingly hopeful view of the country between its coasts.

Recommended if you like Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance.


bookThe Westing Game
Ellen Raskin

When Samuel W. Westing is found dead, the residents of Sunset Towers find themselves gathered for the reading of his will. What they are shocked to hear is that Westing was actually murdered and that his murderer is one of them! The residents are given a series of clues and tasked with solving the mystery. Winning means they inherit Westing’s vast fortune, but the further they move through the game, the more dangerous it becomes.

Recommended if you like Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Chris Grabenstein.


bookNeck and Neck
Elise Parsley

Everybody loves Leopold the giraffe. He inspires awe and wonder. His adoring fans gaze and cheer. Best of all, they feed him lots of deeeelicious snacks! But, one day, a shiny, bobble-headed new rival comes in and ruins everything… a giraffe-shaped balloon! Just how far will Leopold go to prove that he's the hero of the zoo? 

Recommended if you like Giraffes Can’t Dance, Guy Parker-Rees.


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