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Pies!The 12th Annual July 4 Pie Baking Contest and Auction

July 4, noon

Cherry PieSupport 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 enter, 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.

The 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

P.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 12:30

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

bookRoger Thompson
July 21, Noon

Roger Thompson will present a program and sign copies of No Word for Wilderness: Italy's Grizzlies and the Race to Save the Rarest Bears on Earth.

The rarest bears in the world live fifty miles outside of Rome. Hear Roger’s account of their eye-opening story, and a great experiment in rewilding.

bookKatie Carpenter and Susan Cushman

July 28, noon

The Wait:  Love, Fear, and Happiness on the Heart Transplant List 

Katie Carpenter, the Bemidji actress who recently played in Blithe Spirit at Long Lake Theater, and author Susan Cushman will be in the store to bring alive the diary entries from The Wait. The Wait is the true story of Jennifer Bonner, who was born in 1966 with congenital heart problems. Cutting edge medical procedures allowed her to live a normal life for a number of years.

While a student at Carleton College, Jennifer again faced heart failure and was put on the heart transplant list. The Wait is the touching story of the year she spent on the list. Join us as we hear her story through a dramatic presentation. We will have information available about becoming an organ donor.

June Bestsellers

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Give a Girl a Knife
Amy Thielen


Guide to Hiking the North Country Trail, Ed. Linda Johnson, Susan Hauser


Once in a Blue Moon Lodge
Lorna Landvik


The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen
Hendrik Groen


Doug Wood

  The Lion’s Binding Oath
Ahmed Yusuf
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Little Minnesota in World War II, Jill and Deane Johnson


Until Tomorrow,
Mr. Marsworth

Sheila O’Connor


Murder Book
Frank Weber

  A Sister in My House
Linda Olsson

Indian Horse
Richard Wagamese

  Gunflint Burning
Cary Griffith


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Midwest Connection Picks


The Great Believers
Reecca Makkai

A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss, set in 1980s Chicago and
Contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai. This book is for you if you liked The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham, My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, or The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer



The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul
James Fallows and Deborah Fallows

1968 was one of the most tumultuous years in the twentieth century, culminating in one of the most consequential presidential elections in American history. The Contest tells the story of that contentious election and that remarkable year, giving us the long view of a turning point in American culture and politics.

This book will appeal to history buffs, political junkies, people trying to figure out how the heck we got here, as well as readers who enjoyed American Maelstrom by Michael A. Cohen, Playing with Fire by Lawrence O'Donnell, or Resilient America by Michael Nelson.


bookBroken Places

Tracy Clark

After a fatal shooting on a rooftop, a traumatized Cassandra Raines quits the Chicago P.D. leaving it with one less black female homicide detective. But when she stumbles across the dead body of a respected member of the community, it’s up to her to prove a murderer is on the loose in this first installment of the Chicago Mystery series by Chicago journalist Tracy Clark. For readers of Laura Lippman and Lisa Scottoline.


bookLong Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs
Peter Coviello

Have you ever fallen in love—exalting, wracking, hilarious love—with a song? Long Players is a book about that everyday kind of besottedness—and, also, about those other, more entangling sorts of love that songs can propel us into. This memoir will appeal to readers of Nick Hornby and Rob Sheffield, as well as Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love and lovers of music.

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