Spring is a time to refresh—plant your garden, spruce up your home and wardrobe, buy a new book—and Park Rapids businesses are sponsoring “Spring Refresh.” Participating businesses will have a variety of promotions and special offers, along with a passport, a fun quiz (answers provided), and great prizes. Details are available at participating stores. Our Spring Refresh events include Children's Book Week.
Children’s Book Week April 29 to May 5
We extend a special welcome to young readers during Children’s Book Week. Each child will receive a free Llama Llama coloring book and crayons (while supplies last.)
Used picture books will be on sale for 25% off—a great way to stock up on wonderful books!
Sister Wolf Book Group to resume!
May 15, 10:00 Anyone interested will meet in the basement of the store to select books for this summer’s reading list. Come with ideas—either bring a copy of the book(s) you’d like to suggest or call Sally so the store can order the book(s). It always helps to look at them. If you can’t be present, email your suggestions to Sally@BeagleandWolf.com As a reminder, we’re looking for books around 300 pages in length, recently released in paperback. We read both fiction and non-fiction.
May 22, 10:00 First meeting of the summer! We’ll gather in the basement at Beagle and Wolf (if stairs are an issue, call or email Sally and we’ll attempt to make arrangements for an alternate space.) The Sister Wolf group, like all our groups, is open and welcomes new people. Our first book will be American Heart.
Allen Eskens May 15, 6:00
The Park Rapids Library is hosting author Allen Eskens.You won’t want to miss a chance to hear one of Minnesota’s most popular mystery writers! We’ll be at the event selling his books, and they will be available at the store beforehand as well.
Nickolas Butler June 1, 5:00 pm at Bella Caffé
We’re thrilled to be hosting an event with Nick Butler in June! Nick’s previous novels, Shotgun Lovesongs and The Hearts of Men, were favorites of staff and customers alike, and we know you’ll love his latest book, too. Little Faith is the story of Lyle and Peg Hovde, who live a quiet life in rural Wisconsin. Years earlier, their infant son died, creating a quiet crisis of faith for Lyle. Life went on, and soon he and Peg adopted a daughter, Shiloh, who left home as soon as she could. She’s back now, with a five year old son, Isaac. Lyle and Peg dote on the boy and have settled into a comfortable routine with him and his mother. However, Shiloh becomes infatuated with the leader of an almost cultish church in nearby La Crosse. Her parents worry about her, and particularly about Isaac, whom they think Shiloh’s boyfriend is using for his own purposes. The book is beautifully written and the characters dealing with issues of faith, doubt, and family seem like people you might know.
This event will be next door, in the atrium at Bella Caffé. Join us as we welcome Nick to Park Rapids and hear about Little Faith.
We’re thrilled that our online store is up and running!
Visit it at beagleandwolf.indielite.org. You can browse to your heart’s content, even in your pajamas in the middle of the night! You can have your books shipped to you or pick them up at the store (no freight charge for items picked up at the store.)
We’re tweaking our hours, beginning Memorial Weekend.
May 26, we’ll go back to Sunday hours 10:00 to 4:00.
Starting May 28, weekday hours will be 8:30 to 6:00 (we'll stay open half an hour later.)
Saturday hours, 9:00 to 5:00, will remain unchanged.
Book covers are linked to our online store, where you’ll find a description of each book.
So Many Bunnies
To All the Boys I’ve Loved
You Are a Badass
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
William Kent Krueger
Lie with Me
Best of Itasca Deane Johnson
The Alice Network
Now in Paperback
The Girl Who Drank the Moon Kelly Barnhill
We have signed copies!
William Kent Krueger
Kent will be in the store at 1:00 on August 29 to sign This Tender Land, the sequel to Ordinary Grace!
Midwest Connection Picks
In the Night of Memory
Linda LeGarde Grover
Some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. Linda LeGarde Grover returns to the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation in this nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history.
Of Fathers and Fire
Living in the High Plains town of Suborney, Colorado in the summer of 1980, main character Tommy Sandor is wrestling with the forces shaping America and himself: the Iran hostage crisis, the incoming tide of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, and the political rise of the Christian Right. In many ways, the weaponization of Christianity that began in 1980 continues into today. Richie Thorpe and his ragtag religious community bring a little peace and a lot of chaos to Suborney. Their arrival upends the relationship between Tommy Sandor and his mother, Connie, prompting a fallout that threatens the whole town.
The Line Tender
Heartbreaking but also filled with wit and hope, The Line Tender is the story of Lucy, the daughter of a marine biologist and a rescue diver, and the summer that changes her life. If she ever wants to lift the cloud of grief over her family and community, she must complete the research her late mother began. She must follow the sharks.
When You Are Brave
Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Saying goodbye to neighbors. Worrying about new friends. Passing through a big city. Seeing a dark road ahead. In these moments, a young girl feels small and quiet and alone. But when she breathes deeply and looks inside herself, a hidden spark of courage appears, one she can nurture and grow until she glows inside and out.
New York Times bestselling author Pat Zietlow Miller's uplifting words join New York Times bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler's luminous art to inspire young readers to embrace their inner light—no matter what they're facing—and to be brave.