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July 2019

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Where's Waldo?
July 1 to 31

Where’s Waldo? In Park Rapids, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including Bella Caffe, Lickin’ Good Whole Pet Foods, and Molly Poppins.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Park Rapids!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo’s nemesis, Odlaw, will also be hiding in Beagle and Wolf Books. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a copy of Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!, a tribute to Waldo’s many decades of wandering.

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Lunch with Sarah Stonich
July 3

Sarah was scheduled to be a part of Author Fest last month, but became ill en route to event. Instead, she’ll be having lunch with the Sister Wolf Book Group at 11:30 on July 3 (if you’d like to join us, call (218-237-2665) or email Sally ( to make a reservation.) After lunch, we’ll return to the store and Sarah will sign copies of Vacationland and Laurentian Divide.



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The 13th Annual July 4 Pie Baking Contest and Auction
Submit pies by 11:00 at the store
Auction at 1:30ish at Pioneer Park


Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery will be hosting the 13th annual pie baking contest and auction this 4th of July! All proceeds will be donated to the Park Rapids Area Library. If you want your pie to be judged, be sure to have it in to Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery by 11:00 on the 4th. Entry fee is $5 per pie.
Vie for the chance to be the Pie Champ and win prizes!

Pie Categories include:

  • Double crust
  • Single crust
  • Custard or Cream
  • Juvenile (Any pie by an 8-12 year old)


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Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen
July 6: The Lost Forest, 1:00

Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen will be at the store with their new book, The Lost Forest. The picture book tells the story of a lucky surveying error that preserved 144 acres of old-growth red and white pine in northern Minnesota. With gentle humor, Phyllis Root takes readers deep into a stand of virgin pine, one of the last and largest in the state, where U.S. history and natural history meet. With the help of Betsy Bowen’s finely observed and beautiful illustrations, she shows us all the life that can be found in the Lost Forest. We’ll also have other books by Root and Bowen. Read Pam’s review of The Lost Forest.




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Joy Riggs
July 20: Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters, 1:00 to 3:00

Did you know that during the early years of the twentieth century, community bands were as important to mid-sized towns as professional sports teams are to large cities today? A renowned Music Man was G. Oliver Riggs, who was employed at one time or another by Bemidji, Crookston, Grand Forks, and St. Cloud. Riggs’ great-granddaughter, Joy Riggs, writes his story in her new book, Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters. Join us as Joy opens a window to an earlier time, and hear about civic pride, community participation, and the power of music to transform lives and connect people across generations.



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Sarah Coomber
July 23: The Same Moon, Noon to 2:00

Minnesota native Sarah Coomber will sign copies of her memoir, The Same Moon. At 24, recently wed—and quickly divorced—Sarah escaped the disappointments of her Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan. Her plan was to use the year to reflect, heal, and figure out what to do with her wrecked life while enjoying the culture of the country where she had previously spent a life-changing summer.

The reality?

Sarah found herself the lone English speaker in an isolated rural area, where she was drawn into serving tea to her male coworkers, performing with a koto (zither) group, advocating for her female students and colleagues, and embarking on a controversial romance with a local salaryman.

This isn’t the Japan Sarah was seeking, but it just might be the Japan she needs.

Facebook logoHarper Live Video for Facebook
July 25, 10:00

Last summer, our friends at Harper Collins boosted a video tour of the store. This year, they want us to make another video, sharing our recommendations for the best summer reads. Join us live in the store or on Facebook as we reveal our choices of the summer’s Harper Collins Publishers logobest books.

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Noel Allard
July 26: Minnesota Aviation History, Noon to 2:00

Was there flight in Minnesota before Charles Lindbergh put our state on the aviation map? Noel Allard’s fascinating account of the growth and development of aviation in Minnesota covers 88 years, from the time when Minnesotans flew in balloons until 1945, This is your chance to hear all about it—and to buy a signed copy of Noel’s book!

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Timothy Otte & friends
July 27: Rebound, Restart, Renew, Rebuild, Rejoice, 2:00 

Timothy Otte will read from his manuscript-in-progress, Landscape Quartet, and his chapbook Rebound, Restart, Renew, Rebuild, Rejoice . Otte is a recipient of a 2019 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant and mentorships from the Loft Literary Center and the Poetry Foundation. He lives in Minneapolis, grew up spending summers at cabins in Dorset and Hackensack, and now keeps a home on the internet: He will be joined by fellow poets, making the afternoon a delight for poetry lovers.

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Fall Reading Retreat
October 25 to 27

Our Lake LodgeOur annual fall Reading Retreat will be October 25 to 27 at Our Lake Lodge, about 8 miles north of Park Rapids. The theme will be “The Circle of Life.” We’ve picked two of our books—The Line Tender and Late Migrations. See Sally’s reviews of these books below. Registration will open when we’ve picked the final book—and we’re working hard on it!

June Bestsellers

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Chronicles of a Radical Hag
Lorna Landvik


Gone to Dust
Matt Goldman


The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border


The Girl in
Building C

Mary Krugerud


Little Faith
Nickolas Butler

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Mukluk Ball
Katharine Johnson and Alicia Schwab


Little Minnesota
Jill and Deane Johnson


Rhoda’s Rock Hunt
Molly Beth Griffin


Cartographer of No Man’s Land
P. S. Duffy


Sarah Stonich

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman


Clock Dance
Anne Tyler


Michael Ondaatje


Evergreen Tidings, Gretchen Anthony


Paris by the Book
Liam Callanan


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Midwest Connection Picks


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The Most Fun We've Ever Had

Claire Lombardo

​A multigenerational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Midwestern couple--still madly in love after forty years--recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they've built. Spanning nearly half a century, Lombardo's debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closest to us.  



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Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America

Ayaz Virji

In Love Thy Neighbor, Dr. Ayaz Virji relates his story as a Muslim doctor in a small town in an unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America's heartland.


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Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color

Gilbert Baker

Gilbert Baker’s unifying symbol for the growing gay rights movement debuted in 1978 at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade. Baker had no idea his creation would become an international emblem of liberation, forever cementing his pivotal role in helping to define the modern LGBTQ movement. Gilbert Baker often called himself the “Gay Betsy Ross,” and readers of his colorful, irreverent, and deeply personal memoir will find it difficult to disagree.



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Tallgrass Conversations

Cindy Crosby and Thomas K Dean

Journey into a realm where birds, plants, and seeds mix with water, roots, wind, and the sky, revealing about how each of us can learn to best live wherever we might call home. Designed as a conversation, Cindy Crosby and Thomas Dean inspire new understandings of the Midwestern tallgrass prairie, encouraging looking and listening to the prairie through the heart and mind as well as eyes, ears, and other senses, advancing both conservation and creative efforts.


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