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Child's collage of a paper bag princess

March 2020

The Paper Bag Princess
March 7, 10:00

Pam in paper crown
Join Pam at our 40th Anniversary of the belovedchildren's book The Paper Bag Princess! The book is an empowering story about a Princess who embarks on a journey to save Prince Ronald from a fearsome dragon! We’ll read the story and share in fun activities! (A parent or caregiver should plan to stay during the celebration.)

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Here’s a trailer
for the 40th anniversary celebration!


Seven paper bag portraits by kids


book coverDennis E. Staples
March 7, 1:00

Join us as we welcome Dennis Staples and celebrate the publication of his first book, This Town Sleeps.

Dennis StaplesStaples is an Ojibwe writer from Bemidji and a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in fiction. He is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation. Set on a reservation in far northern Minnesota, This Town Sleeps explores the many ways story, culture, landscape, and lineage shape our lives, our understanding of the world we inhabit, and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of it all.

Jewel of the Northwoods B&B
Spring Retreat

April 18, 10:00 to 4:00

Give yourself the gift of a day apart and join us for our annual Spring Retreat! We’ll be at the Jewel of the Northwoods, the B&B between Hubbard and Menahga, about 15 minutes from Park Rapids. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch and lively conversation.


Our theme will be “Why Do We Read?” and we’ll explore this question by reading and discussing two very different books.

book coverEx Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader is a collection of witty essays recounting a lifelong love affair with books and language.

book coverThe Librarian of Auschwitz is based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. This young adult book is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

The cost of the retreat is $45, plus books. (If you purchase the books, we expect you to get them from us.) Registration materials are available at the store or by email. Contact us at 218-237-2665 or

The event is open to both women and men. Registration is limited.


Cell phone

The store has a cell phone! If 218-255-4828 comes up on your caller ID, it will be us, calling or texting to let you know a book you’ve ordered has come in. Verizon is not able to show the name of the store on caller ID—it will show up as “Wireless caller.” We won’t be taking incoming calls on the cell phone.



Store mascot Opie with our cell phone on a sack of booksl
Opie is ready to text our canine customers that their books are in.

February Bestsellers

Book covers are linked to our online store,
where you’ll find a description of each book.


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A Very Stable Genius
Philip Rucker

Once Upon a River
Diane Setterfield


Evidence of V
Sheila O’Connor

  David Copperfield
Charles Dickens

Laurentian Divide
Sarah Stonich

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My Own Words
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  The Moment of Lift
Melinda Gates
  There, There
Tommy Orange
  The Poppy Wife
Caroline Scott

Little Faith
Nickolas Butler


book cover New releases

Tuesday is generally the day new books are released. Each Tuesday, we feature some new releases on our Facebook page.

The book we’re most excited about this month is The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.

Louise Erdrich is a magnificent storyteller, and her formidable skills are on display in Night Watchman. The book draws on the life of her maternal grandfather, who worked as a night watchman in rural North Dakota in the 1950s. He also was involved in the fight to prevent dispossession of Native lands, and traveled to Washington D.C. to plead the case of his people.

As always, Erdrich writes not just about an individual character, but places her character in a community, and includes many well developed and unique individuals as she tells her story. This book shows her signature sense of humor as well.

The Night Watchman is a strong outing from this established and beloved author.



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