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Store logo with texts "Thank you sincerely!" and "And please stay safe." We’re Grateful for Your Support!

It’s been a strange month at Beagle and Wolf, as I’m sure it’s been for you. The store is closed to the public, and we appreciate all the other ways we’ve been able to keep in touch. As a reminder, you can:

Shop our online store 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Weekdays, 9-5:

Call 218-237-2665
Text 218-255-4828
Use Messenger

And don’t forget to keep up with us on Facebook. We post videos each weekday at 10:45ish, and post frequently.

We’re doing a version of curbside, plus delivery in the area, and we mail packages as well as send books directly to you from our supplier.

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Book Groups

Several of our book groups are meeting via ZOOM. See the details.


April Bestsellers

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where you’ll find a description of each book.


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City of Girls
Elizabeth Gilbert

The Village of Scoundrels
Margi Preus


The Splendid and the Vile
Erik Larson


Dick Bremer: Game Used
Dick Bremer

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Front Row at the Trump Show
Jonathan Karl
  A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl
Jean Thompson
  Not a Sound
Heather Gudenkauf
  The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss

Night Watchman Louise Erdrich

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Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens
  The Day the World Came to Town
Jim DeFede
Edward Wilson
  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Kim Richardson
  Why We’re Polarized
Ezra Klein

Featured Books

book coverThe Book of Longings
Sue Monk Kidd

Carefully researched and imaginatively told, Sue Monk Kidd’s latest novel is the story of Ana, the wife of Jesus of Nazareth. Ana was self-educated, literate, rebellious, and longed for her voice to be heard and her story to be told. Born into a wealthy family, she pushed against cultural norms and married a peasant, a man far below her social status, after refusing to marry the man whom her parents had chosen for her. Jesus, a man with longings of his own, was a good partner for her. Kidd seamlessly weaves together imagined events and people with events and persons from the Biblical accounts of the life of Jesus. I loved this book!


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Simon the Fiddler
Paulette Jiles

In March 1865, the long and bitter War between the States is winding down. Till now, twenty-three-year-old Simon Boudlin has evaded military duty thanks to his slight stature, youthful appearance, and utter lack of compunction about bending the truth. But following a barroom brawl in Victoria, Texas, Simon finds himself conscripted, however belatedly, into the Confederate Army. Luckily his talent with a fiddle gets him a comparatively easy position in a regimental band.

Weeks later, on the eve of the Confederate surrender, Simon and his bandmates are called to play for officers and their families from both sides of the conflict. There the quick-thinking, audacious fiddler can’t help but notice the lovely Doris Mary Dillon, an indentured girl from Ireland, who is governess to a Union colonel’s daughter.

After the surrender, Simon and Doris go their separate ways. He will travel around Texas seeking fame and fortune as a musician. She must accompany the colonel’s family to finish her three years of service. But Simon cannot forget the fair Irish maiden, and vows that someday he will find her again.

Incandescent in its beauty, told in Paulette Jiles’s trademark spare yet lilting style, Simon the Fiddler is a captivating, bittersweet tale of the chances a devoted man will take, and the lengths he will go to fulfill his heart’s yearning.

book coverMothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them
edited by Edan Lepucki

Park Rapids’ own Chelsey Johnson (The Stray City) wrote a piece about her mother, Jill Johnson, for this book!


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Author Interview with Alex George

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Jen recently interviewed Alex George, the author of A Good American (2012), Setting Free the Kites (2017), and the forthcoming The Paris Hours. Born in England and educated as a lawyer, Alex has lived in Columbia, Missouri for the past 17 years. He is the owner of Skylark Books in Columbia and the founder of the Unbound Book Festival, a book festival which celebrates literature of all kinds.


Jen: You’re in Missouri—does your state have a shelter-in-place order?

Alex: It does, but it doesn’t mean very much. Locally, in Columbia we have a quite rigid one, which we welcome.

J: How has the virus affected your creativity?

A: It’s killed it stone dead. Although to be fair, there are other things involved as well. The new book’s coming out May 5 and I’m just struggling to keep the bookshop going. I wrote pieces for the Washington Post and LitHub and there’s still a novel somewhere in my head. But there’s a lot going on and there’s no space in my head for telling stories at the minute. I’m hoping I’m going to be able to do that once the book is out. I’m reading a lot though!

J: Tell us what you’re reading.

book coverA: I read Writers & Lovers by Lily King ,  the new Samantha Irby I’m sort of dipping into, just allowing myself a little here and there, which is super fun. There’s a great book by Jenny Offil How to Do Nothing which is about resisting the all-encompassing levels of social media and how to distance yourself a little bit from all that, which is really interesting. And I just finished the audio of Erik Larson’s,The Splendid and the Vile—it’s so good, I just loved it! I got quite homesick—all the pages in London. I’m now listening to the new Mark Doty book. He’s amazing! He’s a poet but he wrote a wonderful book called Dog Years. book coverThe new book is about Walt Whitman. Also the Age of Light by Whitney Scharer.

J: How has Covid-19 affected touring and events?

A: It just obliterated everything. I’m not going anywhere. We’re doing some online things. I’m trying to be upbeat about it. One of the joys of publishing a book is going on tour and visiting independent bookstores. It was going be the first time I’ve done it as an independent bookstore owner. It would have been different and I was looking forward to prying around people’s bookshops and asking questions. We’re trying to re-schedule some things, and I think that I’ll just plan to do more when the paperback comes out. It’s been disappointing in many ways. It’s still very busy though. May the 5th, which is the day the book comes out and also my son’s birthday, because there wasn’t enough going on, I’m probably going to spend most of the day in the car just delivering books to people because we’ve got a ton of pre-orders and we said in a moment of madness, we’ll just deliver all of them.

J: So you’re going to be delivering copies of your own book, The Paris Hours?

A: Yes.

Alex GeorgeJ: You’ve got to take pictures of that and post them!

A: Oh I will. They want me to do an Instagram Takeover that day.

J: Have you binge-watched anything?

A: What I want to binge watch is Killing Eve, but we can’t because they’re doing it one episode at a time. We watched the first few seasons of Heartland. There’s a very funny series called I’m Sorry. It’s hysterical—there are two seasons.

J: Do you think you’ll talk about COVID-19 in future books?

A: No! I think there are other people who would do a much better job of it. I may change my mind. And I do think that there’s a waiting period that needs to happen. That was certainly the case with 9/11. It was some years before 9/11 novels really found their feet and voice. Until we really have a sense of it, I think it might be years and years before we have the ability to look back through anything like a clear lens to see what we did, but I think living it is enough!

J: How are things going with bookstore?

A: It’s been a challenge. We’ve been closed for four weeks now and no one has come through the front door except for the mailman and the UPS guy. We are adapting. I’m very proud of how we have done. We’ve made a totally unanticipated pivot to a completely new model so I’m pleased with that, because you know we’re still a baby. We’ve been open for 18 months, so we were still finding our feet in many ways. What’s been wonderful has been the response from the community and people outside the community. We’re getting orders from all over the place. I’m not sure how they found us, but they’re saying, ‘we really want to support you so here’s our order.’ That’s been just great. I don’t take anything for granted. Right now, I’m just grateful that we’re still here.

Read Jen’s review of The Paris Hours.


book coverAlison McGhee
May 4 at noon

It’s a Facebook Live event, and we’re selling her new book in conjunction with it. Contact us if you’d like a copy.

The Opposite of Fate is an intense and moving exploration of the decisions we make—and don’t make—that forever change the course of our lives.

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Delayed Publication Dates

As a result of COVID19, the publication dates of a number of books have been delayed. If you’d like updated information on any title, please contact us.


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