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Hello book lovers! (Links to video)

October is the New December

Shop early to get your holiday gifts on time! Every part of our industry is warning us that supply disruptions will be greater this year than last, due to COVID-related labor shortages in publisher warehouses, printing capacity limitations, and shipping issues. Shop early and shop local to find the perfect gifts early this holiday season. October is the new December!

Sarah Stonich

Sarah Stonich
October 23, 1:00 to 3:00

book coverSarah Stonich will be in the store, signing copies of her latest book, Reeling. It’s the second in a trilogy which has been described as “a hilarious saga of fishing, family, and three generations of tough, independent women.” We’ll also have copies of Fishing, the first book in the trilogy.

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of Reeling.


Cascade at Halloween 2018

Trick or Treat Downtown

For many years, trick or treating at downtown businesses has a been a Park Rapids’ tradition. Last year, because of COVID, bags of candy were handed out at a central location. A decision will be made about this year on October. 6. It will be announced by local businesses and on social media. Whether local businesses hand out candy or it’s done from a central location, the event will be October 30, since Halloween is on Sunday, when many businesses aren’t open.

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Meet the Fall Staff

Doni and Brita have recently joined our staff. Come in to meet them and talk about books!

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Bag printed with "PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS."

Celebrating 20 years!

It’s been 20 years since the founding of Beagle Books, and we’re celebrating all year long! On the 20th of each month, we’ll give away a bag stuffed with books and bookish swag. Enter every time you’re in the store, no purchase necessary. If you can’t get in, email Sally to enter. These are the only two ways to enter the drawing. (Note: prize bags must be picked up as we are unable to mail them. We will hold them, however.)

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Our New Web Site

It took WAY too long, but our new web site is up and running! You can access it from our web site, or go directly to

The new web site isn’t quite done yet—we’re slowly adding all the inventory we have in the store. As you can imagine, that will take a while, but in the meantime, we are processing orders.

As before, you can pick up your purchase in the store or we’ll mail it to you.


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To Mask or Not to Mask?

As a staff, we have chosen to wear masks in the store again, and we continue to ask unvaccinated shoppers to mask as well.

New Releases

All of these books may be pre-ordered now.

book coverThe Lincoln Highway
by Amor Towles will release October 5.

See Lee's review.

book coverThe Cold Millions
by Jess Walter will release in paperback on October 5.

See Sally's review.

  book coverState of Terror
by Louise Penny and
Hilary Clinton will release on October 12.
book coverBig Shot
The latest book in the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney will release October 26.

September Bestsellers

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Lightning Strike
William Kent Krueger


Murder on the Red River Marcie Rendon


City of Flickering Light Juliette Fay


Girl Gone Missing
Marcie Rendon

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This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger

Firekeeper’s Daughter
Angeline Boulley


Diary of a Young Naturalist, Dara McAnulty


The Seed Keeper
Diane Wilson

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The Madness of Crowds
Louise Penny
  The Night Watchman Louise Erdrich   What is God Like?
Rachel Held Evans
  The Giver of Stars
Jojo Moyes
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My Beloved World
Sonja Sotomayor
  People We Meet on Vacation, Emily Henry  

Iron Lake
William Kent Krueger


Saint Patrick’s Day Hero
Doug Mayfield


Paws for Poetry


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A Cluster of Noisy Planets
Charles Rafferty


I counted the water towers, I counted the active smokestacks.
These were the breadcrumbs I thought would lead me back. Now
I know it’s possible to drive so far we forget why we left, that the
journey continues even after the car breaks down. I used to think
I had no message, but the message is me—bloodshot and hungry,
spilled coffee down the front of my shirt. People of the future,
gather round. I have traveled through ink to greet you.

"Greetings" from A Cluster of Noisy Planets, © 2021 by Charles Rafferty, BOA Editions, Ltd.

The poem "Greetings" is how the reader is, well, greeted in the collection A Cluster of Noisy Planets. It’s also a preview of the style/essence of the poet: short, blocky poems that often include humor and reference ordinary experiences and yet, convey the depth of meaning in the everyday. Many of the poems involve nature, especially water. The poems in this collection are little nuggets—I’d love to have one in my pocket every day and delight strangers with an impromptu reading.

(A big THANK YOU to the publisher for permission to reprint "Greetings"!)

Note: Greetings will be released on October 5.

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A Dangerous Place
Chelsea B. DesAutels

The most noticeable thing about the poems in this collection is the way the poet sets the pace. There are poems that are frenetic, some feel like a steady gait, and others are like a slow walk sprinkled with pauses. As a reader, I appreciate this. As someone who is interested in the craft of writing, how the placement of words on a page matters, I’m in awe. The pace of the poems in this collection is as varied as the content of the poems: cancer, family, nature, religion, place (notably Minnesota vs Texas), love, and grief. To get your own teaser, go to: and hear the poet read two of the poems included in this collection.

Then do yourself a favor and order your own copy of A Dangerous Place.

Note: this book will be released October 19.

Also being released this month..........

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Such Color:
New and Collected Poems

by Tracy K. Smith, coming 
October 5


Winter Recipes from the Collective: Poems

by Louise Gluck, coming
October 26


And just for fun..... A Confederacy of Dumptys: Portraits of American Scoundrels in Verse
by John Lithgow, coming October 5


Paperback alert!
Billy Collins’ Whale Day 
will be available in paperback on October 5. 


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Amanda Gorman's Call Us What We Carry: Poems (which contains
the poem she read at Joe Biden’s inauguration as well as other poems)
will be released December 7. If you think this might be a good holiday gift,
we urge you to pre-order now. 



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