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November is the new December: Shop early, shop local! November is the New December!

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Pandemic supply chain disruptions continue with labor shortages in publisher warehouses, printing capacity limitations and paper shortages, shipping delays, and a host of other issues.

Shop early and shop local—in person or online—then sit back and relax with a good book or two for the holidays!

Our online store is We continue to offer personal shopping, curbside service, in-town delivery, and complimentary gift wrapping.

Catalog cover: Give the Gift of Books in staor, online, and right to your door Shop our holiday catalog!

As always, our holiday catalog is packed with gift ideas for readers of all ages, covering many genres. Many of the books are already in the store, and more are on their way. This year, there are three ways to get a holiday catalog. The digital catalog is now available; copies will be mailed to households in the Park Rapids area early in November and we’ll also have them in the store.

And make sure you use the coupon on the back of the catalog—15% off a$100 purchae. (May not be combined with other offers.) Catalog art of yaks

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Book displays in the store feature titles from our holiday catalog.

bag of booksCelebrating 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.) catalog art of crow on book

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25

The store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy the holiday!

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The holidays come to Park Rapid
November 26

You won’t want to miss Park Rapids’ traditional start to the holidays!
Some stores will be open extended hours (we’ll be open 9:00 to 7:30.)


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Holiday shopping discount
All day
We’ll offer a 20% discount on any in-store book listed in our holiday catalog. (May not be combined with other offers.)

Yuletide Sampler

5:00 to 6:00
Stop in participating downtown businesses for a light snack and to exchange holiday greetings! Note: our participation in the Yuletide Sampler will be determined by the situation of COVID in Hubbard County in November. We’ll make a decision later in the month and announce it on our Facebook page.

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Heartland LakesCommunity Tree Lighting
6:00 to 6:30

The tree lighting will include a short program, Christmas caroling, the lighting of the tree, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire truck. The event is sponsored by CHI St. Joseph’s Hospice. Part of the program features a family who has benefited from Hospice services in the past year. This year it will be the family of John Schumacher. After the tree lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Bella Caffe’ until 8:00 to hear children’s wish lists.

Small Business Saturday/Indies First
November 27

indies FIRST NOV 27, 2021: Roxane Gay, Spokesperson. Graphic and her photo.Small Business Saturday is a time to support your local community by patronizing local business and shopping small. Indie bookstores call the day Indies First! This year, author Roxanne Gay is the honorary chairperson of the event.

At Beagle and Wolf, we’ll roll out the blue carpet for you! We offer a free book with any purchase and complimentary gift wrapping. We’re planning some fun promotions, we’ll give away great prizes, and authors will be in the store to sign their books. And, we’ll offer a 20% discount on any in-store book listed in our holiday catalog. (May not be combined with other offers.)

More details will be posted on Facebook later in the month.
To kick off Indies First, join author Roxanne Gay virtually for a special event on Nov. 18 at 6PM. Roxane and editor Amy Hundley will be in conversation about her new imprint, Roxane Gay Books, independent publishing, and indie bookstores. Register here for Indies First Presents: An Evening with Roxane Gay. 


Meet Gina

We’re happy to welcome Gina (pronounced Gin-uh) to our staff!
Come in and get acquainted with her!

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New Releases

All of these books may be pre-ordered now.

book cover The Searcher
by Tanya French
releases November 2

See Gail's review.

book coverThe Sentence
Louise Erdrich
releases November 9

See Sally's review.


book coverThese Precious Days
Ann Patchett
releases November 23

See Sally's review.

book coverWIsh You Were Here
Jodi Picoult
releases November 30

October Bestsellers

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

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Murder on the Red River
Marcie Rendon


Lightning Strike
William Kent Krueger


The Seed Keeper
Diane Wilson


Braiding Sweetgrass
Robin Kimmerer

  State of Terror, Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton
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This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger

Sarah Stonich


For Love of a River
Darby Nelson


The Night Watchman Louise Erdrich

  Cloud Cuckoo Land Anthony Doerr
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The Beatryce Prophecy
Kate DiCamillo
Marilynne Robinson
  The Universal Christ
Richard Rohr

Bob Woodward

  You Belong Here Now
Dianna Rostad

Paws for Poetry


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I Hope This Finds You Well: Poems
Kate Baer

Kate Baer’s new collection of erasure poems will invoke the following from readers: laughter, hope, and tenderness. Baer has morphed (improved) communications she has received on the internet into poems. Some of the communications are hate mail, some love mail, some advertising, some news pieces, and so on. Baer can turn a hateful, ignorant letter into a poem filled with grace and/or wonder and/or hope. Many of the poems lift up and encourage women. Some are just downright funny—ie, turning a few crude lines from Donald J. Trump into the very short poem, “you can go.”

My only disappointment in this collection was that it ended. I’m praying more are to come.

As you might expect, Kate Baer is active on social media. You can follow her on Instagram and/or Twitter: @katejbaer

This book will release in paperback on November 9.

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A God at the Door
Tishani Doshi

There is a maxim about the number of “errors” (errors here is used to mean bad writing) a piece of writing can contain. For novels, it’s a paragraph; for short stories and essays, it’s a sentence; for poetry, it’s a word. This speaks to the conciseness, the efficiency of poetry, that there is only room for one “wrong word” (and is possibly daunting to writers.) This conciseness, the distillation of thought, is often what I am drawn towards in reading poetry. In a way, it’s a sort of parallel to a well-acted scene in a play in which zero to few words are uttered. The right gesture or expression can convey volumes more than a soliloquy. And yet, in reading Tishani Doshi’s poems in A God at the Door, I get a feeling that the writer is bursting with words. For example, she ends the poem My Loneliness Is Not the Same as Your Loneliness with this stanza:

There’s a child screaming 
in the playground below, a refrain 
so shrill it scrapes a layer off the air. 
She’s reassuring herself, she’s not alone. 
No one tells her, We’re here together,
you’ve been heard.

The author has not broken conventions in her poetry, in terms of conciseness, and yet, I think I might be a little disappointed when our copies of A God at the Door arrive at the bookstore and they aren’t physically bulging!

Much of Doshi’s writing is in response to the news (most of the poems in this collection were written during 2020.) The range of topics and poem titles are wide: both Why the Brazilian Butt Lift Won’t Save Us and Every Unbearable Thing are poem titles in this collection. I expect American readers will be intrigued and interested in the references to the author’s native India. (Ever heard of a Blue Mormon? I hadn’t either.) The author has also paid great attention to the presentation of poems on the page, including some concrete poems (poems that visually appear on the page like the topic of the poem.) If you want to know the shape of the poem Advice for Pliny the Elder, Big Daddy of Mansplainers, you’ll have to see it for yourself ;) Until then, treat yourself to the poet reading one of her poems, They Killed Cows. I Killed Him from A God at the Door collection here.

This book will release in paperback on November 9.

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