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Hours change

Beginning August 1, we will be open weekdays 9:00 to 5:30; 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturdays; and 10:00 to 4:00 Sundays.


We're getting an upgrade to our online store!

Online store link from home page
Much will be the same.... you will still navigate to it by going to and clicking on:
Shirts with "I survived 2020 with books" and the Beagle and Wolf logo including masks on the mascots


What will be better? Well… you'll be able to see how many copies of books we have IN the store. We can add MORE than books to the store, like super cool shirts that say "I Survived 2020 with Books!" and calendars! and our USED books! And gift certificates! You get the idea.

The immediate effect is that we’re not linking book covers in this issue of the newsletter to our online store. We hope that feature will be back next month.

We're REALLY close to having it ready but we're not QUITE there yet—stay tuned!




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William Ericksen and Lanny Scholes-Ericksen

August 7, 1:00 to 3:00

William Ericksen and Lanny Scholes-Ericksen will be in the store to sign copies of Barlow explores the Northwoods. All their profits from the book will be donated to the Humane Society Naples Pet Shelter (Naples, FL), where they adopted Barlow, a terrier mix. They hope their stories will inspire more people to rescue lost or forgotten pets in need of a home.

Barlow is a scruffy rescue pup who loves going on adventures but sometimes gets himself in a little bit of trouble. Come along with him as he explores the Northwoods in Minnesota and see what he is up to in this fun adventure filled book!


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Bette Slater Seres

August 7, 1:00 to 3:00

John J. Hammerlink and the Really Big Think

John J. Hammerlink is a young boy who is constantly getting into trouble because he does not think. He decides to learn about this thing called thinking by seeking help from family members—and soon has an opportunity to put their advice into action!




book coverKirk Anderson
August 11, 1:30

Anderson will be signing You Might be from Minnesota If….

You Might Be From Minnesota If... is a delightful, illustrated romp through the State of Minnesota from one of the most celebrated cartoonists in the US, Kirk Anderson. He delivers his unique take on our state, tickling the funny bone on every page. As Anderson proves, Minnesotans are proud of their state and like nothing better than a good laugh.

To get a taste, see this video.

book coverJennifer Parker
August 14, 1:00 to 3:00

Jennifer Parker
Jennifer Parker will be in the store signing copies of Coercive Relationships. The book provides a beacon for survivors of partner abuse and a resource for professionals working alongside them.

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Wayne Gudmundson
August 14, 1:00 to 3:00

Wayne Gudmundson


Wayne will be here to sign copies of his new book, A Song for Liv.

book coverRanae Lenor Hanson
August 21, 1:00 to 3:00

Ranae Lenor HansonBeginning with memories from a childhood nurtured among the waters of Minnesota, Watershed follows the streams and tributaries that connect us to our world and to each other, What if we tended to an ailing ecosystem just as Hanson learned to care for herself in the throes of a chronic medical condition? This is the possibility explored in a work that is at once a memoir of illness and health, a contemplation of the surrounding natural world in distress, and a reflection on the ways these come together in personal, local, and global opportunities for healing.

Photo by Sue Kearns

book coverEric Dregni

Sunday, August 22, 2:00 to 4:00

Eric Dregni will be here with a program about his latest book, For the Love of Cod.

A journey to find Norway’s supposed bliss makes for a comic travelogue that asks, seriously, what makes Norwegians so happy—and does it translate ?Eric Dregni takes his son on a return trip to Norway—the country where he was born fifteen years earlier—to investigate whether it really is the happiest country on Earth. From a passion for dugnad or community volunteerism to sakte or “slow,” a rejection of the mad pace of modernity, this idiosyncratic tour shows readers how, or whether, Norwegian happiness translates.

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Nick Butler, reading and signing
August 28, 1:00 to 3:00

The last time Nick did an event with us, he talked about Little Faith, but he also told us about the book he was working on. That book is Godspeed, which will be published in July. Hear Nick talk about it and get a signed copy. Maybe we’ll hear about the next book, too!

Nick Butler

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Benjamin Percy
Benjamin Percy
August 28, 1:00 to 3:00

The Ninth Metal
Suicide Woods

Ben is the talented writer of fiction, non fiction—and comics!

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New Releases

Mystery lovers, August 24 will present you with a challenge! Which will you read first?

William Kent Krueger’s Lightning Strike...  

...or Louise Penny’s The Madness of Crowds?

(They're linked to Sally's reviews in Staff Picks.)

Both may be pre-ordered now.

And remember, Krueger will be here for a signing on September 4!

July Bestsellers

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Charlotte McConaghy


The Night Watchman Louise Erdrich


Miss Benson’s Beetle
Rachel Joyce


Firekeeper’s Daughter
Angeline Boulley


100 Things to Do in the Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die
Julie Jo Larson

  The Exiles
Christina Kline
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Saint Patrick’s Day Hero, Doug Mayfield  

All Adults Here
Emma Straub


Maggie O’Farrell


The Seed Keeper
Diane Wilson

  Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens   Braiding Sweetgrass
Robin Kimmerer
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Begin with a Bee
Liza Ketchum and Phyllis Root
  Shakespeare: The World as Stage
Bill Bryson
  Diary of a Young Naturalist
Dara McAnulty
Peter Geye
  One Summer Up North
John Owens

Paws for Poetry


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Stone Fruit, Rebecca Perry

In reading Stone Fruit, so much is comfortable and familiar - working through the stages of grief following a heartbreak, working through the grief of a loved one, childhood memories. At times, it almost feels like overhearing conversations—I say almost because at times, the poet pens a line that is far too incredible and beautiful for conversation. For example, from beaches (2):

the house is a honeycomb
the truth is i feel robbed
of a sweetness laboured hard for

The poet can take a metaphor and run it farther and wider than a reader would expect and it all flows and feels perfect. In the latter part of the collection, the poet draws much material from the time when she was a trampolinist (which I didn’t even know was a word, let alone one that can be easily shifted to the verb, trampolining). Few of us likely are trampolinists, but the poet lets us into that sphere. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading of Stone Fruit and look forward to future work by Rebecca Perry. Stone Fruit will be released August 10.

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What else is coming out this month?

Here is the Sweet Hand
by francine j. harris

Playlist for the Apocalypse by Rita Dove



book coverOne of the most anticipated books of poetry being released this month is Pilgrim Bell by Kaveh Akbar, published by Graywolf
Here’s a teaser:

America, I warn you, if you invite me into your home
I will linger,

    kissing my beloveds frankly,
        pulling up radishes
        and capping all your pens.
      There are no good kings,
     only burning palaces.

     Lose me today, so much.

from “The Palace”
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The poet will be doing a reading with Green Apple Bookstore in San Francisco on August 5.
Thanks to Zoom, any of us can attend, even if we’re not in San Francisco! Here’s the link to register.

Just for fun...

...I ran a report this month to see what our bestselling poetry books so far in 2021 have been. Here are our top-selling 5ish poetry books:

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#1 (and no surprise!) The Hill We Climb, Amanda Gorman

Tied for #2 Devotions, Mary Oliver AND Home Body, Rupi Kaur

#4 Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur

Tied for #5 When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, edited by Joy Harjo  AND Whale Day, Billy Collins

Psst—Whale Day will come out in paperback in October.



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