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Spring Is Coming!

We were thrilled and relieved when the weather began to warm up and much of the snow in Park Rapids started to melt off! We won’t be surprised if it snows this month, but it’s lovely to feel that spring may actually be here! And if spring’s here, you know the events calendar at the store is beginning to fill up!


Winter's Children
April 2, 2:00 to 4:00

Winter’s Children author Ryan Rodgers will be in Park Rapids for an event co-sponsored by Beagle and Wolf Books and the local Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club. The event will be at the Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails warming house, located at 25467 US HWY 71, 8 miles north of Park Rapids. Join with skiers from all over the area to hear directly from the author, swap stories and history with skiers and history buffs, and have an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Winter’s Children. Ryan RodgersThe club will hold a pot-luck with grilled brats/ hotdogs after the presentation.

Questions? Call the store (218-237-2665) and ask for Brita.

In case of inclement weather (mud), the event will be held at the store. Call the store, 218-237-2665, the morning of the event if you’re uncertain where it will be.

See Brita's review of Winter's Children.


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Week of the Young Child

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On April 5, we’ll open our doors to young children and their caregivers for an interactive story time, 10:00 to 10:30. It’s all part of this year’s Week of the Young Child. Because of space restrictions, reservations are required. Call 218-237-2665 to reserve a spot for your child.  
While supplies last.

book coverbook coverSpring Retreat
April 23, 10:00 to 4:00
Northern Pines Campground

Enjoy a day outside your normal routine with a lively group of readers!

We’ll all read The Fox and I and Pax ahead of time and will explore the theme “Uncommon Friendships” through discussing them.

Our meeting place will be the comfortable Fireside Room at Northern Pines Campground, just north of Park Rapids.

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The registration fee of $50 will cover the venue, lunch, snack, and facilitation. Books and travel will be extra. (If you buy the books, we expect you to buy them from Beagle and Wolf. We’lll give you a 10% discount.)

NOrthern Pines Camp signIf you’re coming from out of town and want to extend your stay, contact the camp directly for lodging information, 218-732-4713 or northernpines@unitelc.som.

To register or for more information, email or call the store, 218.237.2665.

Everyone in attendance must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID.

April 11 is the last day to register for the retreat.

Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 30, 2022Independent Bookstore Day
April 30, 2022

Independent Bookstore Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap: Pick up a free copy on April 30, Independent Bookstore DayDay is a one-day celebration that will take place at indie bookstores across the country on, April 30, 2022.We’ll have birthday cake (it’s been seven years since we combined Beagle Books & Bindery and Sister Wolf Books!), exclusive merchandise produced just for the day, we’ll be giving away some great prizes and a book with every purchase, AND the new Indie Bookstore map will be available! We’re not in this logo, but we are in the map itself!

Angie Thomas: Independent Bookstore Day 2022 Ambassador #IndieBookstoreDay



Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, is the Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador!

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Jeanne Cooney will be in the store 1:00 to 3:00 to sign copies of her new book. We want you to join the fun!

Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap: Pick up a free copy on April 30, Independent Bookstore Day

Indie Bookstores are our jam!

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We WILL have Author Fest this year, June 18 at the American Legion, 11:00 to 3:00. Authors will be added to our website Events page as they are confirmed!
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Where’s Waldo? July 1 to 31

Our Lake LodgeFall Retreat, October 7 to 9



Find more information about each event here.

March Bestsellers

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

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The Cultural Toolbox
Anton Treuer


Sara Pennypacker


Fox & I
Catherine Raven


It Was All a Lie
Stuart Stevens


The Lincoln Highway
Amor Towles

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Mary Oliver

Bird by Bird
Anne Lamott


Run, Rose, Run
James Patterson and Dolly Parton


Maus: A Survivors Tale
Part 1
Art Spiegelman

  Maus: A Survivors Tale
Part 2
Art Spiegelman
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The Seed Keeper
Diane Wilson
  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Reid
  Anxious People
Frederick Backman
  Of Women and Salt
Gabriela Garcia
Peter Geye

Paws for Poetry



Wondering how to celebrate?

The Academy of American Poets recommends:

  1. Sign-up for Poem-a-Day, curated this month by award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield, and read a poem each morning.

  2. Sign-up to receive a free National Poetry Month poster, featuring lines by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, or download the PDF and display it for the occasion.

  3. Read 2020’s most-read poem by a contemporary poet, Naomi Shihab Nye's poem "Kindness."

And 27 more! To see the whole list, visit: 30 Ways to Celebrate the 25th Annual National Poetry Month at Home or Online |

National Poetry Month 2022 poster: There's a Poem in this Place
  The winner of this year’s Poetry Month poster contest! (Bonus points if you know the text refers to work by Joy Harjo without doing a search!)

book coverThings You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza
Mosab Abu Toha

This is a debut collection by Mosab Abu Toha and it’s magnificent. The last book I read before reading this collection was Bittersweet by Susan Cain—a book about how not only is hardship inevitable, it often leads to amazing creative offerings. This couldn’t have been a better prelude to reading Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear. The author has drawn on his childhood in Gaza for the material of this collection. I’d be hard-pressed to tell you if the most common word in the collection is bomb or shrapnel or F-16s.With that heartbreaking material, an incredible and beautiful creative offering has risen from its ashes. The poems range in length from 4 lines to 11 pages, filled with family and death and hardship and beauty.
Here is part I of the collection’s title poem:

 When you open my ear, touch it
My mother’s voice lingers somewhere inside.
 Her voice is the echo that helps recover my equilibrium
 when I feel dizzy during my attentiveness.
 You may encounter songs in Arabic,
 poems in English I recite to myself,
 or a song I chant to the chirping birds in our backyard.

 When you stitch the cut, don’t forget to put all these back in my ear.
 Put them back in order as you would do with books on your shelf.

To read the rest of the poem, visit:

book cover Not Overly Poetic Poems
Edited by Kerry Casey

There’s all kinds of poetry – from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shel Silverstein to Rumi to Mary Oliver. Well-established and beloved novelist Kerry Casey (Fall to Grace, Runt, The Wager, Slender Wish, The Singer) offers Volume One of Kerry Casey’s Not Overly Poetic Poems. These fun, short observances of life (ie: the author overhears his wife telling their son he’ll like sex at college…….whoops, she said stats) intend to exclude no one. As the author explains:

“…..You’ll find poems about bacon, cancer, dogs, mothers, Cheetos, love, politics, children, aging and more. I think you’ll like them. They aren’t overly pretentious, overly predictable or overly poetic.”

Dip in and enjoy!


book cover How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope

A year ago the world was blessed with this gem of a poetry collection, edited by James Crews.

book coverThe Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy
Edited by James Crews

And now……….there’s a new one coming out this month! Again it includes some of my favorite poets and I suspect some of my future favorite poets. The Path to Kindness, offers more than 100 deeply felt and relatable poems from a diverse range of voices including well-known writers Julia Alvarez, Marie Howe, Ellen Bass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alberto Ríos, Ross Gay, and Ada Limón, as well as new and emerging voices. Featured Black poets include January Gill O’Neil, Tracy K. Smith, and Cornelius Eady. Native American poets include Kimberly Blaeser, Joy Harjo (current U.S. Poet Laureate), and Linda Hogan. The collection also features international voices, including Canadian poets Lorna Crozier and Susan Musgrave. Presented in the same perfect-in-the-hand format as How to Love the World, the collection includes prompts for journaling and exploration of selected poems, a book group guide, bios of all the contributing poets, and stunning cover art by award-winning artist Dinara Mirtalipova. A foreword by Danusha Laméris, along with her popular poem "Small Kindnesses," is also included. 


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