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April 2015

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A shower of April events

April is Poetry Month!

Here’s our display of books of poetry, and there are more books on the shelves!

Poetry at Beagle BooksPoems on sticks

We’ll also be giving away Poems-on-a-Stick while supplies last. This was the brainchild of Minnesota poet David Bengtson, inspired by everything available on a stick at the State Fair.

If you’re inspired to get more poetry into your life, sign up at to receive a poem a day! And if your inspiration is to WRITE poetry, check out the help at and embark on writing a poem a day during April! In Staff Picks and Youth Yak, you’ll hear about some of our favorite poetry.

bookThe Week of the Young Child
April 12 to 18

Businesses throughout Park Rapids are inviting children to participate in special activities. We’ll have an interactive storytime in the store on April 13, 10:00 to 10:30, based on the book Click, Clack, Peep. Each child will receive a prize, and one will win a copy of the book! The event in limited to 15 children. Watch the local newspaper for a full schedule of events.

We’re starting a book group for young people!
Monday, April 20

Get the details on the Book Groups page.

Lauraine Snelling is coming to town
Wednesday, April 22

The Park Rapids Area Library is hosting an event with her at the Park Rapids Armory at 6:30 that evening, and we’ll be on hand to sell books. The event is free, but tickets are required; they are available at the library. Snelling is a lively, personable, and inspiring presenter.You won’t want to miss this event!

Lauraine Snelling
      Here’s a picture of Lauraine Snelling
during her last visit to Sister Wolf Books.

Independent Bookstore Day logoIndependent Bookstore Day
Saturday, May 2

We’ll be part of a nationwide party the first Saturday in May as indie bookstores from coast to coast celebrate everything that makes them unique! bookJoin us for a day-long party!Tim Jollymore will be in the store 11:30 to 2:00, signing copies of Listener in the Snow. Local musician Debbie Center will be on our piano,and we’ll be selling some exclusive items to commemorate the day.We’ll also be announcing our new name and unveiling our new website. Add in refreshments, great customer service, and YOU, and it will be a day to remember!


LouAnn MuhmIntroducing LouAnn

Our newest staff member is LouAnn Muhm. She’s been teaching high school English for 26 years and currently teaches in Nevis, MN. She’s also a poet, and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at Sierra Nevada College. Her first book of poetry, bookBreaking the Glass, was published in 2008 by Loonfeather Press and was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award.LouAnn has two grown children and two granddaughters, and enjoys outdoor activities like kayaking, biking, and cross country skiing, in addition to reading and writing. We know you’ll enjoy talking about books with LouAnn!

BestSellers in March

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Water and What We Know

  Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters

  Mrs. Poe   The New Midwestern Table
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  Fractured Land   Flora & Ulysses    

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Midwest Connections
Books or authors of particular interest to our region


A Reunion of Ghosts
A novel by Judith Claire Mitchell

In the waning days of 1999, the Alter sisters finalize their plans to end their lives. They are the last in a long line of Alters who have killed themselves, beginning with their great-grandmother, the wife of a Jewish Nobel Prize-winning chemist who developed the first poison gas used in World War I and the lethal agent used in Third Reich gas chambers. The chemist himself, their son Richard, and Richard’s children all followed suit.

The childless sisters also define themselves by their own bad luck. Lady, the oldest, never really resumed living after her divorce. Vee is facing cancer’s return. And Delph, the youngest, is resigned to a spinster’s life of stifled dreams. But despite their pain they love each other fiercely, and share a darkly brilliant sense of humor.

As they gather in the ancestral Upper West Side apartment to close the circle of the Alter curse, an epic story about four generations of one family unfolds. A Reunion of Ghosts is a magnificent tale of fate and blood, sin and absolution; partly a memoir of sisters unified by a singular burden, partly an unflinching eulogy of those who have gone before, and above all a profound commentary on the events of the 20th century.


Listen & Other Stories
Short stories by Liam Callanan 

The new collection by acclaimed author of novels The Cloud Atlas and All Saints demands that readers do just what its title asks them: to Listen, as the book crosses the country—and decades—to uncover secrets characters never thought they’d share.

The characters in Listen aren’t the type of people who often get listened to—even though they should. These characters’ trials, missed connections, and sundry challenges are full of surprises—some good, some bad, some funny, some wise, and some all this at once. Perhaps most surprising of all, there’s tenderness here and a lot of heart—which often gets the collection’s characters into a lot of trouble.


In Mary’s Garden
A Children’s Picture Book by Tina Kugler and Carson Kugler

Milwaukee Natives Tina and Carson Kugler present an inviting picture book biography of Wisconsin artist Mary Nohl.

We meet the artist as a young girl, just discovering her talent, and watch as her front yard sculpture garden comes to life. While the rest of her classmates were making pastries in cooking classes, Mary Nohl was making art—anything she fancied out of anything she could find. Inspiration struck Mary even when she wasn’t looking for it. Mary used common objects to make uncommon art. And one day, her garden was a gallery.



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