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Local libraries' One Book, One Community reading project welcomes author J. Ryan Stradal for virtual visit Sept. 24


  • J. Ryan Stradal author visit
    J. Ryan Stradal author visit

As part of the 2020 One Book, One Community reading project, area libraries will host a virtual visit and presentation with best-selling author J. Ryan Stradal, writer of The Lager Queen of Minnesota, on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. on the One Book, One Community Facebook page. The author talk will also be presented on the One Book, One Community website. In this online presentation, Stradal will talk about his Midwest roots and his inspiration for becoming a writer. In addition, he will read select sections from the book and discuss some of the characters. All ages are welcome to view this free presentation. For further details, contact Lori West at 701.476.5977.

Stradal’s author talk is sponsored in partnership by the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo public libraries, Concordia College’s Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Livingston Lord Library, North Dakota State University Libraries and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

With a cast of lovable yet complicated characters, The Lager Queen of Minnesota vibrantly captures the values and beauty of the Midwest in this multigenerational story of community, love, family secrets and working class struggles.

J. Ryan Stradal is also the author of the best-selling novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

This is the ninth year of the One Book, One Community reading project, which centers on the community-wide reading of a single book and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation along with a range of related events and activities for residents of all ages. For more information, visit www.1book1community.org.

This event and related project events are possible due to generous support from the Friends of the Fargo Public Library (major sponsor), the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Concordia College Cultural Events, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library and the Friends of the Moorhead Library.