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Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series Luncheon with J. Ryan Stradal
High Cotton
Charleston, SC
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Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series Luncheon with J. Ryan Stradal
Join us Friday, March 31 at noon for Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series luncheon at High Cotton, with NY Times Best Selling Novelist J. Ryan Stradal discussing his novel "Kitchens of the Great Midwest." It was selected as a best book of the year by Amazon, BookPage, LibraryReads and NPR.

An impressive feat of narrative jujitsu... that keeps readers turning the pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they are. --The New York Times Book Review, Editors Pick.

Tickets for this event are:
-- Luncheon Only
$31 for the three-course luncheon and discussion
-- Luncheon Plus Signed Paperback Book
$47 includes the luncheon and a signed, paperback copy of "Kitchens of the Great Midwest"

-- Luncheon-For-Two Plus One Signed Book
$78 includes the luncheon for two plus one, signed, paperback  copy of "Kitchens of the Great Midwest"

"Kitchens of the Great Midwest" is a novel about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country's most coveted dinner reservation.

When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine and a dashing sommelier, hes left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. Hes determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter, starting with puréed pork shoulder.

As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva's journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast thats a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal's startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity.

By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life, its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.

"Kitchens of the Great Midwest" is J. Ryan Stradal's first novel and reached the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller list at #19 on its third week of release. The American Booksellers Association named Kitchens the Indies Choice Book of the Year Award  Adult Debut Winner.

So far, Kitchens has been acquired for publication overseas in 12 countries and Warner Bros. has optioned the film and TV rights.

His shorter writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, BuzzFeed, Los Angeles Magazine and Knee-Jerk Magazine. A selection of his short stories, compiled under the title "Nerd & Whore are Friends," was a 2013 finalist in the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition.

His short fiction has also been anthologized, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and named a finalist for the James Kirkwood Literary Prize.

Stradal worked as the fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown from July 2013 to November 2016, stepping down to take a fiction editor job at TASTE, and has been an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press in Los Angeles since January 2015.  He was also editor of the 2014 California Prose Directory, an anthology of writing about California by California writers.

He has often worked in television, story editing or producing shows working primarily for Original Productions from 2008 to 2014. He was the senior story producer on Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers and a supervising producer on IRT: Deadliest Roads, "Storage Wars," and Storage Wars: Texas.

Stradal lives and works in Los Angeles County, California; he grew up in Hastings in southern Minnesota where he often failed his driver's license exams, and graduated from Northwestern University, where he often slipped on the ice. He does not own a gun and a motorcycle, which makes him unique among the men in his extended family. He likes books, wine, sports, root beer and peas.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served promptly at noon. Limited seating provides an intimate experience with the author. There is a cash bar for your enjoyment.

High Cotton is located at 199 East Bay Street, where the luncheon and discussion will take place. Parking is available at the Cumberland Street Garage, other municipal lots or at meters on the street.


High Cotton (View)
199 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
United States


Arts > Literary

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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On BPT Since: Apr 27, 2009
Susan Lucas

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