Literary Tea Adventure with New York Times bestselling author J. Ryan Stradal
in partnership with The Westgate Hotel
Saturday, June 25, 2016
The Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $45 per person
About the Event
Enjoy a fanciful afternoon tea at the historic Westgate Hotel with New York Times bestselling author, J. Ryan Stradal. Our Literary Tea Adventure will be a charming gathering where you can unwind while indulging in a delectable array of scrumptious tea sandwiches, sweet pastries, scones, seasonal berries, and a glass of bubbly.
Join us for this excellent event with one of the newest and most promising voices in fiction and the American Bookseller Association's Debut Author of the Year, who in his bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest, takes on an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life: its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. Your Adventure includes an elegant tea, book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet the authorup close and personal in an intimate and authentic setting.
Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, or pre-order your copy below for delivery and signing at the event.
About the Book and Author
J. Ryan Stradal grew up in the Midwest, in the southern Minnesota town of Hastings, where he often failed his driver's license exams, and graduated from Northwestern University, where he often slipped on the ice, before relocating to work in Los Angeles County, California. He works as the fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown and as an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press. He also co-produces the literary/culinary series "Hot Dish", and works in many other sectors of television.
His first novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, was published by Viking/Pamela Dorman Books in July 2015, and reached the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller list at #19 on its third week of release and in September 2015, Warner Bros. optioned the film/TV rights. His shorter writing has appeared in Hobart, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Magazine, Goodreads, The California Prose Directory (2013), The Huffington Post, and many other publications. A selection of J. Ryan's short stories, compiled under the title "Nerd & Whore are Friends," was a 2013 finalist in the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition.
Each chapter in Kitchens of the Great Midwest tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of the foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine, and a dashing sommelier, he's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's 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 that's a testament to her spirit and resilience.
Book Club Kit
Click here to download the official Book Club Guide to Kitchens of the Great Midwest, and don't forget to bring your club & questions to this fantastic event!
Registration for this Literary Tea Adventure is ONLY available at the Westgate Hotel (click here for direct link to Westgate Eventbrite Ticketing *tax, ticketing fee, and gratuity added)
Please note that the event is $45 per person; tax and gratuity will be added upon checkout. The PayPal shopping cart below is to pre-order a signed copy of Kitchens of Great Midwest only and will not register you for the tea.
Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order a signed copy of Kitchens of the Great Midwest to be delivered at the event: