Cocktail Hour with J Ryan Stradal at the 900 Club | Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 pm

{pages} is very pleased to welcome back one of our favorite authors and good friend of {pages}, J. Ryan Stradal for a very special evening celebrating publication of his new novel, Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club.  J. Ryan is the author of two previous novels, Kitchens of the Great Midwest (a staff favorite for all time) and The Lager Queen of Minnesota, for which we hosted an event at the LA Ale Works. 

To celebrate publication of Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club (our new favorite) we are thrilled to partner with our neighbors right next door at the 900 Club. Your ticket includes a signed copy of Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club, an Old Fashioned cocktail (made to the book’s specifications) and light nibbles including a relish tray, a beloved staple of the Lakeside Supper Club and spectacular conversation between J. Ryan and Taylor Kay Smith who will be discussing J. Ryan’s latest and other things decidedly midwest.  This will be a fun one and you don’t want to miss out; a cocktail and book talk with {pages} and J. Ryan at 6:30 and an 8:00 dinner reservation somewhere downtown.  We think it’s a pretty perfect night out!

Ticket: $60

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About the Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author J. Ryan Stradal, a story of a couple from two very different restaurant families in rustic Minnesota, and the legacy of love and tragedy, of hardship and hope, that unites and divides them.

    Mariel Prager needs a break. Her husband Ned is having an identity crisis, her spunky, beloved restaurant is bleeding money by the day, and her mother Florence is stubbornly refusing to leave the church where she’s been holed up for more than a week. The Lakeside Supper Club has been in her family for decades, and while Mariel’s grandmother embraced the business, seeing it as a saving grace, Florence never took to it. When Mariel inherited the restaurant, skipping Florence, it created a rift between mother and daughter that never quite healed.
    Ned is also an heir—to a chain of home-style diners—and while he doesn't have a head for business, he knows his family's chain could provide a better future than his wife's fading restaurant. In the aftermath of a devastating tragedy, Ned and Mariel lose almost everything they hold dear, and the hard-won victories of each family hang in the balance. With their dreams dashed, can one fractured family find a way to rebuild despite their losses, and will the Lakeside Supper Club be their salvation?
    In this colorful, vanishing world of relish trays and brandy Old Fashioneds, J. Ryan Stradal has once again given us a story full of his signature honest, lovable yet fallible Midwestern characters as they grapple with love, loss, and marriage; what we hold onto and what we leave behind; and what our legacy will be when we are gone.


About the author:


J. Ryan Stradal is the author of New York Times bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest and national bestseller The Lager Queen of Minnesota. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the American Booksellers Association Indies Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in California with his family.

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