J Ryan Stradal at Boswell
Kitchens of the Great Midwest was a huge hit at Boswell, an endearing novel of the Heartland that also got great reviews. Now he's back with The Lager Queen of Minnesota, an "absolutely delightful" (Kirkus) novel about family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer. He'll be at Boswell on Wednesday, August 14, 7 pm.
Edith Magnusson's rhubarb pies are famous in the Twin Cities - they were named the third-best in the state of Minnesota and St. Anthony-Waterside Nursing Home has quickly becomes the hottest dinner ticket in town. Still, she lays awake wondering how her life might have been different if her father hadn't left their family farm to her sister Helen, a decision that split their family in two.
With the proceeds from the farm, her sister, Helen Blotz, built her husband Orval's family soda business into the top selling brewery in Minnesota. She single-handedly created the light beer revolution and made their corporate motto ubiquitous: Drink lots, it's Blotz. But Helen dismisses IPA's as a fad, and the Blotz fortune begins its inevitable decline. Soon, though, she finds a potential savior that's surprisingly close to home
Diana Winter earns a shot at learning the beer business from the ground up just as the IPA revolution begins. The stakes couldn't be higher: just as shes launching her own brewpub, shes due to deliver a baby girl. When the unthinkable happens, it's up to Grandma Edithand a delightfully surprising cadre of grandmother friends to secure the next generations chances for a better future. Can Grandma Edith's Rhubarb Pie In A Bottle Ale save Diana's fledgling brewery, and change their hearts and fortunes forever?
The Lager Queen of Minnesota serves up a cast of lovable, quintessentially Midwestern characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting, humorous, emotional family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, were surprised, moved, and delighted.
This event is free on Wednesday, August 14, 7 pm, but we'd love for you to register at stradalmke.bpt.me. As an extra incentive, ten lucky attendees will get $5 Boswell gift cards at the event. No purchase required, but you must register in advance and attend to qualify.
Boswell Book Company (View)
2559 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
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