J. Ryan Stradal
J. Ryan Stradal is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest, which was translated into twelve languages and won numerous awards, including the American Book Association's Indies Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year in 2016. His shorter writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he co-hosts a culinary-themed reading series called Hot Dish, volunteers at the literary/educational nonprofit 826LA, and has worked as a TV producer, notably for Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch. Stradal’s next novel, The Lager Queen of Minnesota, is forthcoming from Pamela Dorman Books/Viking in July 2019.