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May 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Virtual Evening with J. Ryan Stradal & Katie Taylor


May 15, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Books & Books presents

A Virtual Evening with


in conversation with



Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club: A Novel

(Pamela Dorman Books, $28.00)

Monday, May 15th, 2023, 7 PM ET


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with J. Ryan Stradal and Katie Taylor discussing Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club: A Novel (Pamela Dorman Books, $28.00).

About the Book: 

“Stradal serves up another saga of food and family, hurt and healing, pitched between cliff-hanger moments. . . that make the pages fly.” —People

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.

About the Moderator:

Katie Taylor is an avid reader, creator of The Grateful Read, a fiction-dedicated Instagram account with over 28,000 followers, and previously worked in book publishing as a marketer at Dutton, Plume, and Tiny Reparations Books, divisions of Penguin Random House. She has worked with authors including Adriana Trigiani, Drew Barrymore, Riley Sager, John Green, Hank Green, Dr. Anna Lembke, Jonathan Evison, Kai Harris and more. She now works in Product Marketing for a large technology company, and lives in Darien, CT, with her husband Matt, and two dogs, Murphy and Jude.