Best-Selling Author Visits Brainerd Public Library


>>>IT’S NOT EVERY DAY THAT A NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR STOPS BY TO CHAT WITH LOCALS, BUT THAT WAS THE CASE TODAY IN BRAINERD. LOS ANGELES AUTHOR J RYAN STRADAL STOPPED BY THE BRAINERD PUBLIC LIBRARY TO TALK ABOUT HIS RECENT BEST-SELLER. CHAZ MOOTZ HAS THE STORY. [APPLAUSE]>>NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR J RYAN STRADAL PROVIDED ENTERTAINMENT AT THE FRIENDS OF THE BRAINERD PUBLIC LIBRARY BROWN BAG EVENT. THIS YEAR’S THE 20TH YEAR OF THE BROWN BAG LIBRARY EVENT, WHICH HAS COME A LONG WAY.>>ORIGINALLY WE THOUGHT GEE, YOU KNOW, COULD WE GET AN AUTHOR TO COME HERE FOR AN AUTHOR VISIT? WE JUST HAD WONDERFUL SUCCESS WITH OUR AUTHOR SERIES.>>STRADAL CURRENTLY RESIDES IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, BUT MINNESOTA AND MORE SPECIFICALLY THE LIBRARY IS HIS TRUE HOME.>>GROWING UP, I WAS A LIBRARY KID IN HASTINGS MINNESOTA. THE LIBRARY WAS MY LIFELINE SO IT IS SO COOL TO COME UP HERE IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA, SMALL TOWNS AND SMALLER CITIES IN MINNESOTA AND VISIT THE LIBRARIES AND SPEAK AT THE LIBRARIES.>>STRADAL’S RECENT HIT “THE LOGGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA” WAS JUST PUBLISHED IN JULY AND THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TODAY’S EVENT.>>”THE LOGGER GREEN OF MINNESOTA” FAMILY DRAMA SET IN WORLD OF BEER. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TOO FAR TO RUN INTO A BREWERY.>>HE’S A FUNNY GUY AND IT IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK.>>WHAT MAKES IT SO INTRIGUES IS THE CONNECTION WITH MIDWESTERN CULTURE.>>IT IS IMPORTANT TO ME TO PUT A LOT OF MINNESOTA CULTURE AND HERITAGE IN BOTH OF MY BOOKS. I WASN’T SEEING IT REPRESENTED AS MUCH AS I’D LIKE IN THE BOOKSHELVES IN THE LIBRARIES OF AMERICA.>>YOU CAN’T REALLY GET THAT UNLESS YOU GROW UP IN MINNESOTA AND THE SMALL TOWNS IN MINNESOTA.>>FOR STRADAL IT IS AN AMAZING FEELING TO TOUR AROUND THE COUNTRY AND MEET HIS FANS.>>IT MAKES ME FEEL TREMENDOUSLY BLESSED AND GRATEFUL AND PEOPLE ACTUALLY DO READ IT. WHEN I COME TO READING NOT JUST FRIENDS AND FAMILY IS THERE, BUT STRANGERS IN THE AUDIENCE ACTUALLY READ MY BOOK. IT IS MIND BLOWING.>>RETURNING TO HIS ROOTS AND THE LOGGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA

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