One Book Author Stradal Touring SD in July

First Stop is Sioux Falls on July 17

Eva Thorvald, the "foodie" heroine of 2017 One Book South Dakota "Kitchens of the Great Midwest," journeys throughout the Midwest leaving satisfied diners in her wake. The creator of her character will soon be doing the same.

J. Ryan Stradal, whose award-winning debut novel has been called "ingenious" by New York Times Book Review, will stop in four communities this summer and fall before appearing at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books, Sept. 21-24 in Deadwood and Rapid City. 

Tickets Available

Attend a tour stop to meet Stradal and listen to him discuss the novel, his inspiration for writing it and much more. To buy tickets and find more information about our Deadwood event, visit the South Dakota Festival of Books website.

Stradal will be in Sioux Falls at K Restaurant July 17 before heading to Charley's Restaurant at the Goss Opera House in Watertown July 18. Next up is Pierre's Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center on July 20. 

Finally, he'll appear in Rapid City Sept. 20 before being featured at the Deadwood event. Full details about each One Book Tour event can be found by scrolling below or visiting the ticket page.  

Stradal will also be featured in free book signings prior to his tour events in Sioux Falls, Watertown and Pierre. 

  • Sioux Falls - July 17: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Zandbroz Variety (209 S. Phillips Ave.)
  • Watertown - July 18: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at DDR Books (7. S. Maple St.)
  • Pierre - July 20: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Prairie Pages Bookseller (321 S. Pierre St.)

About Stradal and "Kitchens"

A popular presenter at the 2016 South Dakota Festival of Books, Stradal is a native of Hastings, Minn. His Midwest upbringing was part of his inspiration for the novel, which is set in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa and more.

By turns quirky, hilarious and vividly sensory, "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" tells an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life – its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. Eva Thorvald is a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country's most coveted dinner reservation.

Stradal edits the fiction section of The Nervous Breakdown and works as an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press. His shorter writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review of Books and McSweeney's: The Goods, among other places.

He lives in Los Angeles and has worked as a TV producer, notably for the History Channel's Ice Road Truckers and Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch.

Host a Discussion and Supply Your Club with Books

Want to read "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" as a group? Apply to host an SDHC-sponsored reading group at

Your $50 application fee will get you up to 30 copies of the book from our Lending Library and a scholar to lead your discussion.

You can also download a free book club kit featuring:

  • Reviews of the book
  • Discussion questions
  • Book party snack recipes
  • Wine pairings
  • Author Q&A
  • A Spotify music playlist hand-picked by Stradal

Visit this page get a free copy of the book kit as well as 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books updates. 

J. Ryan Stradal is the 2017 One Book South Dakota Author

One Book Tour Stops

Sioux Falls - July 17

K Restaurant (401 E. 8th St. - South End of Boardwalk at 8th & RR Center)
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the best in local food from Tina Keuhn of K Restaurant, Kristine Moberg of Queen City Bakery, and Sanaa Abourezk of Sanaa's Gourmet Mediterranean. The event features a cash bar.

TICKETS: Available at

Watertown - July 18

Charley's Restaurant at the Goss Opera House (100 Kemp Ave.)
6 - 8 p.m.

Featuring tasty local hors d'ouevres and a cash bar amidst the historic architecture and old world decor of the Goss.

TICKETS: Available at or at the Watertown Public Library (160 Sixth St. NE)

Pierre - July 20

Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center (920 W. Sioux Ave.)
6-8 p.m.

Sample food featured in the book, enjoy music by Ron Smith, hear from Lindy & Matt Geraets of B&G Produce, and learn how Stradal wrote his book. Cash bar.

TICKETS: Available at Prairie Pages Bookseller (321 S. Pierre St.)