‘The Lager Queen of Minnesota’ Selected as 2020 One Book, One Community Title

In partnership, the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo public libraries, Concordia College’s Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Livingston Lord Library, North Dakota State University Libraries, Moorhead Community Education, and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County have selected the national bestseller The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal as the 2020 One Book, One Community selection.

With a cast of lovable yet complicated characters, The Lager Queen of Minnesota vibrantly captures the values and beauty of the Midwest in this multigenerational story of community, love, family secrets, and working class struggles. It is a story of two generations of female brewers who each reckon with a chance to repeat or resolve the mistakes that tore their family apart. Brought together by hardship, the women discover that they are the only people who can help save one another, in life and in the business of beer.

This year’s One Book, One Community reading project launches in August and features several events including community book discussions, cooking events, craft programs, and other engaging programs. The event series includes a virtual author visit on Thursday, Sept. 24, starting at 7 p.m. Further details about author J. Ryan Stradal’s online visit will be announced at a later date

Copies of the book will be available for check out in several formats (physical and digital) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits will also available. For a list of related events and resources, visit any participating library’s website for in-person event policies starting August 3.

This is the ninth year of the One Book, One Community reading project, which centers on the community-wide reading of a single book and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation along with a range of related events and activities for residents of all ages.

All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library (major sponsor), the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, Concordia Cultural Events, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library and Moorhead Community Education.