Nothing says Minnesota like beer. And pie. Both play prominently in J. Ryan Stradal’s latest novel, “The Lager Queen of Minnesota.” Two sisters and a granddaughter find their way through the brewing industry with equal parts laughter and tragedy.
Become a Supporter
Become a Supporter
Virtual Author Interview With Lan Cao
March 11, 2021
On March 11, join host Donna Apidone and Vietnamese-American novelist Lan Cao to discuss her new, dual first-person memoir Family In Six Tones. Cao and her thoroughly American teenage daughter explore their complicated relationship, touching on war and past tragedy, culture clash, bullying and growing up as individuals and as a family.
Family in Six Tones speaks both to refugees' unique struggles and the universal tug-of-war between mothers and daughters. Lan wrestles with her identity in her adoptive country, her ambitions for herself and her daughter and raising a child that is both secure and happy. Harlan reflects and refracts her mother's narrative as she makes her own path through her childhood and adolescence, still feeling the after-effects of a family tragedy.
Free Tickets Soon
Member Benefit Details
At this time, CapRadio’s signature events are free and open to the public. We hope you are able to enjoy and share with others. Broadcast Circle members and above continue to gain first access to registration. Please contact Patti Stoltz at 916-278-8945 for questions about the event or member benefits.
A brilliant duet and a moving exploration of the American immigrant experience.
Brilliant, startling, and necessary, Family in Six Tones takes us deep into the singular bond of a mother and daughter, separated by their countries of birth and of coming of age, yet fiercely connected by a love wrought out of loss and the will to create anew.
LATEST EPISODE | Friday, January 15, 2021
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
Can you change a situation just by changing the narrative? Even if it is an age-old societal concern? Journalist Mary O'Hara says you can. In “The Shame Game” she urges us to change the way we talk to – and about – people who experience poverty.
Monday, October 26, 2020
From slave ships and shackles to freedom of travel, Black Americans have measured their independence by the distance they could safely travel. Dr. Gretchen Sorin’s new book “Driving While Black” explores this history.
Friday, October 9, 2020
When a friend disappears without a trace, you look for her, right? Ruchika Tomar’s award-winning novel, “A Prayer for Travelers,” explores the bonds of friendship and how far people will go in a coming-of-age tale set against the Nevada desert.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Lakshmi escapes her abusive marriage and builds a career. It’s India, 1955. Alka Joshi’s novel, “The Henna Artist,” captures the scenery of urban and country life, the privilege of the aristocracy and the challenges of a self-employed woman.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Devi Laskar’s debut novel, “The Atlas of Reds and Blues,” is an account of systemic racism told through a series of random memories and observations. They are the final thoughts of a woman of color who is shot in her driveway in suburban Atlanta.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Irene Butter was just three years old when the Nazis came into power in her hometown of Berlin. She was in her early teens when the Nazis were defeated. Her memoir is filled with childhood hope and the sense of purpose that comes with age.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Watch CapRadio Reads Host Donna Apidone in an intimate author interview with humanitarian and Holocaust survivor Irene Butter about her memoir, "Shores Beyond Shores."
Thursday, June 4, 2020
A handful of San Francisco missionaries gave sanctuary to Chinatown’s prostitutes and their children starting in the Gold Rush. Julia Flynn Siler delivers non-fiction accounts of the women who escaped prostitution and the women who helped them.