Spring Author Series: Cheryl Strayed

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Library Hall

Spend an evening at the library with author Cheryl Strayed. This community talk is free.


About the author
Cheryl Strayed is the author of No. 1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestselling essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company, Pacific Standard. Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on since March 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, The Missouri Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into twenty-six languages around the world.

Fellow author Pam Houston calls Strayed “a courageous, gritty, and deceptively elegant writer." George Saunders says, "Big-hearted, keen-eyed, lyrical, precise...Cheryl Strayed reminds us in every line that if defeat and despair are part of human experience, so are kindness, patience, and transcendence." Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their two children.
Photo by Joni Kabani.

Cheryl Strayed's Reading List


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail
A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.





Watch the Wild book trailer, which includes photos of Strayed on the Pacific Coast Trail





Tiny Beautiful

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar
Tiny Beautiful Things brings the best of Cheryl Strayed's published and never-before-published online columns from in one place and includes a new introduction by Steve Almond.












"Be incredible!" That's the advice Teresa Rae Wood gives the listeners of her popular local radio show, Modern Pioneers!, a kind of hippie Praire Home Companion. Teresa has taken the advice to heart in her own life. As a teen mother and abused wife, she escaped with her two children to rural Minnesota, fell in love with a local carpenter, and raised good kids, Claire and Joshua. Then, at only 38, she receives the devastating news that she is gravely ill. In just a few weeks, she is gone. Torch takes a refreshingly unsentimental view of a family reeling from crisis. Claire drops out of college to devote herself to keeping her mother's memory alive back home. Joshua drifts out of high school and into trouble, keeping his grief silently private. Suddenly thrown into adulthood, they struggle to figure out how to connect in this new, unthinkable situation. Their one remaining ballast is Teresa's gentle common-law husband, Bruce. When Bruce announces news of his own plans, it comes as a shock not only to Claire and Joshua but also to the townspeople who have watched this unusual family grow and have come to love them.



About the Spring Author Series at BWML
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a series of free author talks throughout spring 2013. We proudly welcome Jim Davidson (March 18), Cheryl Strayed (April 11),  Chris Bohjalian (April 17), Mary Roach (April 30) and Kent Haruf (May 15) to the library, and the Steamboat Springs community. Each of these diverse award-winning authors will speak about their literary works and their writing processes during a talk in Library Hall. Each talk will be followed by a Q&A and an opportunity to have authors sign copies of  their books.

Books will be for sale on-site at the event courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

THANK YOU to Bear Claw Condominiums/BREO Inc. for their generous support of this program!