NYT bestseller Cheryl Strayed to talk about how Wild writing can be

Jessica Yang, Staff Reporter

Popular author Cheryl Strayed, best known for her New York Times bestseller novel, “Wild,” is coming to Cleveland on Nov. 19, as a part of the Writers Center Stage series, where writers are invited to talk about their works, their process and more.

“Wild,” the novel that Strayed is best known for, is her memoir about her journey of rediscovery, realizations and more that she took after her mother died. Strayed’s mother died when Strayed was 22 and soon after, her stepfather left her family. Her sister and brother became distant and soon, Strayed became involved with heroin. Eventually, Strayed divorced her husband and decided to take a backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail, which starts at the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, ending at Washington State. Strayed had no prior backpacking knowledge or experience and in “Wild,” she documents the physical obstacles that she had to overcome throughout her 1,100-mile solo journey.

“Wild” was not only selected as the inaugural selection for the relaunch of Oprah’s book club but also the number one novel in the “Memoir and Autobiography” category for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012. It is also translated in 28 languages.

In addition to writing “Wild,” Strayed has also written the column, “Dear Sugar” on the The Rumpus and a selection of her columns have been collected in a book, “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar,” which debuted on number 5 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

The Cheryl Strayed lecture is a part of the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Program, an event by Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation. This event strives to introduce a diverse group of writers of the contemporary literary world as well as add to the cultural offerings of Cleveland. Case Western Reserve University is also a sponsor.

The Cheryl Strayed event on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ohio Theatre includes a lecture about Cheryl Strayed’s writing process and her novel, “Wild.” There will also be a Q&A and book signing after the lecture. Tickets are available at the Office of Student Affairs in Adelbert Hall on a first-come, first-served basis.