JOLIET, Ill. – New York Times best-selling novelist Cheryl Strayed will speak at the University of St. Francis Pat Sullivan Recreation Center at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18. Her presentation will be followed by a book signing.
Strayed is the author of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling memoir, Wild. At age 22, Strayed found herself shattered by two major life events: her mother’s sudden death from cancer and the end of her young marriage. Strayed hit rock bottom and decided to confront her emotional pain by attempting to trek over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild tells the amateur hiker’s tale and displays her struggles to find inner peace and stability.
Strayed’s story was so inspiring that it moved Oprah Winfrey to revive her tremendously popular book club, making Wild its inaugural selection for the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Readers jumped at the chance to be a part of the new, interactive platform and Wild soon ascended to the #1 spot on The New York Times bestseller list.
Her story of survival continues to motivate and inspire crowds. A dynamic speaker, Strayed’s moving rhetoric resonates with audiences of all types. Revealed as the voice behind the TheRumpus.net’s beloved “Dear Sugar” column, Cheryl Strayed has been hailed by The New Republic as “the ultimate advice columnist for the Internet age, remaking a genre that has existed, in more or less the same form, since well before Nathanael West’s acerbic novella ‘Miss Lonelyhearts’ first put a face on the figure in 1933.”
Strayed is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel Torch, a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award. Her stories and essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Allure, and The Best American Essays. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She’s a founding member of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts, and serves on their board of directors. Raised in Minnesota, Strayed now lives in Portland, Oregon.
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