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Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of the books Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, comes to Vassar for a conversation, reading, and q&a on April 29, 2013

Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (2012), her memoir of overcoming personal loss by taking on a 1,000-mile solo trek from the Mojave Desert to Washington State, was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List for seven consecutive weeks and was the first selection of Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club 2.0.  The New York Times Book Review called Wild, “A breathtaking adventure tale and a profound meditation on the nature of grief and survival . . . A literary and human triumph.”

Strayed will discuss her writing with English professor Amitava Kumar, and will read from both Wild and her bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, on Monday, April 29, at 6:30pm in the Sanders Classroom Building Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). An audience q&a and a book signing will immediately follow. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the English Department, the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the Carolyn Fay '36 Endowment, and the Women's Studies program.

Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar (2012) -- a collection of letters and responses that appeared in her popular “Dear Sugar” advice column on TheRumpus.net -- was also a New York Times bestseller. She began writing “Dear Sugar” anonymously in 2010. Earlier Strayed published the critically acclaimed novel Torch (2006), and her books have been translated into 26 languages. Her writings have also appeared in such outlets as The Best American Essays, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, The Missouri Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun. Stryaed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

Writer and journalist Amitava Kumar is Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair. His most recent book A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb (2010) was described by the New York Times as a “perceptive and soulful” meditation on “the cultural and human repercussions” of the global war on terror, and judged the Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year in the Asian American Literary Awards. His novel Home Products (2008) was short-listed for India’s premier literary prize, the Vodafone Crossword Book Award, and was republished in 2010 by Duke University Press under the title Nobody Does the Right Thing (2010). 

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, April 18, 2013