St. Louis County Library celebrates the 2013 Read St. Louis Memoir selection with a special event bestselling author Cheryl Strayed. Strayed will discuss and sign her highly-acclaimed memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" on Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh.
The program is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Left Bank Books will provide copies of Ms. Strayed's books for purchase and signing at the program.
An Oprah Book Club selection, "Wild" is a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again. Deeply grieving the death of her mother and destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed made the impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail--and to do it alone. The trail was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise," but it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Told with great suspense, warmth, and humor, "Wild" vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of "Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar" and the novel "Torch." Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, and "The Best American Essays."
"Wild" is the memoir selection for Read St. Louis 2013 presented by the St. Louis County Library, St. Louis Public Library, and the St. Charles City-County Library. At the core of the Read St. Louis program is a belief that making reading fun, exciting and educational, will stimulate a passion for lifelong learning in all of us.
Read St. Louis 2013 Titles:
Distinguished Literary Achievement - Richard Ford, "Canada
Memoir - Cheryl Strayed, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail"
Fiction - Laura Moriarty, "The Chaperone"
Non-Fiction - Andrew Carroll, "Here is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History"
Children's Literature - Mem Fox, "Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!"
The libraries host major events with each of the selected authors. For more information, visit www.readstlouis.org. Read St. Louis is made possible by a generous grant from the UPS Foundation. Co-sponsors include St. Louis Public Radio, KMOV Channel 4, and the Literacy Roundtable.