Deschutes Public Library Foundation’s Author! Author! Literary Series Presents Cheryl Strayed

Posted By:  Chantal Strobel
Date Posted:  2/3/2014

This event is sold out.

Wild by Cheryl StrayedCheryl Strayed, author of the New York Times bestsellers Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Strayed will serve as the third author of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation’s 2013/2014 Author! Author! literary series. Strayed will speak at the Bend High auditorium on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Revenue from ticket sales provides funds to support Library services and programs.

Wild, shares the inward and outward journey of a young woman grieving after losing her mother to cancer and losing herself to addictions and dysfunctional relationships. Strayed walks on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon and ending her trek at the Bridge of the Gods.

“We are delighted to have Oregon author Cheryl Strayed present as part of the Library Foundation’s Author! Author! literary series,” said Author! Author! Project Director Chantal Strobel. “The Author! Author! Literary Series celebrates four of the finest authors writing today and expands the cultural and literary landscape in Central Oregon through increasing literacy, strengthening community dialogue, and enhancing the programs and services of the Deschutes Public Library.”

Strobel said Strayed was selected because her memoir resonates with many throughout Central Oregon. “Strayed’s grueling journey through grief and self-discovery, continues to resonate with thousands of readers,” Strobel said. “Wild remains as one of the most popular books circulating at the six Deschutes Public Libraries and has been discussed at hundreds of book clubs throughout Deschutes County. There is also a lot of interest because the film starring Reese Witherspoon was shot in areas of Central Oregon.”

In an effort to increase exposure to literature and engage teens in civic dialogue, the Library Foundation provides tickets for up to 200 area high schools students to attend the four author presentations and receive copies of the author’s books.

“The Library Foundation works closely with regional high schools to provide books for students to read prior to each author’s visit and tickets for students to attend the author presentations,” Strobel said. “This is part of an effort to reach out to young adults in the region and expose them to quality literature while engaging them in discussions regarding the book’s themes and content.”

General admission tickets are $20. Tickets are still available at

For more information, visit the Deschutes Public Library Foundation website at or call: (541) 312-1027 or email:

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