Cheryl Strayed: How to Survive Family and Loss
Association of Writers and Writing Programs - Hynes Convention Center
(Bob Morris (moderator), Augusten Burroughs, Cheryl Strayed) Augusten Burroughs, author of memoirs Running with Scissors and Dry, and Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild and the voice behind the Rumpus's beloved "Dear Sugar" column, will present readings of their work, followed by a discussion moderated by columnist and commentator Bob Morris, author of the memoir Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with My Dad. The authors will be introduced by playwright and novelist Bonnie Culver, director of the Wilkes University Low-Residency MA/MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Augusten Burroughs was born in 1965 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was raised in Western Massachusetts and has no formal education beyond grade school. At the age of thirty-four, after a successful career in advertising, Augusten began what would become his first book, the novel, Sellevision. Seven best-selling books have followed, including the memoirs Running with Scissors and Dry, and the essay collections Magical Thinking and Possible Side Effects. He has contributed numerous commentaries for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and his writing has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the London Times, and the Guardian UK. Augusten lives in New York City.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company. Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on The Rumpus since March 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post Magazine. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota.