Award-Winning Novelist to Speak at Ashland University

Award-Winning Novelist to Speak at Ashland University

8/2/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Cheryl Strayed, the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Wild” (Alfred A. Knopf), the New York Times bestseller “Tiny Beautiful Things” (Vintage Books) and the novel “Torch” (Houghton Mifflin), will give a reading at Ashland University as part of its Master of Fine Arts Summer Residency program.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place Aug. 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

“Wild” was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. It has been optioned for a film by Reese Witherspoon's production company, Pacific Standard. IndieBound selected “Wild” as its No. 1 Indie Next pick for April, Barnes and Noble named it a "Discover Great New Writers" pick on its summer 2012 list, and Amazon named it a "best of March" pick.

“Wild” also will be published in Brazil, Finland, Italy, Germany, Spain, China, the Netherlands, Korea, Sweden, Israel, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Denmark, France, Poland, Norway and Italy.

Strayed's debut novel, “Torch,” was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award and was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top 10 books of the year by writers from the Pacific Northwest.

Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on TheRumpus.net since March 2010. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, Self, The Missouri Review, Brain, Child, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun and elsewhere.

The winner of a Pushcart Prize as well as fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, her essays and stories have been published in The Best American Essays, The Best New American Voices, and other anthologies.

She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She is a founding member of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts, and serves on their board of directors. Raised in Minnesota, Strayed now lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband, the filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, and their two children.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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