Strayed but Not Lost

Cheryl Strayed is a motherfucking heart surgeon. Few who have read her can claim they haven’t been touched by her writ-ing in some profound, life-altering way. From her frank, evocative Dear Sugar advice column on the literary website The Rumpus (also now in book form as Tiny Beautiful Things) to her memoir Wild, which Oprah Winfrey chose to revitalize her book club, Strayed’s words exist in the nurturing fractures of capital-f Feelings, the core of which is: guts. She doesn’t so much as move you as shove you in the direction of hope and empathy, which is fitting since her reading tonight is part of City Arts & Lectures’ “On Arts,” a series benefiting the 826 Valencia scholarship program. “On Arts” has and continues to bring in huge names from the literary world: Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, Nick Hornby, Sherman Alexie (who reads on Wednesday), Michael Chabon, and so on, all in support of our favorite literary nonprofit and pirate store, which helps kids realize their writing dreams through tutoring, workshops, publishing, and pirate booty. These events often sell out, so get your tickets in advance, and prepare to, as Strayed once wrote, “Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start here.”
Mon., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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