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Cheryl Strayed of ‘Wild’ Fame to Offer Two Programs While in Sun Valley
Cheryl Strayed will offer two free virtual community programs while participating as a writer-in-residence at The Community Library’s Hemingway House. PHOTO: Graeme Mitchell for the New York Times.
Friday, November 6, 2020


Cheryl Strayed, the author of the bestselling memoir “Wild,” is taking up residence at the historic Hemingway House as The Community Library’s inaugural Jack Grove Writer-in-Residence.

And while here she will present two free virtual programs for the community.

  • On Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. she will present “Cheryl Calling,” modeled after Strayed’s own New York Times podcast “Sugar Calling,” which has offered her a platform to interview such writers as Amy Tan.

    Strayed will discuss her writing, life during the pandemic and more in a conversation led by Martha Williams, the library’s programs and education manager, and Guadalupe Hurtado, a Wood River High School senior and summer reading intern for the library.

    The program will be broadcast on the library’s Livestream at and will be free for all to view. It also will be recorded for later viewing on Livestream.

  • On Friday, Nov. 20, she will lead a free, hour-long virtual writing workshop, “The Story You Have to Tell.” This workshop, will be hosted on Zoom and will be open to people of all writing levels and experience.

Strayed will give a short presentation, guide participants through writing exercises, then conclude with a question-and-answer period. Registration is required at

The Community Library partnered with the Sun Valley Museum of Art to bring Strayed to the community for a lecture in January 2020.

She is the author of the novel “Torch;” “Tiny Beautiful Things,” a collection of essays from her “Dear Sugar” advice column; “Brave Enough,” billed as a mini-instruction manual for the soul, and “Wild,” which was Oprah Winfrey’s first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

“Wild” was later adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon as a young Strayed who resolved to backpack 1,100 miles of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail following the death of her mother and her marriage.

“Through her writing and generous spirit, Cheryl exemplifies the curious nature and creative collaboration we seek to encourage through this residency program,” said Williams. “And while her engagement with our community will look different during COVID-19, it will be no less memorable and the virtual format will actually allow even more people to participate.”

The Jack Grove Residency honors the memory of the late Sun Valley resident Jack Grove who loved reading and history and demonstrated inspiring community-mindedness. The Hemingway House, part of The Community Library is the former residence of Ernest Hemingway. It has hosted four writers-in-residence to date.



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