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'Wild' Author Cheryl Strayed Joins Darien Library's Novel Tea

Author Cheryl Strayed will join the Darien Library for "Novel Tea" at Wee Burn Country Club on March 30.
Author Cheryl Strayed will join the Darien Library for "Novel Tea" at Wee Burn Country Club on March 30. Photo Credit: Joni Kabana

DARIEN, Conn. — Darien Library presents its first-ever “Novel Tea” fundraiser on Wednesday, March 30. The event will feature bestselling Cheryl Strayed, author of "Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail."

“We can’t wait to discuss in person with Cheryl Strayed,” said Tara Ochman, fundraising chair of the Darien Library Board of Trustees. “Her journey as someone whose life has seemingly been all but determined, but who chose to take a chance, and in doing so, opened herself up to limitless possibilities.”

At 22, Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State -- and to do it alone.

She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” Strayed is also a co-host of the WBUR podcast "Dear Sugar Radio," which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus.

“We are very excited about our first Novel Tea at Wee Burn,” said Tad Smith, board president. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from this New York Times bestselling author while supporting our outstanding library.”

All funds raised will be dedicated to library resources -- including technology, purchasing new books, and supporting programs and guest speakers.

“This is the Darien Library at its finest,” said Ochman, “providing quality and insightful programs in our community. We thank our attendees for going on this adventure with us, while supporting the Annual Campaign.”

Tables are currently available for presale at $2,500 or $4,500. Single tickets will be on sale, pending availability, in February. The lunch will be held from noon to 2 p.m., at Wee Burn Country Club, 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd., in Darien.

To purchase a table or for more information click here or call the library administrative office at 203-669-5220.

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