Library to host fundraiser with ‘Wild’ author
Updated 6:37 pm, Thursday, January 14, 2016
Darien Library has invited a woman renowned for her perilous hike of the Pacific Crest Trail to stop by for tea at Wee Burn Country Club.
The library will launch a new fundraiser format March 30 with an appearance by Cheryl Strayed, author of “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail,” a memoir that topped The New York Times best-sellers list and was made into the Oscar-nominated film “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon in 2014.
“We can’t wait to discuss in person with Cheryl Strayed,” Tara Ochman, fundraising chair of the Darien Library Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “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.”
Funds raised at the event, to be held from noon to 2 p.m. on March 30, will be used to upgrade technology, purchase new books and support programs and guest speakers, according to the library.
In the wake of her mother’s death and her own failing marriage, Strayed hiked the trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. She was 26, alone and had no experience as a long-distance hiker.
She has also written “Tiny Beautiful Things,” “Brave Enough” and “Torch.” “Wild” was the first selection of the re-launch of Oprah Winfrey’s book club. Additionally, Strayed is the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, inspired by her advice column. She lives in Portland, Ore.
“We are very excited about our first Novel Tea at Wee Burn,” said Tad Smith, President of the Darien Library Board of Trustees. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from this New York Times bestselling author while supporting our outstanding Library.”
Tables are available for presale at $2,500 or $4,500, and single tickets will be on sale, pending availability, next month. For more information visit darienlibrary.org/noveltea or call 203-669-5220.
“This is the Darien Library at its finest,” Ochman said. “Providing quality and insightful programs in our community. We thank our attendees for going on this adventure with us, while supporting the annual campaign.”