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Cheryl Strayed, author of “Wild” and PCT hiker, coming to Wenatchee in April for FREE event

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(L-R):  Angela Morris, NCRL’s director of public services; Deputy Director Barbara Walters; Adult Services Manager Kim Neher; Book Clubs Coordinator Anne Brangwin at the PCT trailhead at Stevens Pass. (Photo courtesy of NCRL)

North Central Regional Library (NCRL) is excited to announce that Cheryl Strayed, well-known author of Wild and Pacific Crest Trail hiker, will be coming to Wenatchee in April for a public event.

NCRL is encouraging everyone to read her book Wild, which chronicles Strayed’s experiences solo-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in California and Oregon. It was made into a movie in 2015.

Strayed will speak at the Numerica Performing Arts Center on April 13. FREE tickets to the event will be available starting March 1.

Cheryl Strayed’s book cover of Wild. (Courtesy of NCRL)

This is the third year for NCRL’s Columbia River Reads program, where the five-county library district asks readers to tackle the same book, talk with people about it, and possibly attend a book discussion at their local library.

The library district chose Strayed this year because she is a Northwest author and because her book is both a memoir, which are very popular among NCRL readers, and a hiking account that may also appeal to the many outdoor enthusiasts in this region of Washington State.

Copies of her book are available at all 30 NCRL branch libraries in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties or by mail order. You can also reserve a copy at ncrl.org.

Author Cheryl Strayed. (Courtesy of NCRL)

Last year, people read Timothy Egan’s The Big Burn as part of a focus on local history and wildfire and the author came to speak in April. In 2015, Daniel James Brown gave a talk in Wenatchee on his book The Boys in the Boat

NCRL’s branch libraries will also host programs this spring about the Pacific Crest Trail, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. A complete list of programs will be announced in the near future. 

(Submitted by Michelle McNiel, NCRL)

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