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Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir "Wild," the New York Times bestsellers "Tiny Beautiful Things" and "Brave Enough,"and the novel "Torch." Her books have been translated into forty languages around the world. "Wild" was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of "Wild" stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby.

Strayed’s essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, and elsewhere. Strayed was the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugars Radio, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Tara Westover

Tara Westover is an American historian and writer known for her unique and courageous education journey. She was born to Mormon survivalist parents opposed to public education. Tara never attended school. She spent her days working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother. Until Tara decided to get education and experience the world outside of her community.

Tara taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom and continued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014.

Her new book, "Educated," is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a story that gets to the heart of what education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it. Tara argues that education is not just about job training, but a powerful tool of self-invention.

Educated was long-listed for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and had spent 32 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Former U.S. President Barack Obama named Educated as one of the books on his summer reading list of 2018.

Event and Ticket Information

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Schedule: 3:30pm - 6:30pm - The Experience (More than an Expo - Mix, Mingle and Nosh!)
7pm Women in Conversation Speakers Sold Out
9pm Book Sales and Signing
Where: Green Music Center at Sonoma State 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Questions: Email Ginger Hopkins or 707-546-3600

Box Office Business Hours (Green Music Center)
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
phone: 707.664.4246
email: tickets@sonoma.edu

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