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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Get Your Hankies Ready: Author and Advice Columnist Cheryl Strayed Is Back

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 7:30 AM

BRIAN LINDSTROM
  • Brian Lindstrom

By Byard Duncan

For the past two and a half years, author Cheryl Strayed has been the voice behind "Dear Sugar," a lyrical, heart-wrenching, and once anonymous advice column that appears on the San Francisco-based literary website The Rumpus.

Read our interview with Cheryl Strayed

For those who have never read (and wept over, and vowed to change their lives because of) Sugar's words, here's an analogy for you: Strayed offers guidance the same way a gourmet chef might prepare a PB and J. That is to say, she does it with transcendent grace precisely because she really had no business doing it in the first place. At a Rumpus-sponsored event last Valentine's Day, Strayed revealed to a packed room at the Verdi Club that she was the writer behind "Dear Sugar." On Friday, July 27, she returns to celebrate the release of Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of Sugar's best columns, plus a few that never made it online. Bring a hankie.

The Rumpus Release Party for Dear Sugar's Tiny Beautiful Things starts at 6:30 p.m. on July 27 at the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa (at Potrero), S.F. Admission is $15, and comes with a free copy of the book.

Here's a clip of Cheryl/Sugar at her coming out party in February, and the riotous applause it inspired.

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