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Cheryl Strayed and Friends at The Bagdad

July 11, 2012

There were 550 people at last night’s book event. Yeah, that’s a lot. But, it was Cheryl Strayed and her posse, so I was surprised it wasn’t 10,000. It was the unofficial book launch for  Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. Stephen Elliot said in his Daily Rumpus today that the “real” launch is July 27th in San Francisco, but this felt pretty real to me. There was laughter, lots of swearing, bunches of silliness, and tears. Cheryl was her usual sweet, beautiful, beatific self; Steve Almond was stridently and outrageously funny; Stephen Elliott was just plain brilliant (I was very excited to be able to tell him how much I love his writing. He was standing in the hall looking a little lost as we tumbled out into the street, so I gushed all over him. Well, actually my friend Valerie gushed, and I vehemently agreed.); and musician Laura Gibson was achingly moving singing her lovely ballads wearing shit kicker cowboy boots and a little blue dress. B. Frayn Masters and Kevin Sampsell were their usual cute and adorable selves. And finally, Courtenay Hameister was an awesome ringmaster. I might put up some audio at a later date, but in the meantime, here are some pics. Tap or click on the pics to make them big…

Cheryl Strayed

Steve Almond

Stephen Elliott

Laura Gibson

Kevin Sampsell and B. Frayn Masters

Courtenay Hameister

Cheryl, Stephen, and Courtenay


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  1. Great review, Diane! I wasn’t able to make this show and was wondering how it went. Now I know! Thanks!

  2. It is good to read a happy reminder that books and the people who write them are treated with such attention, genuine interest and appreciation.

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