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Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed takes the ALOUD stage to discuss the transformation of her popular book, Tiny Beautiful Things, to the television screen with show creator and executive producer Liz Tigelaar. Tiny Beautiful Things tells the story of Dear Sugar, a respected advice columnist whose own life is falling apart. Told in multiple timelines with intimacy and candor. Strayed is able to mine the beauty, struggle, and humor in her life to show us that we are not beyond rescue, and that our stories are ultimately our salvation. The eight-part series starring Kathryn Hahn debuts on Hulu on April 7.   

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the number-one New York Times bestseller Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, which has sold more than four million copies worldwide and was made into an Oscar-nominated major motion picture. Tiny Beautiful Things was adapted as a play that has been staged in theaters across the country and as a Hulu television series airing in 2023. Cheryl is also the author of Brave Enough, which brings together more than one hundred of her inspiring quotes, and the debut novel Torch. She has hosted two hit podcasts, Sugar Calling and Dear Sugars. She lives in Portland, Oregon. 


Liz Tigelaar

Liz Tigelaar is creator, showrunner and executive producer of the new Hulu series “Tiny Beautiful Things,” which is based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, and stars Kathryn Hahn. This project reunites her with Hello Sunshine, following their Emmy-nominated collaboration on “Little Fires Everywhere.” 

In addition, Tigelaar is executive producer of the upcoming Hulu series “Under the Bridge,” based on the book of the same name, which is in production in Vancouver.  

Tigelaar was most recently creator, showrunner and executive producer of the Hulu limited series “Little Fires Everywhere,” starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, which was based on the bestselling novel by Celeste Ng. The series received five Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series, as well as five NAACP Image Award nominations, a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Limited Series, and a WGA Award nomination for Adapted Long Form Series. 

On the feature side, Tigelaar is writing the adaption of the bestselling Taylor Jenkins Reid novel, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,” for Netflix. 


Phot credits: Cheryl Strayed © Holly Andres; Liz Tigelaar © Middlesworth


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