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‘Wild’ author Strayed to speak in Spokane

Cheryl Strayed is the author of “Wild,” a film starring Reese Witherspoon, about her three-month solo trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. (Jonathan Short photo)
Cheryl Strayed is the author of “Wild,” a film starring Reese Witherspoon, about her three-month solo trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. (Jonathan Short photo)

Cheryl Strayed never expected to walk to fame. When she set off on a solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995, she never thought her story would turn into the best-selling memoir “Wild.” “I certainly never imagined when I finished my hike at the Bridge of the Gods on the Columbia River that Reese Witherspoon would someday be standing in that very spot pretending to be me,” Strayed said in a recent telephone interview from her home in Portland. “Really, the most surreal experience of my life is that movie.” The journals she kept during her hike served as the basis for “Wild,” the 2012 memoir that became a New York Times best-seller, the first book in Oprah Winfrey’s relaunched book club and the Oscar-nominated feature film/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here.

Question: If you wrote a memoir about your life, what event would you focus on?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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