Strayed: Off the Beaten Path

WildCheryl Strayed is one of the hottest writers in Oregon thanks to the success of her second book, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, published in 2012. The book is a memoir of her personal struggles and life-changing experience walking the trail in the aftermath of personal tragedy. She will be at Oregon State University on Thursday, Jan. 15 as part of the Discovery Lecture Series which brings prominent artists and scientists to speak for free.

Strayed, who lives in Portland with her husband, filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, has written for such outlets as The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, and Vogue, and has authored three books. Wild is her most well-known work, and was recently adapted into a feature film starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Jean Marc Vale, who won acclaim last year for his film Dallas Buyer’s Club. More than just a personal memoir, Wild is an adventure and story about embracing the outdoors to find something in yourself. The Pacific Crest Trail is arguably the star of the book, and the treatment it gets has made Strayed a star in the Pacific Northwest. 

The Discovery Lecture Series was designed by OSU to bring notable writers, scientists, and policymakers to campus “to present on matters of national and international importance,” according to their website. The talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing with Strayed.

Cheryl Strayed will speak at OSU as part of the Discovery Lecture Series on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the La Sells Stewart Center. Admission is free. The film adaptation of her memoir, Wild, is still showing at the Carmike 12 cinema on Circle Boulevard.