Writer Cheryl Strayed reflects on the joy and pain she experienced during her incredible thousand-mile hike along the Pacific Coast Trail, which inspired her to write her popular memoir Wild. Strayed also shares behind-the-scenes stories of working with Reese Witherspoon, who plays Strayed in the big-screen adaptation of Wild.
Don George is a travel writer and editor. He has been travel editor at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, founded and edited the Wanderlust section of Salon.com, and most recently was Global Travel Editor at Lonely Planet Publications.
He is the author of The Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of six literary travel anthologies, including The Kindness of Strangers, Tales from Nowhere, and By the Seat of My Pants.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company. Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on The Rumpus since March 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post Magazine. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota.
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