‘Wild’ author to speak at lunch

Supporters of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre should book a seat for the “Power of the Purse” lunch, hosted by Scotiabank, being held this Thursday at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed

This exclusive event features keynote speaker Cheryl Strayed, author of the New York Times Best–Selling Memoir, “Wild.” Last year


At the age of 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State – and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, “Wild” powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Strayed’s story inspired Oprah Winfrey to revive her tremendously popular book club, with “Wild” as its inaugural selection for the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

Her story also inspired producer and actress Reese Witherspoon to bring “Wild” to the big screen in 2014. The film received over 63 nominations and earned Witherspoon an Oscar and Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actress.


Wild Cheryl Strayed (Read-Only)“Spectacular … A literary and human triumph.” — The New York Times Book Review

“One of the best books I’ve read in the last five or ten years … Wild is angry, brave, sad, self-knowing, redemptive, raw, compelling, and brilliantly written, and I think it’s destined to be loved by a lot of people, men and women, for a very long time.” — Nick Hornby

“This isn’t Cinderella in hiking boots, it’s a woman coming out of heartbreak, darkness and bad decisions with a clear view of where she has been … There are adventures and characters aplenty, from heartwarming to dangerous, but Strayed resists the temptation to overplay or sweeten such moments. Her pacing is impeccable as she captures her impressive journey.” — The Seattle Times

Power of the Purse

There will be a silent auction at the event featuring new and gently used designer handbags, and each ticket includes wine, canapés, lunch and a special dessert buffet. Over 450 attendees are expected, and all will hear the empowering and emotional journey that lead Strayed to find inner peace, stability and continues to inspire women around the world.

Tickets are $150 per person or $1350 for a table of 10.

To become a sponsor or purchase tickets, contact Sarah Tatum at [email protected]
or call 945-8188.