On Sunday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m., Hedgebrook and Elliott Bay Book Company will present Gloria Steinem in conversation with Cheryl Strayed at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall to celebrate the release of Steinem’s new book My Life On the Road (Random House; On Sale: October 27, 2015). The book was penned by Steinem largely at Hedgebrook’s Whidbey Island retreat.
“We’re thrilled to bring Gloria to Seattle to share this beautiful, personal book that she’s been quietly writing at Hedgebrook’s retreat on Whidbey Island. Over the past two decades, she’s returned numerous times to work on My Life On the Road here – so her connection to this area runs deep,” said Amy Wheeler, Hedgebrook Executive Director.
In her first book in over 20 years, Gloria Steinem – writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world – offers a candid account of how her early years led her to an on the road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change.
Adventure and travel have been overwhelmingly male turf – from de Tocqueville to Joseph Campbell to The Sons of Anarchy. In My Life on the Road, Steinem writes about some of the extraordinary people, famous and not, from whom she has learned along the way. In this funny, moving, profound account of a lifelong journey, Steinem also reflects on how the most transformative ideas sometimes come from unexpected people and encounters. Living in an on the road state of mind can promote change in the future, and can help us better understand others, our times, and ourselves.
“What seems to be one thing from a distance is very different up close…The road leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories – in short, out of our heads and into our hearts,” Steinem said.
Steinem will be joined in conversation by Strayed, also celebrating the new release of her book of notable quotes, Brave Enough. Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir and film Wild, is the ideal person to engage Steinem in a conversation about life on the road.
To learn more about this event and purchase tickets, please visit: hedgebrook.org/gloria-steinem-at-benaroya-hall.