Author Cheryl Strayed to attend State of the Union address

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Cheryl Strayed, author of the popular novel Wild, will be Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s guest at the State of the Union address Tuesday.

The invitation to Strayed comes in the wake of two Oscar nominations for actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, who starred in the movie Wild that hit theaters earlier this year.

Wild was shot in more Oregon locations than any other feature film in history, and it chronicles Strayed’s 1,000-mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail as she deals with her mother’s death and a ruined marriage.

Strayed, who lives in the Portland area, is a longtime activist on women’s issues and the arts.

Blumenauer, meanwhile, is a sponsor of legislation that provides tax credits to landowners who provide permanent easements for access along America’s national trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail on which Strayed hiked.

President Barack Obama will give his State of the Union Address on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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