Author Gail Straub will read from her new book, THE ASHOKAN WAY (Homebound, March 2018), which chronicles a year's worth of walks near the Ashokan Reservoir, at the Catskill Interpretive Center on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 pm. For the past 35 years, Straub has walked the Catskill Mountain Watershed almost daily, and grown to rely on the wild as a portal to self-understanding and spiritual restoration. The book is at once a lyrical form of devotion, a vital addition to the male-dominated catalog of nature writing, and a powerful call to recognize wilderness and unadulterated open space as key to our humanity, especially in divisive and tech-addled times like today.
Gail Straub is the Executive Director of the Empowerment Institute, which she cofounded in 1981. As one of the world’s leading authorities on women’s empowerment, she codirects the Empowerment Institute’s School for Transformative Social Change empowering change agents from around the world to design and implement cutting-edge social innovations. As part of this focus, she cofounded IMAGINE: A Global Initiative for the Empowerment of Women to help women heal from violence, build strong lives, and contribute to their community. IMAGINE initiatives are currently under way throughout Africa, Afghanistan, India, and the Middle East. Gail has consulted to many organizations furthering women’s empowerment including the Chinese Women’s Federation, Women for Women International, World Pulse, and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center.
Gail is the author of five books including, with her husband David Gershon, the best-selling Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It which has been translated into over fourteen languages, the critically acclaimed The Rhythm of Compassion, and the award-winning feminist memoir Returning to My Mother’s House. She lives in the Hudson River Valley in New York.