Author Presentation: Taya Kyle
Join best-selling author, political commentator and veterans family activist Taya Kyle as she talks about her latest book, American Spirit. This Native Oregonian profiles more than 30 individuals, young and old, rich and not-so-rich, famous and unknown, who have overcome hardship and done extraordinary things for their communities and for our nation. The man with the hole in his heart who runs ultramarathons. The young cancer victim whose lemonade stand inspired a revolutionary new model for fighting cancer. The blind cyclist. The pastor who became an undercover investigator. In the end, these stories teach us how to find purpose and heal the world, no matter the difficulty. “Every action, big or small,” Taya writes, “has the potential to spark someone else’s movement.” After losing her husband, "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle endured a period of inconsolable grief. And yet this darkness has served as a catalyst for profound growth. Taya found her own reserve of strength with the help of the generous love and support of family and friends—and also many strangers across America - who selflessly shared their own stories of suffering, survival, and triumph. Inspired by her experience, Taya found her calling: spreading a message of how love, passion, and service can combine to help us persevere over personal pain to heal our communities. Taya is the daughter of Mayor Kent Studebaker and his wife Kim, and will be visiting Lake Oswego to give the keynote address at the Memorial Day ribbon-cutting of the new Lake Oswego Veterans and First Responders Memorial in Foothills Park on May 27. Join us to hear Taya tell her own story, as well as those of other Americans who have built extraordinary lives after traveling down life’s most difficult roads—through loss, illness and all kinds of setback. The people she profiles embody the “American spirit” of resilience, faith, togetherness that built our nation. Books will be available for purchase.