On September 2, 2013, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim the 110-mile stretch of water between Havana, Cuba, and Key West, Florida, without the protection of a shark cage—and she did so at age 64. It marked her fifth attempt, and she accomplished the astounding feat in 53 hours.
The record-breaking long-distance swimmer, journalist, and sports commentator, now 66, chronicles her harrowing experience in her inspiring new memoir, "Find A Way: One Wild And Precious Life," and will discuss the captivating book at Orange County Register HQ (625 N. Grand Ave., Santa Ana) in December as part of the publication's Register Book Club series.
She will sit down with Coast Magazine Associate Editor Samantha Dunn on Tuesday, December 8, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Nyad briefly spoke with the Register in an intriguing Q&A, where our exciting partnership with the event is outlined.
We are incredibly honored to be named beneficiary of the not-to-miss event, and helping our kids and families only requires a love of tacos. Wahoo's Fish Taco will serve dinner prior to the discussion, and the cost is a $5 donation to Project Hope Alliance.
The event is free, and reservations are required. Seating is on a first-come basis.
As a taste of what will surely be a fascinating conversation, here is Nyad's response when asked, "What do you think your life is about?":
Part of my meaning is to care—to care about the people who lived before me, about the people who are going to come after me. I think the meaning of my life is to connect. Right now I am in a little window of time when I am inspiring a lot of people. And it makes me high, honestly. But it is not a one-way street. I meet people every single day who have a little edge of a story they need to tell, and they inspire me. We go places together, me and humankind.