Carine McCandless is an entrepreneur, activist and mother. She has been successfully self-employed since she started her first company at the age of nineteen. As a public speaker her presentations are featured in education and corporate venues across the United States. Carine’s upcoming memoir, The Wild Truth, published by Harper Collins / Harper One will be released on October 21,
Carine is the sister of literary icon Chris McCandless, a.k.a. Alexander Supertramp, whose life story captured the hearts of millions of people around the world. She played a vital role in the success of Into the Wild, the internationally bestselling book written by Jon Krakauer. Krakauer endorses Carine as “a gifted communicator, she is engaging, inspiring, and bracingly outspoken.” Into the Wild sold millions of copies in the U.S. alone, spent a remarkable 119 straight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, is printed in thirty-one languages and is
required reading at universities all over the globe including the U.S., U.K., Italy, Germany, Canada and France.
Carine also worked closely with Academy Award-winning actor and writer/director Sean Penn on his critically acclaimed film adaptation of Into the Wild. An accomplished writer, Carine received screen credit for her script contributions and narrative throughout the film, working alongside Penn, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds, and actress Jena Malone who portrays Carine. During the making of the film, Carine worked as a direct consultant to Penn and provided valuable insight to many of the actors including protagonist Emile Hirsch and Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden.
Carine has been interviewed for such widely read publications as Outside Magazine, The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times. She has appeared on national television broadcasts such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Sunday Morning and ABC News 20/20.
As a member of the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau, Carine McCandless has a unique skill set that lends itself well to a wide variety of lecture topics and presentations.
She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her two daughters.