I’m taking the liberty of reprinting the book-tour schedule sent to me and others this morning by my friend Susannah Cahalan. You may recall Susannah’s stunning 2012 memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, in which she chronicled her own descent into what appeared to be severe mental illness until she was rescued by a brilliant doctor who recognized it as a rare autoimmune disease of the brain. The 2016 film adaptation starred Chloe Grace Moretz as Cahalan.
Susannah’s new book, The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission that Changed Our Understanding of Madness, builds upon the skills and awareness that she developed compiling her first book; yet its range of inquiry and analysis is of a different magnitude.
In the 1970s, David Rosenhan sent seven volunteers into various psychiatric asylums around the country to test the validity of the doctors’ diagnoses and conclusions. The results shattered existing opinions of psychiatry and led to the closing of several hospitals. In this masterpiece of dogged, almost incomprehensibly persistent intellectual detective-work and sustained reasoning, Cahalan has exposed the flaws, the deceptions and the distorted understandings that found their way into society on the ballast of Rosenthal’s influence. The book is destined to become a standard of its genre and a daunting model for immersive journalism.
Here is Susan Cahalan’s tour schedule:
NOVEMBER 5 – MANHATTAN
NOVEMBER 6 – BROOKLYN
NOVEMBER 7 – BALTIMORE (area)
NOVEMBER 8 – BOSTON
NOVEMBER 12- ST. LOUIS
in conversation with the legendary St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan.
NOVEMBER 13 – MINNEAPOLIS
Magers & Quinn — sign up here The Great Pretender‘s own “footnote” will be making a special appearance….(earlier in the day I will be doing a talk at the University of Minneapolis, email me for details).
NOVEMBER 15: TIVOLI, NY
NOVEMBER 18 – SEATTLE
NOVEMBER 19 – PORTLAND
NOVEMBER 20 – MENLO PARK, CA
NOVEMBER 21 – SAN FRANCISCO
NOVEMBER 23 – MIAMI
Moderated by psychiatrist Dr. Harold Schwartz
JANUARY 27 – MANHATTAN
New York Public Library — details to come!
In conversation with journalist/author Luke Dittrich, author of one of my favorite non-fiction titles ever Patient HM.