Susannah Cahalan’s latest book tour!

The author of the best-selling BRAIN ON FIRE is back with a riveting investigation into the life and works of David Rosenhan, the late Stanford psychologist known for his influential views that challenge the validity of psychiatric diagnoses. Her tour schedule of The Great Pretender is below. If you live in or near a city where she will be speaking, I urge you to attend.

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.

Susannah Cahalan – Author of The Great Pretender

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

Barnes & Noble —  Upper East Side in conversation with the marvelous  Melissa Dahl, science editor and author of  Cringeworthy, a book I LOVE.

NOVEMBER 6 – BROOKLYN

Books are Magic with the loves of my life, fellow  Sob Sisters  Ada Calhoun and  Karen Abbott, brilliant authors of many amazing books, which you all should read.

NOVEMBER 7 – BALTIMORE (area)

Carroll Lutheran Village—  sponsored by A Likely Story Bookstore

NOVEMBER 8 – BOSTON

Brookline Booksmith –  sign up here

NOVEMBER 12- ST. LOUIS

ZACK — sponsored by  Left Bank Books

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

Upstairs at Murray’s Literary Series –  Oblong Books.

NOVEMBER 18 – SEATTLE

Town Hall Seattle Science Series – sign up on Facebook here.

NOVEMBER 19 – PORTLAND

Powell’s City of Books –  sign up on Facebook here.

NOVEMBER 20 – MENLO PARK, CA

Kepler’s Books —  sign up here in conversation with  Dr. Shaili Jain, psychiatrist and author of the beautiful book about trauma and PTSD  The Unspeakable Mind.

NOVEMBER 21 – SAN FRANCISCO

Commonwealth Club –  more details in conversation with the inimitable Judge LaDoris Cordell, pioneer, advocate, musician, artist, writer, and friend.

NOVEMBER 23 – MIAMI

Miami Book Festival In conversation with bestselling author/therapist/dynamo  Lori Gottlieb, author of  Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.

DECEMBER 3

Mark Twain House 

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.