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Festival of Arts, Books and Culture of the Katz JCC (2013), Monday, November 10 at 12pm
Festival of Arts, Books and Culture of the Katz JCC (2013), Monday, November 10 at unknown time
Festival of Arts, Books and Culture of the Katz JCC (2013), Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 12pm
AUTHOR EVENT: Susannah Cahalan - " Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness"
Oblong Books & Music - Rhinebeck, Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 7pm
This event will be held at Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY.
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In 2009, New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan, a healthy 24-year-old, began to experience numbness, paranoia, sensitivity to light and erratic behavior. She began to experience seizures, hallucinations, increasingly psychotic behavior and even catatonia.Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors. After a month-long hospital stay and $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans that proved inconclusive, Cahalan was seen by Dr. Souhel Najjar, who asked her to draw a clock on a piece of paper. "I drew a circle, and I drew the numbers 1 to 12 all on the right-hand side of the clock, so the left-hand side was blank, completely blank," she tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, "which showed him that I was experiencing left-side spatial neglect and, likely, the right side of my brain responsible for the left field of vision was inflamed."
As Najjar put it to her parents, "her brain was on fire." This discovery led to her eventual diagnosis and treatment for anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain. Cahalan says that doctors think the illness may account for cases of "demonic possession" throughout history.
--NPR Books Bookforum called Brain on fire: My Month of Madness: "An intense, mesmerizing account of survival. . . Cahalan's deft descriptions of her spooky hallucinations could be right out of a Poe terror tale."
Location: Street: 6422 Montgomery St., Suite 6 City: Rhinebeck, Province: New York Postal Code: 12572-0482 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
"Brain on Fire" by Susannah Cahalan
The Book Cellar, Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 7pm
Join us as Susannah Cahalan reads from and signs her new book "Brain on fire: My Month of Madness."
Susannah Cahalan was a healthy twenty-four-year-old when she suddenly started showing signs of mania. Seizures, memory loss and paranoia followed, quickly progressing to psychosis and near-death catatonia. A million dollars’ worth of medical tests revealed nothing—until she was rescued by the lucky, ingenious intervention of an extraordinary doctor, Souhel Najjar. Dr. Najjar diagnosed her with the newly discovered autoimmune disorder, anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis, in which her body was waging a full scale attack on her brain. In Brain on fire, Susannah chronicles her breathtaking descent into madness, the terrifying loss of identity it entailed, and the moving account of her family and boyfriend’s refusal to give up hope
Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Susannah Cahalan - Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
BookPeople, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7pm
Tuesday, August 13 at 7PM
New York Times Best Selling Author Susannah Cahalan Speaking and Signing Brain on fire: My Month of Madness ABOUT Brain on fire: MY MONTH OF MADNESS An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.
When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?
In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. “A fascinating look at the disease that . . . could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.
Susannah Cahalan is a news reporter at the New York Post whose award-winning work has also been featured in The New York Times. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey with her boyfriend and dog Gus, the Spinone
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Location: Street: 603 N Lamar Blvd City: Austin, Province: Texas Postal Code: 78703-5413 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Susannah Cahalan describes her rare neurological illness and her book Brain on Fire, co-sponsored by UNM's Center for Life
Bookworks, Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 3pm
Susannah Cahalan, Brain on fire, Domenici Center Auditorium, UNM Medical School, 1001 Stanford NE.
In cooperation with the UNM Center for Life, Bookworks presents Susannah Cahalan, author of the acclaimed memoir, Brain on fire: My Month of Madness. Cahalan’s memoir Brain on fire chronicles the swift path of the illness that quickly consumed her and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. While Susannah vascillated from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit Cahalan to the psychiatric ward, until Dr. Souhel Najjar—nicknamed Dr. House—joined the team. He asked her to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of “demonic possessions” throughout history:
Location: Street: UNM Medical School Additional: Domenici Center Auditorium, 1001 Stanford NE City: Albuquerque, Province: New Mexico Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Susannah Cahalan, Brain on Fire
Porter Square Books, Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7pm
One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. A wristband marked her as a “flight risk,” and her medical records—chronicling a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory at all—showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability. Only weeks earlier, Susannah had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: a healthy, ambitious college grad a few months into her first serious relationship and a promising career as a cub reporter at a major New York newspaper. Who was the stranger who had taken over her body? What was happening to her mind?
Far more than simply a riveting read and a crackling medical mystery, Brain on fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind. Using all her considerable journalistic skills, and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept during her illness, Susannah pieces together the story of her “lost month” to write an unforgettable memoir about memory and identity, faith and love. It is an important, profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.
Susannah Cahalan is a news reporter at the New York Post whose award-winning work has also been featured in The New York Times. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Location: Street: Porter Square Shopping Center Additional: 25 White Street City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02140 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Susannah Cahalan - Brain on Fire
Left Bank Books, Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 7pm
Venue: Left Bank Books - Central West End
One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, and unable to move or speak. In this swift and heartbreaking narrative, Susannah tells the true story of her inexplicable descent into madness and the brilliant, lifesaving diagnosis--a newly discovered autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the brain--that nearly didn't happen. Cahalan is an award-winning news reporter at the New York Post.
Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Central West End Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Brain on Fire
Foyles, Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 7pm
6th February 2013 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Free Event
Brain on Fire is the story of how Susannah Cahalan, a happy and healthy twenty-four-year old, woke up in hospital one day with no memory of how she got there. In this exclusive conversation at Foyles with Simon Hattenstone from The Guardian, Susannah will discuss her terrifying descent into madness, her desperate hunt for explanation or cure, and her eventual diagnosis with a little-known and extremely rare autoimmune disease, anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis, a discovery which saved her life and those of many others.
Chaired by Mathew Bose, Ambassador for the Encephalitis Society
Venue: the Cafe at Foyles, First Floor
Tickets: Free but need to be reserved by adding the required number to the basket below or emailing email@example.com. Please note, no physical tickets will be issued, the email confirmation you will receive is proof of your reservation.
7pm - 8:30pm (MDGentleReader)
January New & Notable Book Club: BRAIN ON FIRE
Avid Bookshop, Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 6:15pm
Our New & Notable Book Club is reading < Brain on fire: My Month of Madness > by Calahan in January and meeting on the third Sunday of the month: Sun., 1/27/13, 6:15pm.
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Location: Street: 493 Prince Ave. Additional: City: Athens, Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30601 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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