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Journalist & Author; Best Known for her Best-Selling Memoir "Brain on Fire"

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Susannah Cahalan is the New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. Her award-winning work has appeared in the New York Times, Psychology Today, and Scientific American magazine. She currently works as a news reporter at the New York Post.

Cahalan always knew she wanted to write, even when she was in elementary school, writing a “book” about familial dysfunction inspired by the afternoons she spent with her babysitter watching The Bold and the Beautiful. And for as long back as she can remember, she has had a deep love for newspapers. So when there was an internship opening at the New York Post when Cahalan was entering her senior year in high school, she jumped at the opportunity.

Cahalan has now been at The Post for ten years, three of which she worked full-time after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis. Cahalan started as a “copy kid”—responsible for making coffee, handing out papers and sorting mail, dreaming that she would one day have a mailbox of her own. Now, she finally does. She has covered a wide variety of topics for the tabloid, from the quirky and the weird, to the dangerous and the criminal. These days she mainly covers books for the paper’s Postscript section. Her work has also been featured in The New York Times and The Czech Business Weekly, where Cahalan worked when she studied abroad her junior year of college.

In 2009, Cahalan was the proud recipient of the Silurian Award of Excellence for the article “My Mysterious Lost Month of Madness,” on which Brain on Fire is based.

In Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Cahalan recounts the one day that she woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records—from a month-long hospital stay of which she has no memory—showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier Cahalan had been a healthy twenty-four year old, six months into her first serious relationship and beginning a career as a cub reporter at the New York Post.

Cahalan’s memoir Brain on Fire chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. As weeks ticked by Cahalan moved inexplicably from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit her to the psychiatric ward, in effect condemning her to a lifetime of institutions, or death, until Dr. Souhel Najjar—nicknamed Dr. House — joined Cahalan’s team. He asked Cahalan to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which her body was attacking her brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of “demonic possessions” throughout history.

Cahalan lives in Jersey City with her boyfriend and dog, Gus the Spinone.

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

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  • Susannah Cahalan | New York Post

    They called him a dead man. Last month New York-Presbyterian Hospital issued a death certificate for 68-year-old Yechezkel Nakar after he suffered a stroke ...

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Journalist & Author; Best Known for her Best-Selling Memoir "Brain on Fire"

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Susannah Cahalan Biography

Susannah Cahalan is the New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. Her award-winning work has appeared in the New York Times, Psychology Today, and Scientific American magazine. She currently works as a news reporter at the New York Post.

Cahalan always knew she wanted to write, even when she was in elementary school, writing a “book” about familial dysfunction inspired by the afternoons she spent with her babysitter watching The Bold and the Beautiful. And for as long back as she can remember, she has had a deep love for newspapers. So when there was an internship opening at the New York Post when Cahalan was entering her senior year in high school, she jumped at the opportunity.

Cahalan has now been at The Post for ten years, three of which she worked full-time after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis. Cahalan started as a “copy kid”—responsible for making coffee, handing out papers and sorting mail, dreaming that she would one day have a mailbox of her own. Now, she finally does. She has covered a wide variety of topics for the tabloid, from the quirky and the weird, to the dangerous and the criminal. These days she mainly covers books for the paper’s Postscript section. Her work has also been featured in The New York Times and The Czech Business Weekly, where Cahalan worked when she studied abroad her junior year of college.

In 2009, Cahalan was the proud recipient of the Silurian Award of Excellence for the article “My Mysterious Lost Month of Madness,” on which Brain on Fire is based.

In Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Cahalan recounts the one day that she woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records—from a month-long hospital stay of which she has no memory—showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier Cahalan had been a healthy twenty-four year old, six months into her first serious relationship and beginning a career as a cub reporter at the New York Post.

Cahalan’s memoir Brain on Fire chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. As weeks ticked by Cahalan moved inexplicably from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit her to the psychiatric ward, in effect condemning her to a lifetime of institutions, or death, until Dr. Souhel Najjar—nicknamed Dr. House — joined Cahalan’s team. He asked Cahalan to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which her body was attacking her brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of “demonic possessions” throughout history.

Cahalan lives in Jersey City with her boyfriend and dog, Gus the Spinone.

Susannah Cahalan Videos

  • Susannah Cahalan's Month of Madness - YouTube
  • Susannah Cahalan Interview Brain On Fire Premiere - YouTube

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  • How much does it cost to book Susannah Cahalan?

    Booking fees for Susannah Cahalan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Susannah Cahalan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Susannah Cahalan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Susannah Cahalan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Susannah Cahalan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Susannah Cahalan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Susannah Cahalan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Susannah Cahalan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Susannah Cahalan for your event is available upon request. Susannah Cahalan generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Lisa Genova, Glennon Doyle Melton, Tim Federle, Marti MacGibbon and Byron Katie. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Susannah Cahalan for an upcoming event.

Susannah Cahalan Speaker Videos

  • Susannah Cahalan's Month of Madness - YouTube
    Susannah Cahalan Interview Brain On Fire Premiere - YouTube

Susannah Cahalan News

  • Susannah Cahalan | New York Post

    They called him a dead man. Last month New York-Presbyterian Hospital issued a death certificate for 68-year-old Yechezkel Nakar after he suffered a stroke ...

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