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Author Luncheon with Kate Fagan, What Made Maddy Run, Fri., Aug. 18, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Aug. 18, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Kate Fagan discusses her new book What Made Maddy Run (Little, Brown, 320 pp., $27). Kate will be in conversation with well-known health writer and yoga teacher Kathryn Budig. Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $58 including a signed copy of the book.

Tickets on sale here.

From noted on-air commentator and sports journalist Kate Fagan comes the heartbreaking and vital story of college athlete Maddy Holleran, whose suicide rocked the University of Pennsylvania campus and whose life reveals the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness today.

What Made Maddy Run began as a piece that Kate wrote for espnW. What started as a profile of a successful young athlete whose life ended in suicide became so much larger as Kate heard from other college athletes also grappling with mental illness. This is the story of Maddy Holleran and her struggle with depression, which also reveals the mounting pressure young people, and college athletes in particular, face to be perfect, especially in an age of relentless connectivity and social media saturation.

Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for espnW, and ESPN The Magazine. She is a regular panelist on Around the Horn and can also be seen on Outside the LinesFirst Take and His & Hers. She is the author of a memoir, The Reappearing Act, and co-host of the espnW podcast, Free Cookies.  A former varsity basketball player at the University of Colorado, she gave the 2017 commencement address at her alma mater. Kate lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend Kathryn Budig, and their two dogs.


Kathryn Budig is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and author known for her accessibility, humor, and ability to empower her students through her message, “aim true.” She is a warrior for self-acceptance, honesty, and helping her students and readers find true balance. The Kansas native graduated from the University of Virginia with a double degree in English and Drama before moving to Los Angeles, where she trained under the tutelage of Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller. She now lives in Brooklyn, with Kate.


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