Conversations with Authors - Christine Montross, M.D. (Virtual Event)

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 4:00pm


Sunday, August 16th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Christine Montross, M.D.

in conversation with Susannah Cahalan

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us every Saturday and Sunday at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT for a new chat with a different author.


Dr. Christine Montross’ important new work, Waiting for an Echo, reveals the psychological toll of incarceration and examines how we disproportionately punish people of color, people who are poor, and people who are mentally ill.

A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction, Christine is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a practicing inpatient psychiatrist and performs forensic psychiatric examinations. She completed medical school and residency training at Brown University, where she received the Isaac Ray Award in Psychiatry and the Martin B. Keller Outstanding Brown Psychiatry Resident Award.

Her first book, Body of Work, was named an Editors’ Choice by The New York Times and one of The Washington Post’s best nonfiction books of 2007. Her second book, Falling Into the Fire, was named a New Yorker Book to Watch Out For. She has also written for many national publications including The New York Times, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Washington Post Book World, Good Housekeeping, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has been named a 2017-2018 Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities, a 2010 MacColl Johnson Fellow in Poetry, and the winner of the 2009 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Emerging Indiana Authors Award. She has also had several poems published in literary journals, and her manuscript Embouchure was a finalist for the National Poetry Series.

Susannah Cahalan is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness, a memoir about her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease of the brain. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.



Waiting for an Echo: The Madness of American Incarceration Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594205972
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Published: Penguin Press - July 21st, 2020

*New York Times Books to Watch for in July*
*Time Best New Books July 2020*

Galvanized by her work in our nation's jails, psychiatrist Christine Montross illuminates the human cost of mass incarceration and mental illness

Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143113669
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2008

A "gleaming, humane" (The New York Times Book Review) memoir of the relationship between a cadaver named Eve and a first-year medical student

Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143125716
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Published: Penguin Books - July 29th, 2014

Falling Into the Fire is psychiatrist Christine Montross’s thoughtful investigation of the gripping patient encounters that have challenged and deepened her practice. The majority of the patients Montross treats in Falling Into the Fire are seen in the locked inpatient wards of a psychiatric hospital; all are in moments of profound crisis.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451621389
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller—and inspiration for the major motion picture starring Chloë Grace Moretz—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 roo