Join writer Kate Fagan discuss her 2017 #1 New York Times Sports and Fitness bestseller, What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen. The book is the selected community-wide book by Bexley City Schools for “Bexley Be Well: A Community Conversation about Wellness.” This book read and subsequent author visit is part of their ongoing effort to create broad-based awareness and dialogue around the increased level of anxiety and mental health needs among our young people.
What Made Maddy Run tells the heartbreaking story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose life and death by suicide reveal the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness today and the mounting pressures they face to be perfect, especially in an age of relentless connectivity and social media saturation. Highly lauded, the book was a Semi-Finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting.
Kate Fagan is the former columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She was also a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn and was also seen on Outside the Lines, First Take and His & Hers. Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is the author of a memoir, The Reappearing Act. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York with her wife, Kathryn Budig, and their two dogs.