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Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series

Join us Friday, August 18 at noon for Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series Luncheon at High Cotton with noted ESPN commentator and journalist Kate Fagan, whose recently released book, What Made Maddy Run tells a fascinating story.

It’s the heartbreaking and vital story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose death by suicide rocked the University of Pennsylvania campus and whose life reveals with haunting detail and uncommon understanding the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness today.

In addition to three creative courses by High Cotton, the bar will also feature specialty cocktails and wines. Tickets for this important event are $31 for the luncheon or $58 for lunch with Kate and a signed, hardcover copy of her book.

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If you scrolled through the Instagram feed of 19-year-old Maddy Holleran, you would see a perfect life: a freshman at an Ivy League school, recruited for the track team, who was also beautiful, popular, and fiercely intelligent. This was a girl who succeeded at everything she tried, and who was only getting started.

But when Maddy began her long-awaited college career, her parents noticed something changed. Previously indefatigable Maddy became withdrawn, and her thoughts centered on how she could change her life. In spite of thousands of hours of practice and study, she contemplated transferring from the school that had once been her dream. When Maddy’s dad, Jim, dropped her off for the first day of spring semester, she held him a second longer than usual. That would be the last time Jim would see his daughter.

What Made Maddy Run began as a piece that Kate Fagan, a columnist for espnW, wrote about Maddy’s life. What started as a profile of a successful young athlete whose life ended in suicide became so much larger when Fagan started to hear from other college athletes also struggling with mental illness.

This is the story of Maddy Holleran’s life, and her struggle with depression, which also reveals the mounting pressures 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 also a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn and can be 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, and co-host of the espnW podcast, Free Cookies. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her girlfriend Kathryn Budig, and their two dogs.


Kate’s girlfriend, yoga teacher and inspirational speaker Kathryn Budig is known for her ability to encourage others to set their intentions and goals, no matter how lofty, and work towards them while staying true to oneself. Kathryn’s book, Aim True, takes her empowering message beyond the mat with a 5-day purification process, an introduction to meditation and over 85 homeopathic self-care and beauty recipes. You’ll be able to meet Kathryn Budig, purchase her book and sample a recipe prepared by High Cotton.

High Cotton is located at 199 East Bay Street, where the luncheon and discussion will take place. Parking is available at the Cumberland Street Garage, other municipal lots or at meters on the street.

Registration begins at 11:30 AM and includes a lovely three-course luncheon served promptly at noon. Limited seating provides an intimate experience with the author.

August 18, 2017, 12:00pm

Location: 199 East Bay Street