New York Times Best Selling Author Kurt Eichenwald Talks Life With Epilepsy

He's signing books at Nicola's bookstore in Ann Arbor

Dr. Deanna Lites
November 29, 2018 - 5:05 pm

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(WWJ) New York Times best selling author and award winning journalist Kurt Eichenwald writes for Newsweek, The New York Times and Vanity Fair.

But the story he's never told was that he had epilepsy.

He's lived most of his life having multiple seizures a week.

Now in his memoir "A Mind Unraveled," Eichenwald shares his journey. He's hoping to educate those about the disease and to inspire anyone struggling to overcome a challenge.

"When I was first diagnosed my doctor told me essentially 'your life is over.' He told me I couldn't have a stressful job," Eichenwald recounted.

They were wrong. Eichenwald has written four previous nonfiction books, including one, "The Informant," that was made into a movie starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh. His bio says that "in addition to his distinguished work as a senior writer at Newsweek and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Eichenwald spent two decades as a senior writer at The New York Times, where he was a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also a two-time winner of the George Polk Award, as well as the winner of the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism and an Emmy Award nominee." 

How did he overcome that diagnosis to lead a successful, powerful life? Hear it from the author himself. 

Tomorrow evening Eichenwald will be speaking and signing books at Nicola's bookstore in Ann Arbor. Get details HERE.

Journalist Katie Couric calls his book a "powerful account provides an important blueprint for anyone struggling to overcome serious challenges.”