Fort Greene store:
Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 PM
Mary Pilon presents The Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle with Mental Illness
In conversation with Maria Konnikova
Award-winning journalist Mary Pilon, author of the New York Times bestseller The Monopolists, presents the incredible story of an Olympic athlete and the psychiatric syndrome that makes him believe he stars in a television show of his life. The Kevin Show stars Kevin Hall: brother, son, husband, father, and Olympic and America’s Cup sailor. Kevin suffers from what doctors are beginning to call the "Truman Show" delusion, a form of psychosis named for the 1998 movie, where the main character is trapped as the star of a reality TV show. Throughout Hall’s adult life, he has been engaged in an ongoing battle with a person that doesn't exist to anyone but him: the Director – and when the director commands Kevin to do things, the results can lead to handcuffs, hospitalization, or both. With Pilon’s keen-eyed reportage, The Kevin Show is a bracing, suspenseful, and eye-opening view of the role that mental health plays in a seemingly ordinary life. Pilon presents her book at Greenlight in conversation with Maria Konnikova, writer for The New Yorker.