Kelly Corrigan in 2009
|Born||August 16, 1967 (age 47)|
Corrigan's first book, “The Middle Place,” is a memoir about her Irish-American father’s battle with cancer and her own triumph over the disease. It was published on January 8, 2008 (hardcover) and December 23, 2008 (paperback). At its peak, the hardcover reached #16 on the Hardcover Non-fiction New York Times bestseller list. The paperback has reached #2 on the Trade Paperback Non-fiction New York Times bestseller list to date. "The Middle Place" was also recognized by Barnes and Noble as part of the "Discover Great New Writers" campaign.
Her second book, entitled "Lift" and published in 2010, is written in the form of a letter to her children, and is an examination of risk and parenthood through the lens of 3 true stories.
“Glitter and Glue,” Corrigan’s third book, is due to be published by Random House in February 2014.
Corrigan is also the author of an essay about "women's remarkable capacity to support each other, to laugh together, and to endure" called Transcending, a reading of which by the author and released by Hyperion/Voice became a YouTube sensation. The video has received over 4 million views on YouTube to date.
In addition to her long form work in memoir and nonfiction, Corrigan has contributed to O, The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, and other print and online publications. She is a four-time guest on The Today Show.
Shortly after her own battle with breast cancer, Corrigan launched Circus of Cancer, a how-to web site for friends and family of women with the disease. The website includes a photo album of her own struggle against breast cancer and writings in such categories as "Finding a Lump" and "Losing My Hair." Below is an excerpt from "Getting the Diagnosis":
At 1pm, Emily Birenbaum called and said these exact words: "Kelly, I understand that you called in this morning. I have the biopsy report and Kelly, it's cancer." I called out, "Edward!" and he came to me and we crowded around the phone, politely asking the simplest of questions. "Is the test always correct?" "Does it say how much cancer there is?" "Could it be a false positive?" After a very short conversation where we learned the phrase 'invasive ductal carcinoma', we hung up. The girls were at our knees, needing to be fed and put down for a nap. There was so much to do, on so many fronts, that the only thing to do was to start doing.
She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Edward Lichty, and their two daughters.
Notes and Words
Corrigan created the philanthropy Notes and Words in 2010, and has since raised over $2 million for Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland in California. An annual benefit, Notes & Words features bestselling authors and top recording artists onstage together at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. The event in 2012 raised over $600,000 and had an attendance of 1800 people. The co-chairs of the philanthropy – Corrigan, Melissa Williams and Kristina Smith – are all grateful parents whose children have received services and care from Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland.
Past Notes and Words performers include Michael Lewis, Anne Lamott, Michael Chabon, as well as musicians CAKE and The Family Crest. The 2013 lineup included G. Love and Special Sauce, Goodnight, Texas, Oakland School of the Arts, Billy Collins, Mary Roach, Kelly Corrigan herself, and Lauren Graham.
- "The Middle Place" (2008)
- "Lift" (2010)
- "Glitter and Glue" (2014)
- "The Nantucket Project: How Clichés Are Getting in the Way of Your Success". TIME. Nov 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-18.