“I was frustrated,” says Erin Callinan about the genesis of her critically-acclaimed memoir Beautifully Bipolar. “I could no longer sit back while conversation surrounding mental illness was negative, scary, insulting, and inaccurate. I have a voice, and I have a story. I felt a passion, and I went with it. I just started writing: no judgments, limits, or rules.” Her purpose: To challenge people to address and remove the stigma associated with mental illness. Reviewers have enthusiastically praised the volume, one calling it the “perfect first non-clinical book for family members, loved ones, or even sufferers themselves, who are just adjusting to the unsettling diagnosis of bipolar disorder.” Ultimately Erin’s story is impossible to set aside and vitally import to know.