Andrew Maraniss is the author of four books on sports, history and social justice for teens and adults. His first book, "Strong Inside," was a biography of Perry Wallace, the first Black basketball player in SEC history. It was the first sports-related book ever to win the Lillian Smith Book Award for civil rights and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition Prize for social justice. His second book, "Games of Deception," is the story of the first US men's Olympic basketball team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It received the Sydney Taylor Book Honor Award. His third book, "Singled Out," is a biography of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay Major League baseball player. Esquire Magazine named it one of the Top 100 Baseball Books Ever Written and was a 2022 Rainbow Book List selection. Maraniss' new book, "Inaugural Ballers," tells the story of the first U.S. women's Olympic basketball team at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Maraniss lives in Nashville with his wife and young children and is director of special projects at the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department.
Awards: Lillian Smith Book Award, RFK Book Awards' Special Recognition Prize, Sydney Taylor Honor Award