Appearing Courtesy of The Arizona Daily Star
New York Times best-selling author Andrew Maraniss writes sports-and history-related nonfiction, telling stories with a larger social message. His new book,"Singled Out," is a biography of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay Major League Baseball player and inventor of the high-five.
His first book, "Strong Inside," received the Lillian Smith Book Award for civil rights and the RFK Book Awards' Special Recognition Prize for social justice, becoming the first sports-related book ever to win either award. His young readers adaptation of "Strong Inside" was named one of the Top Biographies for Youth by the American Library Association and was named a Notable Social Studies Book by the Children's Book Council.
His acclaimed second book, "Games of Deception," was a Sydney Taylor Honor Award recipient, Junior Library Guild selection and Notable Social Studies Book.
Maraniss is a contributor to ESPN's sports and race website, TheUndefeated.com and is a visiting author at the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department, where he manages the Sports & Society Initiative. He was media relations manager for Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays during the team’s inaugural season of 1998.
Maraniss was born in Madison, Wisc., grew up in Washington, D.C., and now lives in Nashville with his wife, Alison, and two young children.