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Andrew Maraniss

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss writes sports and history-related nonfiction, telling stories with a larger social message. 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 for kids Games of Deception on the first U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics was a Sydney Taylor Book Award recipient. He is also the author of Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke, which was named one of the “Top 100 Baseball Books Ever Written” by Esquire. Andrew lives in Nashville and is director of special projects at the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department, where he manages the Vanderbilt Sports & Society Initiative. Follow him on Twitter @trublu24 and online at andrewmaraniss.com.

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