CMC welcomes author Wil Haygood (whose next book, Tigerland, will be released on September 18th), with host Larry James, Managing Partner of Crabbe Brown James.
Tigerland focuses on the 1968-1969 seasons of segregated East High School's baseball and basketball teams, which went on to defeat white schools to win championships amidst a racially charged era. Haygood received the 2017 Patrick Henry Fellowship Literary Award for his research on Tigerland.
Haygood is a Visiting Distinguished Professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Miami University, Ohio. Previously, he spent nearly three decades as a journalist with The Boston Globe (where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist) and The Washington Post.
While at the Post, Haygood wrote an article entitled "A Butler Well Served By This Election", about White House butler Eugene Allen, which served as the inspiration for the 2013 movie The Butler. Haygood eventually went on to write a book about Allen, The Butler: A Witness to History.
In addition to The Butler and Tigerland, Haygood has authored Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson, In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr., Two on the River, King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and The Haygoods of Columbus: A Family Memoir.
Haygood is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Alicia Patterson Foundation.
Born in Columbus and now residing in Washington, D.C., Haygood is a graduate of Miami University.
Sponsored by: Puffin Foundation West and Greater Columbus Arts Council
With Support From: Dispatch Media Group
Regular Entree: Chicken piccata with mashed potatoes and charred carrots. Served with a garden salad.
Vegetarian Entree: Vegetable stroganoff. Served with a garden salad.