Chapter 16
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Maraniss Heading to Vanderbilt

David Maraniss will teach at Vanderbilt University during the spring 2013 semester

October 30, 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss has been named Writer in Residence at the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University. Maraniss will co-teach two courses, Presidential Biographies and Reading and Writing about Sports in American Life. In a Vanderbilt press release, Maraniss says, “I’ll be focusing on subjects that obsess me—the art of biography, presidential politics and the sociology of sports.”

Maraniss has built his reputation writing about these subjects. Known for both political biographies and newspaper reporting (most recently for The Washington Post, where he is an associate editor), Maraniss has written books about Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Robert Clemente, and Vince Lombardi. He recently appeared in Nashville at the Southern Festival of Books in support of his latest book Barack Obama: The Story.

Click here for Chapter 16’s review of Barack Obama: The Story, and here Chapter 16’s Q&A with Maraniss.