Wil Haygood runner-up for the 2010 PEN/ESPN Award

Wil Haygood has been selected as a runner-up for the 2010 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing for his book Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson. The award recognizes outstanding books about sports published in 2009.

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Wil Haygood is a prizewinning Washington Post staffwriter and an acclaimed biographer. His “In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.,” won the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Legacy Award, the ASCAP Deems-Taylor Award and was named Nonfiction Book of the Year by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. “King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.,” was named a New York Times Notable Book. His family memoir, “The Haygoods of Columbus,” received the Great Lakes Book Award. He has been an Alicia Patterson Fellow and, for his newspaper work, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Haygood has also been Visiting Writer at Colorado College, the University of Georgia, Penn State University, and his alma mater, Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. Haygood resides in Washington, D.C.