Please join Parnassus Books in welcoming local author Andrew Maraniss for a discussion and signing of his new book, Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South. Andrew Maraniss will be in conversation with Mayor Dean. This fast-paced, richly detailed biography, based on more than eighty interviews, digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a more complicated and profound story of sports pioneering than we've come to expect from the genre. Perry Wallace's unusually insightful and honest introspection reveals his inner thoughts throughout his journey.Strong Inside is the first book by Andrew Maraniss. A partner at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations in Nashville, Andrew studied history at Vanderbilt University as a recipient of the Fred Russell-Grantland Rice sportswriting scholarship, earning the school's Alexander Award for excellence in journalism and graduating in 1992. He then worked for five years in Vanderbilt's Athletic Department as the associate director of media relations, dealing primarily with the men's basketball team. In 1998 he served as the media relations manager for the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays during the team's inaugural season and then returned to Nashville to join MP&F. The son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author David Maraniss and trailblazing environmentalist Linda Maraniss, Andrew was born in Madison, Wisconsin, grew up in Washington D.C., and Austin, Texas, and now lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, Alison, and their two young children.
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