Author of Perry Wallace biography has unique role at Vanderbilt

Andrew Maraniss, who wrote Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South, is working with Vanderbilt students from a unique position this academic year. He is spending part of his time as a writer-in-residence at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, where he is leading special programming with first-year students. For the second year, the biography of the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference is this year’s Commons Reading. Maraiss, a 1992 Vanderbilt graduate and Fred Russell-Grantland Rice scholarship recipient, is also serving as innovator-in-residence at the Wond’ry, a center of creativity and entrepreneurship.