Wil Haygood: Author, Tigerland
Pulitzer-nominated Wil Haygood has made a career out of telling some of the most interesting, if overlooked, stories in American Life. Most notably, he penned the story "A Butler Well Served by this Election" for The Washington Post which became the basis for the award-winning 2013 film "The Butler" and for Haygood’s New York Times’ best-selling book of the same name. His seventh book, TIGERLAND: 1968-1969, A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing, was just given to all Miami University freshman upon arrival into Oxford this August and thanks to Penguin Random House, weeks in advance of the actual book release. He addressed the incoming students at Miami’s convocation on August 24 and discussed the importance of race relations. The pod examines his writing success but also digs back into his childhood. Wil was the first person from his family to attend college, and he talks joyfully about knowing the moment he came onto campus that it was the only place he wanted to be. I was also fascinated with his description of his book writing process. You can pre-order the book (release date September 18, 2018) via Amazon
“When there’s unity, good things happen”
Where Haygood’s love of writing began.
Why Haygood chose Miami.
Growing up in Columbus was different than it is today.
It was difficult, but Haygood graduated.
What gives him the inspiration to write each book
Haygood’s writing process for Tigerland.
Key takeaways from Tigerland.
What’s next for Haygood.
How “The Butler” came to life onscreen.
Wil Haygood’s book, Tigerland, comes out September 18th, you can pre-order Tigerland on Amazon.
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