HAMPTON, Va. (October 16, 2018) – Best-selling author Wil Haygood will be visiting Hampton University for a reading of his new book, “Tigerland,” Monday, November 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The reading is free and open to the public.
“We are anticipating the arrival of Mr. Haygood’s visit to our beautiful ‘Home by the Sea’ next month. He is a wonderful and talented author,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “At Hampton University, we pride ourselves on giving our students opportunities to engage with speakers who are living their lives successfully in their chosen careers.”
Wil Haygood is the author of “The Butler: A Witness to History;” “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America;” and many more. The Butler was later adapted into the critically acclaimed film directed by Lee Daniels, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and the 2017 Patrick Henry Fellowship Literary Award for his research on “Tigerland.” His newest novel, “Tigerland,” was just listed as a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal.
"I am truly excited about visiting Hampton University and sharing the stories and books that have made up my writing life as a cultural historian and journalist,” said Wil Haygood, Historian and Associate Producer of the film, "The Butler." “The issues I’ve written about seem ever more important to discuss in today’s America."
“Tigerland” is an emotional, inspiring story of two teams from a poor, black, segregated high school in Ohio, who, in the midst of the racial turbulence of 1968/1969, win the Ohio state baseball and basketball championships in the same year.
Haygood is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Miami University, Ohio. For nearly three decades he was a journalist, serving as a national and foreign correspondent at The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and then at The Washington Post. He will be visiting the Hampton University campus from November 11-13, 2018 where he will also visit a few classes and meet with writing and journalism students.