Bio

Tim Wendel is the author of 13 books and his award-winning nonfiction titles include SUMMER OF '68: THE SEASON WHEN BASEBALL, AND AMERICA, CHANGED FOREVER, which was a Top 10 choice by Publisher's Weekly and a Notable Book for 2013 by the State of Michigan. Also, HIGH HEAT: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FASTBALL AND THE IMPROBABLE SEARCH FOR THE FASTEST PITCHER OF ALL TIME, was an Editor's Selection by The New York Times Book Review.

His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, American Scholar, National Geographic Traveler, Washingtonian, GQ and Esquire, and his fiction in Gargoyle, Stymie and Potomac Review.
In addition, he edits USA Today's States Page and regularly contributes to Huffington Post's op-ed page. In 2005, he co-wrote one of the 2005 finalists for the Good Morning America national memoir contest.

Of his 13 books, Tim has published several works of fiction, including CASTRO'S CURVEBALL (Ballantine/​U of Nebraska) and RED RAIN (Writers' Lair) and HABANA LIBRE (CityLit Press).

CASTRO'S CURVEBALL was his thesis project at Johns Hopkins University, with Ballantine/​Random House purchasing it as he finished the program. As an instructor at JHU, Wendel has received the 2015 Award for Teaching Excellence and the Professional Achievement Award in 2004 and 2010. In addition, he is a Walter E. Dakin Fellow and Tennessee Williams Scholar to the Sewanee Writing Conference, and a Pen/​Faulkner visiting writer to the Washington, D.C. Public Schools.

Tim is currently a writer-in-residence at JHU. He has a master's in writing from there and a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. Born in Philadelphia, Tim was raised in Lockport, N.Y. One of his first jobs was writing music reviews for The Buffalo Courier-Express. Since then he's worked on both coasts and in between, covering everything from the Olympics to politics to the America's Cup.

He lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife and they have two children.


Titles
NIGHT ON MANITOU ISLAND, 2016, SunBear Press
DOWN TO THE LAST PITCH, 2014, Da Capo Press
HABANA LIBRE: A NOVELLA, 2014, CityLit Press
SUMMER OF '68, 2012, Da Capo Press (Publisher's Weekly Top 10; Notable Book of the Year, State of Michigan)
HIGH HEAT, 2010, Da Capo Press. (Editors’ Choice, New York Times Book Review)
BUFFALO, HOME OF THE BRAVES, 2009, SunBear Press
RED RAIN: A NOVEL, 2008, Writers Lair Press
FAR FROM HOME, 2008, National Geographic Press
MY MAN STAN: A NOVEL FOR YOUNG READERS, 2006, Arbutus Press
THE NEW FACE OF BASEBALL, 2005, Rayo/​HarperCollins, (Best History Book, Latino Literary Council)
CASTRO'S CURVEBALL, Ballantine/​Random House, 2000, re-released by University of Nebraska, 2006
GOING FOR THE GOLD, Hill Publishers, 1981, re-released by Dover Press, 2009