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A writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University, I've published 13 books, most recently CANCER CROSSINGS: A BROTHER, HIS DOCTORS AND THE QUEST TO CURE CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA


My titles include SUMMER OF '68: THE SEASON WHEN BASEBALL, AND AMERICA, CHANGED FOREVER, which was a Top 10 choice by Publishers Weekly and a Notable Book for 2013 by the State of Michigan. 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. 


My stories and/or columns have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Washingtonian, GQ and Esquire. Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss calls my work "a winning mix of science, biography and mythology."


I've received JHU's Teaching Excellence Award twice and the Professional Achievement Award three times. Also, I am a Walter E. Dakin Fellow and a Tennessee Williams Scholar to the Sewanee Writing Conference. 


I was raised in Lockport, N.Y. and one of my first jobs was writing music reviews for the Buffalo Courier-Express. Since then I've traveled to Cuba, Nepal, Japan, China, Europe and throughout North America, with a notebook in hand.


I recorded the audiobook for CANCER CROSSINGS and was named a voice on Alexa under the handle "Bookish Tim."

My first novel, CASTRO'S CURVEBALL (Ballantine),  was my thesis project at Johns Hopkins University. I recently finished the sequel, ESCAPE FROM CASTRO'S CUBA, which NYT best-selling author Daniel Silva calls, "a compelling story that moves with the speed of a perfect fastball."