Tim Wendel, Writer in Residence for the MA in Writing Program, is the award-winning author of 11 books, including Summer of ’68, Castro’s Curveball, and High Heat, which was an Editor’s Choice selection by the New York Times Book Review.
His reporting and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, American Scholar, National Geographic Traveler, USA Weekend, Washingtonian, GQ, and Esquire. Wendel’s fiction has been published in Gargoyle, Stymie and Potomac Review. In addition, he regularly contributes to Huffington Post and USA Today’s op-ed page, and he co-wrote one of the 2005 finalists for the Good Morning America national memoir contest.
Castro’s Curveball was his thesis project at JHU, with Ballantine purchasing it as he finished the program. As an instructor at JHU, Wendel has received the 2009 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.
Wendel teaches a range of fiction and nonfiction courses in the Writing Program, in both DC and at the Homewood Campus in Baltimore. He holds a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University and is a 1999 Fiction graduate of the Writing Program. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his family.
- Down to the Last Pitch: How the 1991 Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves Gave Us the Best World Series of All Time, 2014, Da Capo Press
- Habana Libre: A Novella, 2013, CityLit Press
- Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball and America Forever, 2012, Da Capo Press (Notable Book of the Year, State of Michigan)
- High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time, 2010, Da Capo Press. (Editors’ Choice, New York Times Book Review)
- Buffalo, Home of the Braves, 2009, Sun Bear Press
- Red Rain: A Novel, 2008, Writers Lair Press
- Far From Home: Latino Baseball Players in America, 2008, National Geographic
- My Man Stan (Magic Radio): A Novel for Young Readers, 2006, Arbutus Press
- The New Face of Baseball: The One-Hundred-Year Rise and Triumph of Latinos in America’s Favorite Sport, 2005, Rayo/HarperCollins, (Best History Book, Latino Literary Council)
- Castro’s Curveball, Ballantine/Random House, 2000, re-released University of Nebraska, 2006
- Going for the Gold: How the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Won at Lake Placid, Hill Publishers, 1981, re-released by Dover Press, 2009
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