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Wil Haygood is a prize-winning Washington Post staff writer and an acclaimed biographer. His "In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr." won the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Legacy Award, the ASCAP Deems-Taylor Award and was named Nonfiction Book of the Year by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. "King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr." was named a New York Times Notable Book. His family memoir, "The Haygoods of Columbus," received the Great Lakes Book Award. He has been an Alicia Patterson fellow and, for his newspaper work, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Haygood has also been a visiting writer at Colorado College, the University of Georgia, Penn State University and his alma mater, Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. His new book is "Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson" (Knopf Doubleday). Haygood lives in Washington, D.C.

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Wil Haygood