The author of more than fifteen books, Frank Deford (b. 1938) is one of the nation’s most prominent sportswriters. In his nonfiction he has chronicled everything from roller derby to the Miss America pageant, while his novels have used sport as a background for historical fiction and explorations of what athletic competition can mean. Two of his novels, Everybody’s All American and The Life of a Child, have been made into motion pictures, and he also wrote the screenplays for Trading Hearts and Four Minutes. A senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated, Deford also appears on NPR’s Morning Edition. A member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and its Hall of Fame, Deford has been named Sportswriter of the Year six times. His most recent book is Bliss, Remembered, a novel set during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.