Festival of Books 2012

Writing the Sports Biography: About the Panelists

Alan AbrahamsonAlan Abrahamson is an award-winning sportswriter, best-selling author and in-demand television analyst. In 2010 he launched his own website, 3 Wire Sports (www.3wiresports.com). From 2006 until 2010 he was a columnist at NBC’s online destinations: NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com and UniversalSports.com. For the 17 years before that, he was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times; he spent his first nine years at the newspaper covering news and the final eight sports, mostly the Olympic movement. The Vancouver Games marked his sixth Olympics, Summer and Winter; he is a member of the International Olympic Committee’s press commission. With Alan as lead columnist, NBCOlympics.com won a Sports Emmy for innovation at the 2008 Olympics. After the 2008 Games, Abrahamson co-wrote Michael Phelps’ No Limits: The Will to Succeed, and after the 2010 Olympics, he co-wrote Apolo Ohno’s Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday. Both books are New York Times best-sellers. Among other honors, he won the 2002 National Headliner Award for sports writing; he was the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2004 sports journalist of the year. In its first year, 3 Wire Sports made the wordpress.com worldwide “Blogs of the Day” list (June 8, 2011). Abrahamson is a lecturer in sports writing at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

Madelyn CainMadelyn Cain holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, where she was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She has written for USA Today and Utne Reader, as well as for stage and television. Currently she teaches nonfiction in the master of professional writing program at the University of Southern California. She lives in the Hollywood Hills. In addition to writing and teaching, Cain lectures on women’s issues and conducts writing seminars. She has been a guest programs including Anderson Cooper 360, National Public Radio, CNN, The Diane Rehm Show, The Other Half, and the NBC Evening News.

Steven TraversSteven Travers is a USC graduate and ex-professional baseball player. He is the author of the The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times (2011) and the best-selling Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman, nominated for a Casey Award (Best Baseball Book of 2002). He is also the author of The USC Trojans: College Football’s All-Time Greatest Dynasty and One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game that Changed the Nation.