Amy Bass

Amy Bass, photo by Rodney Bedsole Photography

Emmy-award-winning writer Amy Bass was born and raised in New England, the daughter of two noted local journalists, in a house filled with books and a yard filled with an enormous vegetable garden, berry patches, a small orchard, and about thirty acres of woods going straight up a mountain. Now a New Yorker, she makes sure that the Red Sox, the Berkshire Hills, and Cape Cod’s beaches and bike paths remain big pieces in her heart.

Bass is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where her fourth book, One Goal, is set. She received a doctorate degree with distinction from Stony Brook University and has had a fruitful career as a professor and scholar of sport, culture, and politics, established by her first book, Not the Triumph but the Struggle. She worked across eight Olympic Games for NBC Sports, winning an Emmy for Live Event Turnaround in 2012.

One Goal was named a best book of 2018 by the Boston Globe and Library Journal, and was featured on the Today Show, NPR’s “The Takeaway,” “Midday,” and “Only A Game.” It is being adapted to film by Netflix. In its starred review of the book, Kirkus Reviews called One Goal “an edifying and adrenalin-charged tale,” while the Wall Street Journal declared it “the perfect parable for our time,” and the Globe & Mail dubbed it “magnificent and significant.”


selected bibliography

One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together by Amy Bass
One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together (2018)
Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle over W. E. B. Du Bois by Amy Bass
Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle Over W. E. B. Du Bois (2009)
In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century by Amy Bass
In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century (2005)
Not the Triumph But the Struggle: 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete by Amy Bass
Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete (2002)

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online resources

Amy Bass’s website
“Looking for Unity,” the Times Record, July 13, 2018
“The Beautiful Game, a Riven Maine Town” by Kate Tuttle, the Boston Globe, March 22, 2018
Author Q&A: Open Book with Bass, the Berkshire Eagle, February 23, 2018
“The Immigrants Who Prove Trump Wrong,” CNN Opinion by Bass, January 12, 2018

Video: Meet & Greet with Bass at Maine Immigrant Refugee Services in Lewiston, Maine