Bryan Mealer is the author of Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which he wrote with William Kamkwamba, in addition to the children's book of the same title. He's also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Harper's and the Associated Press. His work has appeared in the anthology Best American Travel Writing and was chosen for an Overseas Press Club Award Citation. He and his family live in Austin, where he's a frequent contributor to Texas Monthly.
Bryan is currently at work on his next book, The Kings of Big Spring, a memoir about his family's long and complicated history with the Texas oil industry, forthcoming from Flatiron in 2017.
Praise for Muck City
“Just as the black muck ‘seeps into your socks and under toenails,’ by the end ‘Muck City’ will have made its way into you and be difficult to forget” –Jay Jennings, The New York Times
“A stirring tale of sports as a means of escape from dire circumstances.” – Kirkus
NPR Interview, For Some, Gridiron the Only Escape from "Muck City," October 24, 2012
Praise for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the inspiring story of a young man in Africa who used the only resources available to him to build a windmill and elevate the lives and spirits of those in his community. William Kamkwamba’s achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story.” – Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate
The Christian Science Monitor Review, Kate Vander Wiede, October 15, 2009
BBC, Malawi Windmill Boy with Big Fans, October 1, 2009
Praise for All Things Must Fight to Live
“Gutsy, richly descriptive recollections effectively conjure grisly events in a troubled nation.” – Kirkus
“Mealer’s book is a quiet paean to the courage he has witnessed, and its final salute to ‘the many proud people of Congo’ is as much eulogy as affirmation.” – Publishers Weekly
The Christian Science Monitor Review, Jina Moore, August 9, 2008