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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: in Hinsdale, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Harvey grew up in Downers Grove. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Miles Harvey began reporting on Gilbert Bland in 1996 for Outside magazine. He worked for UPI and In These Times. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he was the recipient of a 2004-2005 Illinois Arts Council Award for prose and a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace fellowship at the University of Michigan.

He teaches creative writing at DePaul University in Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """The Island of Lost Maps"""

-- *Top Ten Books, USA Today

-- *Top Ten Books, Chicago Sun-Times


-- """Painter in a Savage Land"""

-- *Best Book of the Year, Chicago Tribune


-- """The King of Confidence"""

-- *New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

-- *Longlisted, Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, 2021

-- *Michigan Notable Book, 2020

-- *Best True Crime Book of the Year, CrimeReads, 2020

-- *Best Book of the Year, Booklist, 2020

-- *Best Book of the Month in two categories - History and Biography, Amazon

-- *Most Anticipated Book, Literary Hub, 2020

-- *Best Summer Read, Publishers Weekly

-- *Best Summer Read, Chicago Tribune

-- *Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022