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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction



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Austen lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ben Austen is the author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. A former editor at Harpers Magazine, he is a story consultant on the podcast The City and a senior fellow at the Invisible Institute. His feature writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, The Best American Travel Writing, and many other publications.

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Titles At Your Library


-- ''High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing'' -- *One of the best books of 2018 by Booklist, Mother Jones and the public libraries of Chicago and St. Louis.

-- *Longlisted for Carnegie Medal of Excellence in Nonfiction.

-- *Finalist for Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice and the Chicago Review of Books Award.

-- *Starred Review, Booklist