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Miles Harvey

Born: in Hinsdale, Illinois
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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.

  • 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 - Longlisted, Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and for the Chautauqua Prize 2021, Finalist, Society of Midland Authors Award for Biography and Memoir, New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Michigan N

Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Painter in a savage land :
ISBN: 9781588367099 OCLC: New York :

Random House, New York : ©2008.

From the author of the national bestseller The Island of Lost Maps comes the fascinating story of the first European artist to paint life among the Indians and colonists in the unbelievably harsh and hostile New World. Illustrated.

The island of lost maps :
ISBN: 9780307766564 OCLC: New York :

Broadway Books, New York : 2001, ©2000.

The Island of Lost Maps tells the story of a curious crime spree: the theft of scores of valuable, centuries-old maps from some of the most prominent research libraries in the United States and Canada. When all was said and done, Gilbert Joseph Bland, Jr., had become the Al Capone of cartography, the most prolific American map thief in history.

The King of Confidence
ISBN: 0316463590 OCLC:

In 1843, James Strang, a charismatic young lawyer and avowed atheist, converted to a burgeoning religious movement known as Mormonism. He persuaded hundreds to follow him to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, and declared himself a divine king. He controlled a fourth of the state of Michigan, practiced plural marriages, and established a pirate colony where he perpetrated thefts, corruption and frauds of all kinds. His assassination made front-page news across the country. Harvey tells Strang's fascinating but largely forgotten story, an account of one of the country's boldest con men and the boisterous era that allowed him to thrive. --Adapted from book jacket