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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Miles Harvey  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: in Hinsdale, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Miles Harvey grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois. 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''. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Harvey 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.His book, ''The Island of Lost Maps'' was a national and international bestseller that was named one of the top ten books of 2000 by ''USA Today'' and the ''Chicago Sun-Times''.


Illinois Arts Council, Artists Fellowship Award for Prose, 2004-2005

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Painter in a savage land :
ISBN: 9781588367099. OCLC Number: 237025423

Random House,. .

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 Number: 698261602

Broadway Books,. .

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.