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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Miles Harvey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Hinsdale, Illinois

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Miles 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.


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

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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.

The King of Confidence
ISBN: 0316463590. OCLC Number: 1117628990

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The riveting story of the most infamous American con man you've never heard of: James Strang, self-proclaimed divine king of earth, heaven, and an island in Lake Michigan, until his assassination in 1856.