ABOUT

author photo by Mallory Talty 

Ben H. Winters is the author of seven novels, including most recently Countdown City (Quirk), an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. Countdown City is the sequel to The Last Policeman, which was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America; it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon.com and Slate. World of Trouble, the third in the Last Policeman Trilogy, comes out in July of 2014.

Ben’s other books Literally Disturbed (Price Stern Sloan), a book of scary poems for kids; the New York Times bestselling parody novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk) and a novel for young readers, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins), which was a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2011 as well as an Edgar Nominee in the juvenile category. In the summer of 2014 he will publish the final book in the Last Policeman trilogy.

Ben has also written extensively for the theater, and was a 2009-2010 Fellow of the Dramatists Guild; his plays for young audiences include The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere A (Tooth) Fairy Tale and Uncle Pirate, and his plays for not-young audiences include the 2008 Off-Broadway musical Slut and the “jukebox musical” Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, which is produced frequently across the country and around the world.  Ben’s journalism has appeared in The Chicago Reader, The Nation, In These Times, USA Today, the Huffington Post, and lots of other places.

Ben grew up in suburban Maryland, went to college at Washington University in St. Louis, and has subsequently lived in six different cities—seven if you count Brooklyn twice for two different times. Presently he lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife Diana, a law professor, and their three children.

11 Comments on "ABOUT"

  1. Dear Mr. Winters,

    We would be interested in licensing you novel The Last Policeman for France. Do you work with an agency, and if so, could you pass us the mail?

    Best regards,

    Mathieu Saintout
    Publishing Manager – Panini Group

  2. Paul Fitzpatrick says:

    when can we expect the final ‘last policeman book?’ (Happy New Year)

  3. Jen Clay says:

    Have you ever lived in Concord, NH, the setting for The Last Policeman trilogy? What was it about the area that inspired you to make it the setting?

    • Ben says:

      Paul — book 3 is calledWorld of Trouble, and it comes out July 15.
      Jen — I have never lived in Concord, but I have family there. And I love it there.

  4. simon gray from Australia says:

    I’d like to buy straight from you, if you were able to cheaply, securely set it up…

  5. simon gray from Australia says:

    Hmmm, I have been trying to get to the bottom of this with Amazon, but it seems that your books are about 10% more expensive when they are sold in Australia. Oh, and for your Last Policemen trilogy, perhaps you could have a package deal? If Amazon can explain to me why there is a price discrepancy I will post it here – Simon

  6. Kate says:

    Hi! I’m doing an author study for school and I’ve chosen to do it on you. I am having trouble finding some of the information required for my project and I was wondering if you could help. One thing that seems to not exist on the internet is your birth date.

  7. Ben says:

    Kate, thanks for your interest. I was born on June 14, 1976. Good luck with the author study!

  8. Ann Bakita says:

    Is the policeman series appropriate for an 8 yr old boy? He’s a huge PKD fan.

    • Ben says:

      8 is probably too young for these books — there is a good deal of death and grief in them, and a small amount of sex, etc.

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