Ben H. Winters

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Ben H. Winters
Born Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Period 2009–present

Benjamin Allen H. "Ben" Winters is an American author, journalist, teacher and playwright.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Winters was born in Maryland and is a 1998 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was active in the comedy group Mama's Pot Roast.[2] In high school, he played in the punk band Corm,[3] alongside John Davis, now of Title Tracks.


Winters was first known as the author of the 2009 New York Times bestseller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. In 2012 he published The Last Policeman, the first in a trilogy of detective novels set in a pre-apocalyptic United States; that book won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in the category Best Paperback Original;[4] was an Amazon Best Book of 2012;[5] and was nominated for the Macavity Award for Best Mystery by Mystery Readers International.[6] The second novel in the Last Policeman trilogy, Countdown City, was published in July 2013; it won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction.[7] The third book in the Policeman series, World of Trouble, was published in July 2014.

Other novels include Android Karenina (Quirk Books), published in June 2010; a young adult novel, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, was published by HarperCollins on September 21, 2010. Finkleman was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America on Jan. 19, 2011. In 2011, Winters published a second book in the Ms. Finkleman series, titled The Mystery of the Missing Everything, and Bedbugs, a horror novel for adults. Winters has also written numerous books in the Worst-Case Scenario Series.

Winters's work for the theater includes the Off-Broadway musical Slut, the children's musicals The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Uncle Pirate, and A (Tooth) Fairy Tale and the Neil Sedaka juke-box musical, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.[8]



  1. ^ "About the Author". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Alexander, Jennifer. "Ben H. Winters Pens Highly Imaginative "Countdown City"". West End Word. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Interview (& Giveaway): Ben H. Winters, author of The Last Policeman". My Bookish Ways. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
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  7. ^ John DeNardo (April 19, 2014). "WINNER: 2014 Philip K. Dick Award". SF Signal. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "About". The Official Website for Ben H. Winters. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 

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