G. Wayne Miller

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G. Wayne Miller

G. Wayne Miller (born June 12, 1954) is an American writer and filmmaker from a suburb of Boston. He graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1976 and became a reporter at The Transcript, a small daily newspaper in North Adams, Massachusetts. Then he took a staff writer position at the larger Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, and subsequently worked at The Providence Journal. In 1988, he sold his first book, a novel, Thunder Rise (hardcover, 1989; paperback, 1992), to William Morrow.[1]

'Toy Wars', released in 1998, opened Miller's readers to the previously closed doors exposing the inner workings of toy manufacturing giants and Fortune 500 companies Mattel and Hasbro. The popularity and success of 'Toy Wars' would later lead to the opportunity to write 'Men and Speed' in 2002.

In 2000 he published King of Hearts, an account of the men who created open-heart surgery focusing on Dr. C. Walton Lillehei. In 2002 Miller released 'Men and Speed: A Wild Ride Through NASCAR's Breakout Season,' the result of Miller being granted unprecedented access to Roush Racing (now Roush Fenway Racing) during the 2001 season.

Miller's next book was The Xeno Chronicles: Two Years on the Frontier of Medicine Inside Harvard's Transplant Research Lab. His eighth book, 'An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell,' about the six-term Rhode Island senator best remembered for creating the Pell Grants educational loan program, was published in October 2011. In November 2013, Simon & Schuster published `Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights Into How You Think,’ [2] coauthored with neuroscientist and psychologist Stephen M. Kosslyn.

In 2004 Miller was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prizer for Public Service for their four-part series 'Fatal Foam', a look at the flammability dangers of household furniture and beds. It was part of the Providence Journal's coverage of the devastating Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003. [3]

Miller also co-produced and wrote the documentary ON THE LAKE: Life and Love in a Distant Place released in 2009 and subsequently broadcast on PBS. Miller also wrote and co-produced BEHIND THE HEDGEROW: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society. In 2011, Miller wrote and co-produced The Providence Journal’s ‘Coming Home,’ about veterans of the wars in Iraq, which won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and was nominated for a New England Emmy. The documentary was based on Miller’s 16th newspaper series, ‘The War on Terror: Coming Home’ which The Providence Journal published in the fall of 2011. [4]

Miller is Visiting Fellow and co-founder and co-director of the Story in the Public Square program at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy in Newport, R.I.[5]

Miller is the father of three children. He lives near Providence, RI.

Books

Thunder Rise (hardcover, 1989; paperback 2001)
The Work of Human Hands (hardcover, 1993; paperback, 1999)
Coming of Age (1995)
Toy Wars (hardcover 1998; paperback, 1999)
King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery (hardcover, 2000; paperback, 2001)
Men and Speed: A Wild Ride Through NASCAR's Breakout Season (hardcover, 2002; paperback, 2003)
The Xeno Chronicles: Two Years on the Frontier of Medicine Inside Harvard's Transplant Research Lab (2005)
An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell (2011)
Since the Sky Blew Off: The Essential G. Wayne Miller Fiction, Vol. 1 (2012)
Asylum (2013)
Summer Place (2013)
Vapors: The Essential G. Wayne Miller Fiction, Vol. 2 (2013)
Top Brain, Bottom Brain, (with Stephen M. Kosslyn, 2013)

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