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Michael Blanding

THE MAP THIEF
Author
Brookline, Massachusetts
Michael Blanding is a Boston-based investigative journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Slate, The Nation, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Boston. His latest book, The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, was published by Gotham Books in June 2014 and named a New York Times Bestseller; an NPR Book of the Year; a New England Indie Bestseller; a MassBook Must-Read, and winner of an NES Book Award by the New England Society of New York. His first book, The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World's Favorite Soft Drink, was published by Avery/Penguin in 2010.

Blanding is currently a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and has previously been a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University; a senior writer at Harvard Business School; a senior writer and associate editor at Boston Magazine; and editor of New England Travel magazine. He has also co-written several travel guides to New England destinations for Moon Handbooks, and taught journalism and creative nonfiction at Tufts University, Emerson College, Northeastern University, and GrubStreet.

Blanding has won numerous other awards for his writing, including a Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications, and a bronze medal for reader service in the City and Regional Magazine Awards. He is currently working on a new book, to be published by Hachette Books in 2020.