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Les Standiford

Les Standiford is the author of many books, including the critically acclaimed works of nonfiction, Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean which is a History Channel Top Ten Pick and the One Read choice of more than a dozen public library systems; Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and the Bitter Partnership that Transformed America, and Washington Burning: How a Frenchman's Vision for Our Nation's Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army. The latter two titles were publisher's nominees for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards.

Other nonfiction includes Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction that Changed America (a New York Times bestseller); and most recently, Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct & the Rise of Los Angeles, a featured alternate of the History Book Club. Les is also the author of ten novels, including the acclaimed John Deal mystery series as well as stand-alone thrillers Black Mountain and Spill (which has been adapted as a feature film). He has received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He is Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami and holds the Peter Meinke Chair in Creative Writing at Eckerd College for the Spring, 2016.