The latest book by Washington University alumnus and former Performing Arts Department student Ben H. Winters (A.B. '98), Underground Airlines, was recently reviewed favorably in The New York Times. Already the American Booksellers Association Top Book for July and in development for a television adaptation, the review hails it a "chilling new thriller" and praises its inventive plot about a slave hunter who, in a contemporary United States where the Civil War never took place, is himself an escaped slave.
While at Washington University, Winters took courses in the Performing Arts Department and was an active member of Mama's Pot Roast, the university's longest-running student improvisational and sketch comedy troupe. He is the author of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Android Karenina (2009 and 2010: Quirk Books), as well as the best-selling mystery trilogy The Last Policeman (2012-2014: Quirk Books). Among other awards, The Last Policeman received the prestigious Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction and has been published in 14 languages.
Click HERE for the New York Times' July 4, 2016 review of Underground Airlines (2016: Mulholland Books).
(Author photo by Mallory Talty taken from benhwinters.com)