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Drew Philp

Official Website of Author, Journalist and Screenwriter, Including the Award-Winning Book

A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and American City

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Praise For A $500 House

Engrossing... Philp is a great storyteller.


"Fascinating... Philp writes with exuberance and sincerity... Inspiring."

            -Star Tribune 

"An important and powerful metaphor...a timeless gift to be shared and passed along."

             -New York Journal of Books 

"Deeply felt, sharply observed... Philp ably outlines the broad issues of race and class in the city, but it is the warmth and liveliness of his storytelling that will win many readers."

             -Kirkus  (Starred Review)

Available anywhere books are sold and in audiobook:

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Photo by Garrett Maclean 

Drew Philp is an award winning author, journalist, screenwriter, and TED speaker. His work regularly reaches millions and has been published internationally including appearing in The GuardianBuzzFeed, and De Correspondent 

among other publications. He regularly appears in the media speaking about his work and as an expert on Detroit.  

In 2017, Philp delivered a TED Talk that has reached more than 1.3 million people worldwide in a dozen languages. He has worked as a theater and book critic, an adjunct professor, a screenwriter an advertising copywriter, a keynote speaker, a games writer and as a full-time journalist. He is the recipient of numerous artistic and writing fellowships.


For inquiries, please contact Drew directly at: 

Literary Agent, Jenni Ferrari-Adler: 

Additional information available upon request.

Drew is available for hire: speeches and keynote addresses, journalism assignments, ghostwriting, script writing and editing, game narrative and more.   

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