Going behind Closed Doors: Judging Book Prizes

Lisa Appignanesi, Sam Leith, Erica Wagner, Natalie Haynes

05/01/2015 11:00 am
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Book prizes are almost as commonplace as book festivals. Shortlisted authors enjoy exposure and prestige and the winner tops it all with a substantial reward. But how are decisions actually reached? This event brings together literary award judges to disclose the inner secrets of book prize panels. Lisa AppignanesiNatalie HaynesSam Leith and Erica Wagner will be held in check by neuroscientist Daniel Glaser, himself a judge of the 2014 Man Booker prize.

Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa Appignanesi has been a university lecturer in European Studies and was Deputy Director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Her works of non-fiction include Freud’s Women (with John Forrester), a biographical portrait of Simone de Beauvoir, and a history of cabaret. She has edited The Rushdie File and a number of books on contemporary culture, as well as producing various films for television. Lisa Appignanesi lives in London with her two children.

Natalie Haynes

Natalie Haynes is a writer, broadcaster and comedian. She is a regular guest contributor to The Independent and author of The Ancient Guide to Modern Life and a recently-published novel, The Amber Fury.

Sam Leith

Sam Leith is literary editor at The Spectator and a columnist at The Financial Times and Prospect. His work appears in The Guardian, The Times and the TLS among others.

Erica Wagner

Erica Wagner was born in New York. She is contributing literary editor at Harper’s Bazaar, former literary editor of The Times, a broadcaster and award-winning writer of many genres, including fiction, biography and poetry.
Francine Prose and Laura Cumming have had to cancel their festival appearances for personal reasons.

Daniel Glaser

Daniel Glaser is a neuroscientist, currently Director of the Science Gallery at King’s College, London. He was previously Head of Engaging Science at the Wellcome Trust and was a 2014 judge of the Man Booker Prize.

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