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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.
The Death of Eli Gold
The Death of Eli Gold is a comedy, a thriller, and a meditation on love, death, aging, sex, America and fame. Inspired by Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, John Updike, Norman Mailer and Arthur Koestler, it is both a hymn to, and a critique of, that generation of writers whose greatness gave them a license to disregard the damage they caused all around them, especially to their women and children. David Baddiel told us about his literary heroes, making people laugh about religion, and writing fiction...
Edmund de Waal: The Exiles Return
The ceramicist and acclaimed author of The Hare With The Amber Eyes turns a new page in his family’s story. He came to Jewish Book Week to present his grandmother’s novel, The Exiles Return. Elisabeth de Waal’s book follows four exiles as they return to Vienna in the early 1950s, 15 years after their escape. The publication marks 75 years since the Anschluss. As an artist working in ceramics much of Edmund de Waal’s recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and co...
Going behind Closed Doors: Judging Book Prizes
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 Appignanesi, Natalie Haynes, Sam Leith and Erica Wagner will be held in check by neuroscientist Daniel Glaser...
George Prochnik: Reflections on Stefan Zweig and Exile
George Prochnik’s family fled Austria in the 1930s, at the same time as Stefan Zweig turned his back on Vienna for the last time. In The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World, Prochnik muses on the consequences of exile for Zweig and other émigré writers, such as Thomas Mann, Hannah Arendt and Bertolt Brecht, tracing Zweig’s tumultuous journey to his final destination, Brazil. George Prochnik talks to Erica Wagnerabout the dram...
Love, Art and Literature
Hannah Rothschild, author of The Improbability of Love and the new Chair of the National Gallery Board of Trustees, knows a thing or two about art and how for some its pursuit can become an all-encompassing obsession. Her novel is imaginative, exuberant, often extremely funny, and is currently a nominee for the JQ-Wingate Prize. Hannah Rothschild will be talking to Erica Wagner about her writing, her new appointment, the art that affects her most powerf...
Feisty Fictions
Linda’s Grant’s sparkling new novel, The Dark Circle, is set in 1950, two years into the NHS, revolving around a TB sanatorium in the Kent countryside, where the East End Lynsky twins are the only Jews. It has been described as ‘drenched in colour and light’; and is at once very funny and heart-breaking, offering a penetrating vision of the swiftly changing landscape of the post-war era. Sarah Moss’s courageous and unflinching novel of contemporary life, The Tidal Zon...
The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the iconic landmarks of the New York skyline; it has stood for more than 130 years, taking fourteen dramatic years to complete. In Chief EngineerErica Wagner tells the riveting story of the bridge’s construction and of Washington Roebling, the man who built it, one of the America’s most distinguished engineers – from military hero to pioneering civil engineer.