What’s new?

Chief Engineer, my biography of Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, appears in June from Bloomsbury on both sides of the Atlantic. I’ll be in the UK and the States over the summer to promote it — watch this space! I’m very glad  I’m so pleased to be Consulting Literary Editor for Harper’s Bazaar; I write for the magazine every month, and blog for them here. I’m a Contributing Writer for The New Statesman, as well as writing for The Financial TimesThe EconomistThe New York Times… follow me @EricaWgnr where I’ll post links to my pieces!

Upcoming events

Here’s some thrilling news — I’ll be in conversation with the astonishing George Saunders about his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, on March 15 at Goldsmiths, in London. This is already one my books of 2017….

And since 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Alan Garner’s The Owl Service, don’t forget that First Light, the book of essays I have edited or Unbound about the great Alan Garner — with contributions from Neil Gaiman,  Margaret Atwood, Stephen Fry, Ali Smith, Rowan Williams and many others — is just waiting to leap on to your shelves. Here’s a piece about it in the Guardian.

Quote of the day

  • An eerie resonance - “Universal suffrage can only mean in plain English the government of ignorance and vice — it means a European, and especially Celtic, proletariat on the Atlantic coast, an African proletariat on the shores of the Gulf [of Mexico], and a Chinese proletariat on the Pacific.” Boston’s Charles Francis Adams Jr., grandson of John Quincy Adams, in 1877. From Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics by Terry Golway