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I’m so thrilled to discover that — along with the wonderful Olivia Laing — I am the 2014 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence! That will keep me cheerful all next year and beyond. Cheerful and busy — as along with chair A.C. Grayling, and fellow judges Alastair Niven, Jonathan Bate, Dan Glaser and Sarah Churchwell, we’ve chosen our shortlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Not long now until the prize itself…  watch this space!

I’m writing for The New StatesmanThe Financial TimesThe EconomistThe New York Times… follow me @EricaWgnr where I’ll post links to my pieces! Meantime,  the show I’ve made, A Concert of Stories, with storyteller Abbi Patrix and percussionist Linda Edsjo is now part of the touring repertoire of Compagnie de Cercle — here are details about the show, and where to see it (mostly in France, and in French…). If you want to read about how it came about you can do that here. My novel, Seizure, is published in French now as La Coupure. If you’re heading that way… Seizure is terrific.” Philip Pullman

Upcoming events

On October 22nd, I’m at Waterstones Trafalgar Square with Michel Faber, talking about his remarkable new novel, The Book of Strange New Things. Really looking forward to it.

My new Faber Academy course for writers, Getting Started: Beginners’ Fiction, starts on January 12, 2015. Roll up, roll up — don’t be shy. No time like the new year to start a project.

Quote of the day

  • Work without dignity “Here was wealth greater than ever known before — wealth gained not by men as producers but as masters of capital, middle men, investors and speculators; wealth that held the living of the many in its hands, but which had largely lost the sense of stewardship. And here was work that lacked dignity; wages fixed without bargaining; regulation and control in place of the old freedom.” The United States in the 1840s and 1850s; from Avery O. Craven’s Civil War in the Making, 1815-1860