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The Museum of the City of New York presents, "The Man Who Build the Brooklyn Bridge"

Washington Roebling constructed one of America’s most iconic structures, the Brooklyn Bridge, but his story spans much more than just the East River. It’s a story of immigration, personal adversity, and pushing the boundaries of possibility. Join Erica Wagner, author of Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge, and Kevin Baker, bestselling author of America the Ingenious, for a conversation about this incredible feat of human engineering and the making of modern New York.

Reception and book signing to follow. 

Register online at mcny.org/offthepage | Use the code BRIDGE1 for $10 tickets (regularly $20)

About the Speakers: 
Erica Wagner is the author of Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters, the novel Seizure and the short story collection Gravity; she is the editor of First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner. Literary editor of The Times for seventeen years and twice a judge of the Man Booker Prize, she is now a contributing writer for the New Statesman and consulting literary editor for Harper's Bazaar. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Economist, the Financial Times, and the New York Times, among others. She was the recipient of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award in 2014, and she is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Kevin Baker is a novelist, historian, and journalist, whose most recent book is America the Ingenious, How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World, from Artisan.  He has recently completed a history of New York City baseball for Pantheon.

Off the Page spotlights the best new books about the five boroughs. Each event features a brief reading and a conversation between the author and an expert commentator. Join us afterwards for a reception and meet and greet with the author.