Tucson Festival of Books

Joshua Prager



Peter van Agtmael

For more than 20 years, Joshua Prager, a former senior writer for The Wall Street Journal, has written about historical secrets—revealing all from the hidden scheme that led to baseball’s most famous moment (Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard Round the World”) to the only-ever anonymous recipient of a Pulitzer Prize (a photographer he tracked down in Iran). His work, described by George Will as “exemplary journalistic sleuthing,” has shed new light on our cultural touchstones. So does his new book, "The Family Roe," illuminating unknown stories and people behind Roe v. Wade, and enabling the public, for the first time, to see the abortion debate in America in its full social and personal context. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Prager has spoken at venues including TED and Google. He was a Nieman fellow at Harvard and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Hebrew University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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Awards: My book, The Family Roe, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Nat'l Book Critics Circle Award.


Scheduled events:
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
In this session, four well-known investigative journalists -- one of them moderator Mort Rosenblum -- will compare notes about their own stories and the persistence they needed to keep following the trail.

Koffler Room 216 (Seats 89, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Katherine Corcoran, Sari Horwitz, Joshua Prager
Moderator: Mort Rosenblum
The Politics of Reproduction
Of the many things Americans can find to argue about, reproductive rights may be the most deeply divisive. Today, three experts on the subject -- Becca Andrews, Dahlia Lithwick and Joshua Prager -- will explain the history of the pro-life and pro-choice movements ... and who is most effected by the the politics of reproductive rights.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Becca Andrews, Dahlia Lithwick, Joshua Prager
Moderator: Mary Chinwe Okoye
Spilling the Beans
Contemporary nonfiction requires mounds of research and getting sources to talk — often about the most personal of details. Over four years, Ted Conover learned about his neighbors living off the grid in rural Colorado. Joshua Prager interviewed the real people behind Roe V. Wade, including the daughter "Jane Roe" wanted to abort. Katherine Corcoran found people connected to a murdered Mexican journalist to ferret out a chilling story. What they learned and how they learned it will offer a glimpse of a writer's world.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ted Conover, Katherine Corcoran, Joshua Prager
Moderator: Michael Chihak

Books:
The Family Roe
An American Story
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
W W NORTON
January 2023
ISBN 9781324036074
672 pages

100 Years

National Geographic Books
May 2016
ISBN 9780393285703
208 pages