English Department Writers Series: Zadie Smith
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room
Zadie Smith’s first two novels—White Teeth and The Autograph Man—were finalists for the Orange Prize before she received that award with her third book, On Beauty, in 2006. The child of a Jamaican mother and British father, Smith grew up in the working-class English suburb of Brent, and her fiction often focuses on the experience of non-Western immigrants in Western culture. London forms the backdrop for most of these works, including her most recent, NW, a New York Times notable book of 2012, but Smith’s writing ranges deftly across the globe, with On Beauty set principally in Boston. A stylistic chameleon, she seems comfortable in various modes, from comedy to minimalism to fractured postmodern narrative. Her literary achievements have twice won her recognition as one of Granta magazine's 20 Best Young Authors, and Time magazine listed White Teeth as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Smith presently splits her time between London and New York, where she teaches fiction at New York University. This event is free and open to the public.