The novels and essays of the acclaimed British author Zadie Smith enjoy an international following, yet their universality stems from very specific concerns: race, identity and, of course, Willesden Green, the north-west London neighborhood where the writer grew up. This neighborhood is one of the principle characters in her marvelous novel NW. Join us to hear this unique artist read from her work and discuss the relationship between her private passions and the global themes of her writing.
Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975 and divides her time between London and New York. Her first novel, WHITE TEETH, was the winner of The Whitbread First Novel Award, The Guardian First Book Award, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and The Commonwealth Writers’ First Book Award. Her second novel, THE AUTOGRAPH MAN, won The Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize. Zadie Smith’s third novel, ON BEAUTY, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won The Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book Award (Eurasia Section), and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent novel, NW, was published in 2012 and has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Women's Prize for Fiction.