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College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture With Zadie Smith

Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM (EDT)

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A Conversation with Zadie Smith

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that award-winning novelist Zadie Smith will deliver the sixth annual Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture. Smith will discuss the development of her career, read a selection of her work, and participate in a Q&A session, followed by a book signing. Have a question for Smith? You'll have a chance to enter it on the ticket submission form.

About Zadie Smith

Novelist, essayist and cultural critic Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. She studied English at Kings College, Cambridge, where she began working on her acclaimed first novel, “White Teeth” — one of TIME magazine’s “100 Best English-Language Novels Since 1923” (the year TIME was first published).


“White Teeth” (2000), is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the stories of three ethnically diverse families. The book won a number of awards and prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book), and two BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Awards (Best Book/Novel and Best Female Media Newcomer). It was also shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Author’s Club First Novel Award.
 
“White Teeth” has been translated into over 20 languages and was adapted for television in 2002. Smith’s “The Autograph Man” (2002), a story of loss, obsession and the nature of celebrity, won the 2003 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction. Her novel “On Beauty” won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction, and her most recent novel “NW” was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and was named as one of The New York Times “10 Best Books of 2012.” In 2003 and 2013, Smith was named by Granta magazine as one of 20 “Best of Young British Novelists.”
 
Smith writes regularly for The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. She published one collection of essays, “Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays” (2009), and is working on a book of essays entitled “Feel Free.” Smith is currently a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University.
 

About the Distinguished Lecture

The College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Drexel’s Mandell Theater on May 5, 2016. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and will be available on March 21, 2016.

Smith will join acclaimed author Sir Salman Rushdie, media maven Arianna Huffington, neuroscientist David Eagleman, religion scholar and author Reza Aslan, and designer and urban planner Candy Chang on the growing list of accomplished CoAS distinguished lecturers.

Parking

Visitors can park at the Drexel Parking Garage (Lot G) by using the self-serve pay-by-space system. Pay in the lobby at the kiosk just after parking your vehicle by entering the parking space number and selecting from the kiosk's menu prompts. An evening rate is available from 4 – 10 p.m. for $8. View Parking Garage location and map. Street parking is also available.

Please direct any inquiries to Jennifer Yusin, PhD, at jyusin@drexel.edu.

Have questions about College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture With Zadie Smith? Contact Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

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