April 30, 2006
Zadie Smith's novels explore the territory shared by what are normally considered separate worlds: the personal and political, the academy and the "street," and the intersection of the increasingly multicultural societies of both England and America. She will discuss her work with novelist and commentator Kurt Andersen.
This event is co-sponsored by PEN American Center in association with PEN World Voices, The New York Festival of International Literature.
About Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975. Her first novel, White Teeth, won the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Smith's other works include The Autograph Man and On Beauty.
About Kurt Andersen
Kurt Andersen is the author of several books, including the novel Turn of the Century. His second novel, Wonderstruck, will be published early next year. He is the host of Studio 360, the Peabody Award-winning public radio program about culture, and writes a column for New York magazine. He co-founded Spy magazine and Inside.com, and served as editor-in-chief of New York. He was previously a columnist for The New Yorker and the architecture and design critic for Time.