Zadie Smith, award-winning novelist and essayist has been chosen to speak at Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series on May 5th. Every year the College of Arts and Sciences invites a speaker who is distinguished in their field. Past speakers include: Sir Salmon Rushdie, Arianna Huffington, and David Eagerman. This is an exciting opportunity to listen to Smith discuss her career, read a passage from her work, and answer audience questions.
Smith’s writing was influenced by her upbringing in North London with a Jamaican mother and English father. She eventually graduated from King’s College, Cambridge and is now a faculty member at New York University’s English department.
Her novel White Teeth was included in Time 100’s Best English-language novels from 1923-2013; the novel focuses heavily on race and class relations. Smith’s writing is unique in its vivid descriptions and use of humor—she has a talent for crafting words that is impossible to duplicate. In addition to White Teeth, Smith wrote three other novels (The Autograph Man, On Beauty and NW), with a fourth called Swing Time announced this year.
Smith is also a brilliant essayist; her writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Daily News, focusing on life, literature, and cultural critique. Some of her essays are published in the book Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays. Smith has won awards for her novels including the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel On Beauty, and the Guardian First Book Award for White Teeth.
Tickets are available online for the event on May 5th at 6:30pm in Drexel University’s Mandell theater. There will be a Q&A session after Smith’s lecture; students will have the unique opportunity to ask Smith a question on the online ticket form. For more information about the event, visit Drexel’s website.