A Distinguished Visiting Writer of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Zadie Smith was also a part of the Institute for Humanities Research’s Distinguished Lecturer Series.
The Piper Center featured a Q&A session earlier that day that was attended by students from a variety of departments on ASU campus. Students were given a chance to have an intimate conversation with Smith and ask her their best questions about writing, teaching, race, and identity.
At the Tempe Center for the Arts later that evening, people came from all over the valley to hear a special reading of an unpublished story by Smith. Smith was then interviewed on stage by Sally Kitch, ASU Regents Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Humanities Research, and by Edward Mallot, Associate Professor of English. Taking questions from the audience, Smith talked about her novels from White Teeth to NW and gave us a teaser of her newest novel, Swing Time, due to come out soon.
A big thank you for all of you who could join us for this incredibly special event! We hope to see you again at the rest of this year’s Piper Center events!
Zadie Smith, a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University, has been recognized for her vibrant insights into contemporary multicultural life from the start. She received numerous awards for her first novel, White Teeth (2000) including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Guardian’s First Book Award. The novel would later be adapted for a television broadcast in 2002.
Her success with White Teeth was followed with short stories and novels, such as The Autograph Man (2002) and On Beauty (2005), both of which have gone on to receive a number of awards, including the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction for the latter. Her most recent novel, NW (2012), was named as one of the New York Times’ ’10 Best Books of 2012’. Smith’s upcoming collection of essays, Feel Free, will be published next year.