Reading by Author Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother and graduated from Cambridge in 1997. Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth, is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London. The book won many awards, including the Guardian First Book award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and two awards from the Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy. Since her debut novel, Smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. Just released in February, her collection of essays, Feel Free, offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as her own life. Smith is a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University.
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