Zadie Smith in Conversation

with Jael Richardson

Zadie Smith in Conversation


(price does not include service charge)

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Thursday, February 28
7:30 pm
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
2750 Granville Street


Presented in partnership with UBC Creative Writing and Tourism Vancouver.

Upon the publication of her debut novel, White Teeth, in 2000, Zadie Smith quickly became literary royalty—as cutting edge as she is decorated; as observational as she is prolific. Now, as one of the most beloved authors of her generation, she visits Vancouver to discuss her work to date, including a recent collection of essays, Feel Free.

As her publisher explains, “Equally at home in the world of good books and bad politics, Brooklyn-born rappers and the work of Swiss novelists, she is by turns wry, heartfelt, indignant, and incisive–and never any less than perfect company.”

Join Zadie Smith in conversation with Jael Richardson, author, broadcaster and Director of The Festival of Literary Diversity.  This is a must-see evening not only for fans of Smith, but also for anyone with a taste for literary journalism and rewarding cultural dialogue.

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Zadie Smith in Conversation

Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White TeethThe Autograph ManOn BeautyNW and Swing Time, as well as a novella, The Embassy of Cambodia, and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta’s 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple literary awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Zadie Smith in Conversation

Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower was adapted into a children’s book in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Canadian picture book award. Richardson is a book columnist and guest host on CBC’s q. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and lives in Brampton, Ontario where she founded and serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Her debut novel, Gutter Child, is coming Fall 2020 with HarperCollins Canada.