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Zadie Smith

Photo by Don J. Usner

Zadie Smith’s four novels, including the acclaimed White Teeth, tackle race, marriage, class, assimilation, aesthetics, and human frailty, often with a wicked wit. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called her, “A preternaturally gifted new writer [with] a voice that’s street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time.”

Smith has also written a nonfiction book about writing, Fail Better, and a 2009 collection called Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays. A professor of Creative Writing at New York University, Smith’s novel NW was one of The New York Times’ ‘10 Best Books of 2012.’ Smith is currently working on a book of essays entitled Feel Free, to be published in 2016.