RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 7pm, Music Building, $20
The Marjorie Hecht Watson Memorial Reading
A D I E M I T H
with Leonard Lopate
is the recipient of the Orange Prize for Fiction, and the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, and NW; the novella The Embassy of Cambodia, as well as the collection of essays Changing My Mind. The Washington Post has said: “Smith is a master at detail…a postmodern Charles Dickens… Rich storytelling and wicked wit… Brilliant.” The Los Angeles Times Book Review has said: “As good as she is with big ideas, Smith is even stronger at capturing family dynamics, the heartbreak of broken trust as well as the lovely connections between siblings. [Her work is]…accomplished, substantive and penetrating… It’s a thing of beauty indeed.” Michiko Kakutani, writing in The New York Times, has said: “Ms. Smith possesses a captivating authorial voice—at once authoritative and nonchalant, and capacious enough to accommodate high moral seriousness, laid-back humor and virtually everything in between—and…she uses that voice to enormous effect, giving us that rare thing: a novel that is as affecting as it is entertaining, as provocative as it is humane.” Bookforum has said of NW: “Smith’s fiction has never been this deadly, direct, or economical... NW is Zadie Smith’s riskiest, meanest, most political and deeply felt book—but it all feels so effortless. She dazzles.”
In addition to reading from her work, Ms. Smith will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
The Marjorie Hecht Watson Memorial Reading is the inaugural event in a series of readings that will be held every three or four years in memory of Marjorie Hecht Watson (B.A. 1964), who developed a lifelong passion for literature by attending literary readings here at the College.
After teaching English at the university level for ten years, Marjorie received a law degree and went on to a career at the National Labor Relations Board, where, as a supervisory attorney in the Division of Advice, she used her analytical and writing skills to insure uniform application of Federal labor law throughout the United States.
photo of Zadie Smith: Dominique Nabokov