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Acclaimed Author Zadie Smith Speaks At Purchase College In Harrison

Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith Photo Credit: Dominique Nabokov

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Purchase College-SUNY will be hosting "An Evening with Zadie Smith: A Lecture, Reading and Conversation" from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 7. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase. 

Born in London, Smith is the acclaimed author of four novels as well as numerous essays and reviews. 

Presented by the Purchase College School of Humanities, the event is part of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings preeminent writers to the Westchester community. 

“We're lucky to welcome the award-winning author Zadie Smith to Purchase College,” said Louise Yelin, professor of literature. “Beginning with her first novel and continuing through her most recent book, Smith has been taking the cultural temperature of our contemporary moment."

"Best-known as a fiction writer, Smith is also a distinguished essayist and reviewer whose work demonstrates for us and our students that criticism and creativity are close kin," she said.

Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature at Purchase College, said, “From the start of her career, Zadie Smith has drawn comparisons to the giants of the British novel. In "White Teeth," she sounded like a modern-day, multicultural Charles Dickens—and in "NW​," she channels Virginia Woolf, rewriting the modernist novel for contemporary times. Her ability to reinvent her style is remarkable, as is the critical intelligence she displays in her essays.” 

For more information on the event, click here or call 914-251-6550. 

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