Tuesday, November 2 at 7:00pm
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
An Evening with Zadie Smith
The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation Distinguished Speakers Series
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the link below.
All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to have had a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of this event. Verification must be provided at the event check-in. Face masks will be required for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not actively consuming food or beverage. Additionally, all guests must complete the Trojan Check health screening on the day of their visit to campus. Trojan Check verification must be presented at the event check-in.
“Smith has an astonishing intellect. She writes sharp dialogue for every age and race—and she’s funny as hell.”—Newsweek
Zadie Smith is the award-winning author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and Swing Time, as well as collections of essays such as Changing My Mind and Feel Free. She was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002 and listed as one of Granta’s 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and 2013, and is a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother and graduated from Cambridge in 1997, Smith wrote a short and timely series of reflective essays, Intimations, during the early months of lockdown. “Smith does more than illuminate what we’re going through,” according to John Powers of NPR’s Fresh Air. “She teaches us how to be better at being human.”
At this special event, Smith will read from her recent work. A conversation with USC’s renowned writer-in-residence, Geoff Dyer, will follow.
Presented by the USC Department of English, USC Office of the Provost, and USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative with support from the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation.
Photo credit: Dominique Nabakov