An Evening with Zadie Smith

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 beginning Monday, July 26, at 10 a.m.


“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 TeethThe Autograph ManOn BeautyNW, 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

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Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


literary arts




Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative
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