Zadie Smith to speak at Purdue Literary Awards

April 1, 2014  

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zadie Smith, author of "On Beauty" and "White Teeth," will read and speak at Purdue University on April 17 for the 2014 Literary Awards.

Her reading, which is free and open to the public, is 8 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Smith, a British novelist and short-story writer, also is the author of "The Autograph Man" and "NW." A question and answer session will follow her reading.

Smith also will speak on the creative process of writing at the Literary Awards Banquet at 5:30 p.m. in Purdue Memorial Union's North Ballroom. The banquet honors Indiana high school students and Purdue graduate and undergraduate students with more than 80 awards and $11,000 in prize money. Banquet tickets are $17 for students and $25 for adults and can be purchased through April 11 in Heavilon Hall, Room 324, or by directing inquires to the Purdue English department at Tickets include a pre-dinner reception, dinner, awards ceremony and reserved seating for Smith's reading in Fowler Hall. The pre-dinner reception is 4:30-5:15 p.m. in Purdue Memorial Union's Anniversary Drawing Room.

These events are sponsored by the Department of English and Purdue University Libraries.

Smith, who is a professor in the New York University Creative Writing Program, has received numerous honors including her election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002 and being named one of Granta magazine's "Best Young British Novelists" in 2003 and 2013.

Her first book, "White Teeth," received the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Award. Her third novel, "On Beauty," was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers' Best Book Award for the Eurasia Section and the Orange Prize for Fiction. In 2012, her most recent novel, "NW," was named one of the "Best 5 Novels of the Year" by the New York Times.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723,

Source: Nancy Peterson, professor and head of the Department of English, 765-494-6478,

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