Bryn Mawr’s Emily Balch Speaker Series for first-year students is once again bringing a highly celebrated young author to campus. The 2013-14 speaker is Zadie Smith, whose latest book, NW, made the “best of 2012” lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time. NW was also nominated for a number of literary awards, including the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The National Book Critics Circle Award. In addition to the acclaim for NW, Smith was recently named to Granta magazine’s list of best young British novelists list for the second time.
Smith will be visiting campus on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Smith burst upon the literary scene in 1997 while still a student at Cambridge University, when a partial manuscript of her first novel White Teeth set off a bidding war among publishers. Published in 2000, the novel became a bestseller immediately and won numerous awards. It would go on to make Time’s list of “All-TIME 100 Novels.”
Other novels by Smith include 2002’s The Autograph Man and On Beauty (2005), which won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize. In 2009, Smith published Changing My Mind, a collection of previously published essays largely about writing and reading.
In addition to writing, Smith teaches in New York University’s Creative Writing Program.
The Emily Balch Speaker Series is linked to the Emily Balch Seminars, which are discussion-oriented, reading- and writing-intensive courses for first-year Bryn Mawr students. Taught by scholar/teachers of distinction within their fields and across academic disciplines, Balch Seminars challenge students to think about complex, wide-ranging issues from a variety of perspectives.