On Wednesday night, Zadie Smith, critically acclaimed novelist and essayist, spent the evening with Bryn Mawr’s first-year students as the Emily Balch Speaker.
Smith's novel, White Teeth, won the Orange Prize for Fiction and also was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Novels published since 1923. She has twice been included on Granta’s list of the 20 Best Young British Novelists.
Smith's visit was partially underwritten by the Roberta Holder Gellert Symposium Fund.
On her "Dispatches from Taylor Hall" blog, Bryn Mawr Interim President Kim Cassidy wrote of the event:
For me, and I hope for the many students and faculty who attended, the evening was the perfect combination of intellectual engagement, excitement (at meeting a famous author), and fun.