Acclaimed author Zadie Smith will read from recent works as part of the annual Krieger Lecture, April 5, 2017

Acclaimed author Zadie Smith will deliver the annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture at Vassar College.

The event, “An Evening with Zadie Smith” will feature Smith reading from recent works. She will also be interviewed by Vassar Professor of English Amitava Kumar. A question and answer session and book signing will follow. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 8:00pm, in the Villlard Room of Main Building, and it is free and open to the public.

Smith’s most recent work is the novel Swing Time, which Esquire called  “a sweeping meditation on art, race, and identity that may be Smith’s most ambitious work yet.” The author of six critically praised novels, Smith was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. In a 2004 BBC poll of cultural researchers, Smith was named among the top twenty most influential people in British culture.

Smith has won the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Her novel White Teeth was included in Time magazine's list of “100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.” A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, she is also a creative writing professor at New York University.

This annual lecture series is given in memory of a Vassar student, Alex Krieger, who was killed in an automobile accident during the spring of his freshman year. One of Krieger’s keenest interests was distinguished American writing that incorporates humor as a primary element. In consultation with his family, Vassar has invited outstanding American writers and humorists to deliver the annual speech, including Tom Wolfe, Wendy Wasserstein, John Irving, P. J. O’Rourke, Calvin Trillin, Jules Feiffer, Oliver Sacks, Tony Kushner, David Sedaris, Michael Chabon, Sarah Vowell, Gail Collins, Augusten Burroughs, Frank Rich, Ira Glass, Andy Borowitz, Mo Rocca, Gary Shteyngart, George Saunders and, most recently, Piper Kerman.

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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, January 16, 2017