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SOLD OUT - Zadie Smith and Jia Tolentino: The Strand @ The New School

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

This event is now sold out.

Join us at The New School's Tishman Auditorium (63 Fifth Avenue) for an evening celebrating the paperback release of Swing Time. Since her debut with White Teeth, Zadie Smith has dazzled readers with her kaleidoscopic, keenly observed tales of couples, families, friendships, and communities drawn together and riven by interpersonal and world-historical forces. With Swing Time, she traces the lives of two women from their youth as aspiring dancers through their diverging paths in London and around the world.

Zadie will be in conversation with Jia Tolentino, whose writing at the New Yorker runs from literature old and new to music, film, and elsewhere, for a conversation about Swing Time and a life on the page.

Zadie Smith is an English novelist, essayist, and short story writer. She 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. As of 2016, she has published five novels. In 2003, she was included on Granta's list of 20 best young authors, and was also included in the 2013 list. She joined New York University's Creative Writing Program as a tenured professor in 2010. Smith has won the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2006 and her novel White Teeth was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

Jia Tolentino is a contributing writer for Previously, she was the deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Times MagazineGrantlandthe AwlPitchforkThe FaderTime, and Slate.

This event is presented by The Strand Bookstore in partnership with The New School and the Creative Writing Program as part of the See Me After Class series.  

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Author Readings and Discussions


General Public


Writing and Literature, Intellectual Culture and Big Ideas


Schools of Public Engagement, School of Writing


Writing, Storytelling and Communication


$17 which includes a copy of "Swing Time."

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