Portland Arts & Lectures
Zadie Smith: Portland Arts & Lectures 2023/24
$110–$430 (Five part series)
This event is part of our 39th season of Portland Arts & Lectures. A series subscription must be purchased to attend this event.
All lectures will be held in person at The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland, OR.
For more information on the season, please see our FAQs or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zadie Smith is a critically acclaimed fiction writer, essayist, and playwright, whose work includes the novel White Teeth, winner of the Guardian First Book Prize, and On Beauty, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction. She was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002 and has twice been named a Granta 20 Best Young British Novelist. Her sixth novel, The Fraud, will publish in September 2023. She is a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University and lives in London.
For Swing Time:
“For its plot alone, Swing Time makes for truly marvelous reading . . . Cinematic as it is, the novel does what only literature can and what only great literature will: forces us to assess the very vocabulary with which we speak of human experience.” –The Guardian
“NW represents a deliberate undoing; an unpacking of Smith’s abundant narrative gifts to find a deeper truth, audacious and painful as that truth may be.” -Anne Enright, The New York Times
“The title is the only thing abbreviated about NW. Everything else is luxuriously spun out, pulled and examined from various angles by an author who, like London, seems to have a camera on every street corner . . . The impression of Smith’s casual brilliance is what constantly surprises, the way she tosses off insights about parenting and work that you’ve felt in some nebulous way but never been able to articulate.” -Ron Charles, The Washington Post