Thursday, November 4th, 7pm CST
Sheldon Concert Hall
The author Craft Talk will be held on the following day, Friday, November 5, at 1:00 p.m.
Register for the 2021 Craft Talk with Zadie Smith
Left Bank Books will be at both events to sell Zadie Smith's books.
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- Beginning September 2, 2021, anyone aged 12 or older, attending a ticketed event at The Sheldon, will be asked to show proof of full vaccination* OR a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before time of entry into the event. Patrons should be prepared to show their vaccination card, or proof of negative COVID test, or a photo of their vaccination card or test results on their mobile devices, before entering The Sheldon. SELF-ADMINISTERED TESTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
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Novelist Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. She studied English Literature at Cambridge University before graduating in 1997. Zadie Smith writes regularly for The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. In 2017 she was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters and received the 2017 City College of New York’s Langston Hughes Medal. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of Creative Writing at New York University.
Her acclaimed first novel, "White Teeth," is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multi-cultural London, told through the stories of three ethnically diverse families.
In 2003 and 2013 Ms. Smith was named by Granta magazine as one of 20 "Best of Young British Novelists." "On Beauty" won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction and her novel "NW" was named as one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2012.
She has published three collections of essays, "Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays," "Feel Free" and "Intimations," which was chosen as one of Oprah's Best Books of 2020.
Zadie Smith’s collection of short stories, "Grand Union," was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
For the past 50 years, the Saint Louis University Library Associates has conferred the St. Louis Literary Award on the most important writers of our time and celebrate the contributions of literature in enriching our lives. The St. Louis Literary Award is known as one of the top literary prizes in the country.
The Saint Louis Literary Award recognizes a living writer with a substantial body of work that has enriched our literary heritage by deepening our insight into the human condition and by expanding the scope of our compassion. It is presented annually by the Saint Louis University Library Associates in support of their mission to enhance the collections, programs, and services of the Saint Louis University Libraries.
From 1967 until 1981, the award was known as the Messing Award in honor of Roswell and Wilma Messing, Jr., who provided the initial funding for the prize. The highlight of each year, at least since 1967, has been the selection of the recipient and the presentation of the St. Louis Literary Award to a distinguished figure in literature.