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Authors, wife-and-husband team Zadie Smith and Nick Laird to read at the University of Chicago

Zadie Smith, the Kestnbaum Writer-in Residence at the University of Chicago, and her husband Nick Laird will both deliver readings and participate in question-and-answer sessions at the University of Chicago. Laird’s event will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 in Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th St. Smith’s reading is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 in Social Science 122, 1126 E. 59th St. Both events are free and open to the public.

British novelist Smith is the author of three books: “White Teeth,” “The Autograph Man” and “On Beauty.” “White Teeth,” now available in more than 20 languages, is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London told through the lives of three ethnically diverse families. The celebrated tale won several literary awards, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Smith’s second novel, “The Autograph Man,” a story of loss, obsession and the nature of celebrity, won the 2003 Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Fiction. In 2003, Granta magazine named Smith one of 20 Best of Young British Novelists. Her third novel, “On Beauty,” follows a clash between two radically different families, and was shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize. Smith is currently writing “Fail Better,” a non-fiction book about writing.

Laird is a lawyer, poet, novelist and critic from Northern Ireland. His essays, reviews and poems have appeared in various journals including the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the Times and the Daily Telegraph. His debut collection of poetry, “To A Fault,” and his first novel, “Utterly Monkey,” were published in 2005. “To A Fault” was shortlisted for the 2005 Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection.
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