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Tag Archives: 2006

Zadie Smith On Balancing Motherhood And A Writing Career

Anne-Marie Slaughter's "Why Women Can't Have It All" article has re-ignited the conversation about working mothers and their quest to obtain balance in all areas of their lives. Some argue that Slaughter's perspective (as a former State Department employee turned tenured Princeton professor) reeks of privilege, while others simply admit that she makes valid points about the difficulty of proving yourself both on the job and in your home.  The Wall Street Journal caught up with 2006 Anisfield-Wolf winner Zadie Smith at the Book Expo and talked to her a bit about how she sees her career these days, as she has a two-and-a-half year old daughter and an upcoming book to promote. How does she balance the two?  Smith said:  It’s not always easy but I think one way you can make it... Read More →

New On The Bookshelf: Jill Lepore’s The Mansion of Happiness

Our "New On The Bookshelf" series highlights new works from past Anisfield-Wolf authors.  It's a question many of us don't like to think about that often: What happens when we die? But 2006 nonfiction winner Jill Lepore's new book takes it a step further, analyzing our role in creating life—and death. In her new book, The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death, Lepore takes what could be an austere topic and infuses it with lots of surprises along the way. Lepore's book couldn't be more timely, particularly in today's political climate, where debates over health care, birth control and abortion often take center stage.  In an interview with Newsday, Lepore discusses why this type of book is important:  There's been a massive change in our orientation from looking... Read More →

Anisfield-Wolf Authors Hit The Stage At Book Expo 2012

Junot DíazSome of our very own Anisfield-Wolf winners will be in attendance at the 2012 Book Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, June 5-7. The Book Expo is one of the largest events in the literary field, with authors, librarians, editors, and other industry professionals in attendance each year. Among the authors will be 2008 winner Junot Diaz and 2006 winner Zadie Smith. Click here for ticket information. Junot Diaz Tuesday, June 5Adult Book & Author Breakfast8:00 am – 9:30 am Special Events Hall   Zadie Smith  Thursday, June 7Adult Book & Author Breakfast8:00 am – 9:30 amSpecial Events Hall   Read More →

Will Zadie Smith’s New Novel Live Up To Her Previous Works?

In the music industry, there is always a collective sigh of relief when an artist releases a work after an absence—and the work is as good as (or better than) their previous efforts. Same is true for authors. Zadie Smith has not released a novel since 2005's On Beauty and the literary world has been waiting for her return. In March it was announced that her fourth novel, titled NW, would be released in September. We dug around for a description and found what sounds like a great book:  From BlackBook:  "Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up here, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years... Read More →

Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules For Writers (Take #7 To Heart!)

We enjoy a good list just as much as the next person, and even more so when it comes to advice for writers. We're an interesting bunch, full of quirks and idiosyncrasies, and doubts and fears and ambition. We devour information and try to spit out prose. So when we came across this bunch of tips from Zadie Smith, we decided that yes, we needed to share it with you.  From The Guardian:  When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else. When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would. Don't romanticise your "vocation". You can either write good sentences or you can't. There is no "writer's lifestyle". All that matters is what you leave on the page. Avoid your weaknesses. But... Read More →

Get to Know…Zadie Smith

Each week, we’ll be helping you to get to know our winners better (what a great bunch they are) and highlighting the best of their work, interviews and essays. This week we'll be sharing the best of Zadie Smith with you, our 2006 winner for fiction.  We celebrated Zadie Smith's work in 2006 after the release of her third book, On Beauty. A powerful story about cultural differences and conservative values, On Beauty has also won the Orange Prize for Fiction. In the video below, Smith reads a section of her novel during the PEN World Voices Festival.   Read More →

VIDEO: Are We Less Civil Than Any Other Period In American History?

Jill Lepore doesn't think so. As part of a series of discussions sponsored by the Center for Civil Discourse at the University of Massachusetts, the 2006 Anisfield-Wolf winner shares her thoughts on whether our society is more or less civil than any other period in society. Read More →

New Books From Junot Diaz, Toni Morrison, and Zadie Smith

Junot Díaz Junot Diaz's short story collection This Is How You Lose Her will be published in September. It's Diaz's first book since his 2007 debut novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which, in addition to the 2008 Anisfield-Wolf award for fiction, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award. {New York Times} It hasn't been officially confirmed but the rumor mill is buzzing that Zadie Smith's latest book will be released in September. No doubt fans of White Teeth and On Beauty are waiting anxiously. {Sarah Weinman} Toni Morrison's 10th novel, Home, will be released May 8. It follows an African American Korean war veteran who returns to his Georgia community a changed man. {L.A. Times} Read More →
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