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Zadie Smith On New Novel, NW: “I Feel That This Book Is The First Book I’ve Really Written As An Adult”

When Zadie Smith comes out with a new novel after a multiyear hiatus, it's news. Not just to the literary junkies who have devoured her earlier works, On Beauty, The Autograph Man, and White Teeth, but to folks who want to see if the "Zadie mania" is worth the hype.  And indeed it is. Her latest novel, NW, has received positive reviews from critics and casual readers alike.  She's been hitting the promotion trail hard to get this book to the top of the bestseller lists and a recent profile in Interview magazine (along with a stunning photo of Ms. Smith) caught our eye. In it, she discusses the pressure of writing novels when your first (as a 22-year-old) is a smash success. If I'm honest with you, I feel that this book is the first book that I've really written as an adult," she... Read More →

VIDEO: Zadie Smith Reads The Opening Lines Of Her Latest Book, “NW”

Have we worn you down? Has our incessant posting about Zadie Smith's latest novel sparked just enough curiosity for you to at least pick up the book next week and read a few pages in the bookstore? You could do that, or you could watch the video above and hear Zadie Smith read it for you.    Read More →

Read The First Two Chapters Of Zadie Smith’s Latest Novel, NW, Before It Hits Stores

Penguin Press, Zadie Smith's publisher, is offering readers a sneak peek at her latest novel over on its Facebook page. We're not sure how long it will be available, so if you're interested, go read it today!  The reviews for NW are already trickling in and we really like this write-up from the Washington Post, even if it's not the typical glowing four-star review:  The Washington Post's Ron Charles writes: "You either submit to Smith’s eclectic style or you set this book aside in frustration. At times, reading “NW” is like running past a fence, catching only strips of light from the scene on the other side. Smith makes no accommodation for the distracted reader — or even the reader who demands a clear itinerary. But if you’re willing to let it work on you, to hear all... Read More →

One Quote Explains Why We Love Zadie Smith

The press keeps coming for Zadie Smith, as her latest book, NW, will be hitting bookshelves in September. An excerpt from her latest book appeared in The New Yorker recently and Smith gave an open and honest interview about her writing process and her desire to have characters that are diverse. But there was one quote in particular that made us pause: Every time I write a sentence I’m thinking not only of the people I ended up in college with but my siblings, my family, my school friends, the people from my neighborhood. I’ve come to realize that this is an advantage, really: it keeps you on your toes. And it seems clear to me that these little varietals of voice and lifestyle (bad word, but I can’t think of another) are fundamentally significant. They’re not just decoration... Read More →

Huffington Post Reveals 50 Books Every African American Should Read – How Many AW Winners Made The List?

Gwendolyn BrooksHuffington Post's Black Voices rounded up 50 books the editors think every African American should read (they added on Twitter that of course the list has value to everyone, but these books focus primarily on the black experience in America). We were thrilled to see how many Anisfield-Wolf winners were on the list, proving to us once again that our winners stand out in the crowded literary field.  Gwendolyn Brooks "Annie Allen" (1949) Edwidge Danticat "Breath, Eyes, Memory" (1999) Chimamanda Adichie "Half Of A Yellow Sun" (2008) Ralph Ellison "Invisible Man" (1952) Edward P. Jones "The Known World" (2003)  Alex Haley "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" (1987) Toni Morrison "Song of Solomon" (1977), "Sula" (1973) and "The Bluest Eye" (1970) Langston... Read More →

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 →

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 →
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