The Archive’s Blackburn Literary Festival: Zadie Smith — January 30, 2014

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Novelist Zadie Smith is the keynote speaker of the 2013 Blackburn Literary Festival, organized by the Archive, Duke’s oldest literary magazine. She will speak at 7 p.m. in Von der Heyden Pavilion at Duke University. She will be available to answer questions and sign books after the talk. Entry is free. Food and drinks will be provided.

Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. She read English at Cambridge, graduating in 1997.

The Washington Post calls her “Endlessly fascinating…remarkable…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.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer says “Zadie Smith is not merely of Britain’s finest young writers, but also one of the English-speaking world’s best chroniclers of race, class, and identity in urban confines. Smith remains fearless, and there are moments that astonish. Her ambition and talent continue to awe.”

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*About the Archive’s Blackburn Literary Festival
Established in 1959 by Professor William Blackburn, the Archive Literary Festival began as a series of student-run literary gatherings aimed at making literature more accessible to Duke students. Every year, the Festival brings nationally acclaimed authors to Duke University and hosts local writers and faculty members for public readings. The Festival serves as a forum for discussion and appreciation of different modalities of literary expression amongst Duke students and faculty and the local community.


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