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Author Talk with Zadie Smith

November 30, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Zadie Smith presents her “ambitious, exuberant new novel” Swing Time. She will be joined in conversation by Vu Tran. Co-hosted by Alex Houston of the Seminary Co-op.

About the book: An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North-West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of “White Teeth” and “On Beauty
“Two brown girls dream of being dancers–but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either…
Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, “Swing Time” is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from North-West London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.

About the author: Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, Changing My Mind, and NW.

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Presented in partnership with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, the University of Chicago Committee on Creative Writing, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.


November 30, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


DuSable Museum of African American History


DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Pl
Chicago, IL 60637 United States

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