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LHF 2017 Celebrates Zadie Smith

Langston Hughes Festival

LHF 2017 Celebrates Zadie Smith

The Langston Hughes Festival and The City College of New York Honor Award-Winning Writer Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has twice been listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists. Her first novel, White Teeth, was the winner of The Whitbread First Novel Award, The Guardian First Book Award, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and The Commonwealth Writers' First Book Award. Her second novel, The Autograph Man, won The Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize. Zadie Smith's third novel, On Beauty, won the Orange Prize for Fiction, The Commonwealth Writers' Best Book Award (Eurasia Section) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her fourth novel, NW, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Women's Prize for Fiction. Her most recent novel, Swing Time, was published in November 2016 and has been shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. She published an essay collection, Changing My Mind, in 2009 and a second collection, Feel Free will be published in early 2018. Zadie Smith writes regularly for the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books and is a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University.

Please join us as we celebrate the legacy of Langston Hughes and Zadie Smith's original and essential work.



  • 12:30 pm - A Symposium on the work of Zadie Smith

Tracey L. Walters, Ph.D., Kaitlyn Greenidge, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Moderator Professor Vanessa K. Valdés, Ph.D.  and others discuss Smith's writing and impact on the literary landscape. GET FREE TICKETS!

  • 6:30 pm - Award Ceremony
    Please join us as we present Zadie Smith with the Langston Hughes Medal in the culminating event of the Langston Hughes Festival. The evening will include a reading by Zadie Smith, a conversation between the honoree and writer and City College Professor Emily Raboteau, award presentation by Jacqueline Woodson and a special musical guest. GET FREE TICKETS!