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Sept. 6, 2006

Zadie Smith Speaks At UI Lecture Series Sept. 12

Zadie Smith, author of the award-winning books "White Teeth" and "On Beauty," will speak 7:30 p.m., Sept. 12 at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City as part of the 2006-2007 UI Lecture Series.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass will talk with Smith at the presentation, which is sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee.

Smith also wrote "The Autograph Man" as well as the non-fiction book about writing, "Fail Better." The London-born Smith is of English and Jamaican ancestry and graduated from King's College, Cambridge.

Her acclaimed first novel, "White Teeth" (2000), is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the story of three ethnically diverse families. The book won a number of awards and prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book). "White Teeth" has been translated into over twenty languages and was adapted for British television for broadcast in 2002.

Her third novel, "On Beauty," was published in 2005, and won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Hass is currently a visiting faculty member in poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the UI. He served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995 to 1997, and published many books of poetry including "Field Guide" "Praise," "Human Wishes," and "Sun Under Wood", as well as a book of essays on poetry, "Twentieth Century Pleasures." Awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, twice the National Book Critics' Circle Award (in 1984 and 1997), and the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1973, Robert Hass is a professor of English at UC Berkeley.

Admission to the lecture, "An Evening with Zadie Smith: In Conversation with Robert Hass," is free and open to the public.

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