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Zadie Smith to Appear at 826LA:

One of the world’s most acclaimed young writers, Zadie Smith, will read from her new book, On Beauty, and take questions from the audience at 826LA on Sunday, October 2.

On Beauty has been shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize. Smith’s first novel, White Teeth (2000), a portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the stories of three ethnically diverse families, won a number of awards and prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award.

Her second novel, The Autograph Man (2002), a story of loss, obsession and the nature of celebrity, won the 2003 Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Fiction.

Smith’s conversation with Ian McEwan will appear in the  upcoming Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers.  To be published in November, the book includes 22 other conversations between writers.

Smith’s books will be available for purchase at 826LA.

Admission to the 6 p.m. reading is $25. All proceeds benefit 826LA’s free student programming.

To reserve a place in the audience, email rsvp@826la.com or call (310) 305-8418.826LA is located in the SPARC Building, 685 Venice Boulevard in Venice. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write in the belief that “great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.”

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