Why Write

Novelist Zadie Smith’s award-winning first novel, “White Teeth” (2000), is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the story of three ethnically diverse families. Her tenure as Writer in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts resulted in the publication of an anthology of erotic stories entitled “Piece of Flesh” (2001). She wrote the introduction for “The Burned Children of America” (2003), a collection of 18 short stories by a new generation of young American writers. Smith’s 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. In 2003, Smith was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelists.’ Her third novel, “On Beauty” (2005) won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. She has also written “Fail Better” (2006), a nonfiction book about writing. Smith is currently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. Her most recent book is “Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays” (2009).