Zadie Smith follows her moral compass to the intersection of desperation and privilege in 'NW'
Award-winning actress and author of a new book titled The Art of Men due out in November, 2012, Kirstie Alley, hosting an author breakfast for over 1,000 booksellers and publishers at the 2012 BookExpo America publishing trade convention, introduced widely acclaimed British author Zadie Smith, winner of the prestigious 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Smith began by recalling her 'rude' attempt to introduce herself and her first novel, the international bestseller White Teeth, to unsuspecting British booksellers twelve years earlier as an 'introverted extrovert.' Calling herself a reader first and writer second, Smith reflected on the powerful influence the works of Virginia Woolf have had on shaping her own life and work before exploring the inspirations and themes of her fourth novel NW (Penguin Press; September, 2012), which takes place in NW London, where privilege and desperation intersect and class and race clash. Smith wrapped her appearance with the voices that come to her seemingly from nowhere which become grist for what she calls 'writer's magic.'
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