Author Zadie Smith to speak at CWRU

11th Writers Center Stage conference now held in Tinkham Veale

Jessica Yang, Staff Reporter

The 11th Writers Center Stage is coming back to Cleveland for another season, however, unlike previous years, the lectures will be held on the Case Western Reserve University campus, in Tinkham Veale University Center. The Writer’s Center Stage series serves to bring writers of world renown, such as Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”), Khaled Hosseini (“The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns”) and Zadie Smith (“NW”) to Cleveland.

Kicking off the lecture series on Sept. 30 is Zadie Smith, a British writer best known for her works that tackle complicated issues such as race and class. Her novels include “White Teeth,” which won the Guardian First Book Award and “On Beauty,” which won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, “NW,” follows four characters who grew up in an impoverished part of northwest London. Like Smith’s previous novels, “NW” tackles social issues as well as philosophical ideas, however it’s more of an unpacking of Smith’s ideas in a raw and powerful way.

Writers Center Stage aims to have writers share their experiences, perspectives and thoughts on writing, especially the subjects and the themes that are addressed in the work. At the Zadie Smith event on Tuesday, Sept. 30, she will deliver a lecture about her work and process, have a Q&A session and end with a book signing.

There is a limited number of tickets available to CWRU students and tickets are available at the Student Affairs office in Adelbert. For more information about the 2014-2015 Writers Center Stage writeup, visit their website.