We’re pleased to announce we’ve teamed up with BookPeople to welcome Zadie Smith, bestselling author of ON BEAUTY and WHITE TEETH, to Central Presbyterian Church in Austin to discuss her highly acclaimed new novel, SWING TIME, on Thursday, January 12th at 7:00PM.
Tickets are now available and include a copy of SWING TIME.
VIP tickets come with a 2016 Texas Book Festival tote bag!
In this new novel, Smith explores culture and identity through the relationship of two childhood friends, both of whom want to be dancers, as they grow up and confront life in all of its complications and contradictions. Critics and readers are raving:
“The women of Swing Time are case studies in the different ways people hunt for an identity.” – NPR, Annalisa Quinn
“This is a story at once intimate and global, as much about childhood friendship as international aid, as fascinated by the fate of an unemployed single mother as it is by the omnipotence of a world-class singer…Smith’s attention to the grace notes of friendship is as precise as ever…’Swing Time’ uses its extraordinary breadth and its syncopated structure to turn the issues of race and class in every direction…We finally have a big social novel nimble enough to keep all its diverse parts moving gracefully toward a vision of what really matters in this life when the music stops.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post
“A dance itself, syncopated, unexpected, and vital…Swing Time may not parse easily and fits no mold, but it is uncommonly full of life.” —Claire Messud, The New York Review of Books
“A multilayered tour-de-force…Smith burnishes her place in the literary firmament with her fifth novel…The work is so absorbing that a reader might flip it open randomly and be immediately caught up. Its precision is thrilling even as it grows into a book-length meditation on cultural appropriation, played out on a celebrity-besotted global stage…Smith’s novels are set in motion by character, complex portraits that are revelatory of race and class.”—Karen Long, Los Angeles Times
“Smith’s most affecting novel in a decade, one that brings a piercing focus to her favorite theme: the struggle to weave disparate threads of experience into a coherent story of a self.”—Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker
“Every once in a while, a novel reminds us of why we still need them. Building upon the promise of White Teeth, written almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith’s Swing Time boldly reimagines the classically English preoccupation with class and status for a new era—in which race, gender, and the strange distortions of contemporary celebrity meet on a global stage…No detail feels extraneous, least of all the book’s resonant motif, the sankofa bird, with its backward-arching neck—suggestive less of a dancer than of an author, looking to her origins to understand the path ahead.” —Megan O’Grady, Vogue
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of today’s most talented, exciting writers discuss her work!