• Swing Time

    by Zadie Smith
    Price $27.00
    Hardcover
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    Swing Time

Zadie Smith

reads from

Swing Time

in conversation with CHRISTOPHER LYDON

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
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This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
18
Friday
November 18, 2016
8:00 PM
(Doors at 6:30)

Location

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

SOLD OUT.
There will not be a standby line for this event.

Harvard Book Store welcomes ZADIE SMITH, the multi-award–winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty, and Radio Open Source's CHRISTOPHER LYDON for a discussion of Smith's latest book, Swing Time.

Please note updated signing guidelines for this event

  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of Swing Time only.
  • No memorabilia or books from home during the signing.
  • Due to time restrictions, no posed photos.

About Swing Time

Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from North-West London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.

Praise

"A keen, controlled novel about dance and blackness steps onto a stage of cultural land mines . . . Smith is dazzling in her specificity, evoking predicaments, worldviews, and personalities with a camera-vivid precision . . . Moving, funny, and grave, this novel parses race and global politics with Fred Astaire’s or Michael Jackson's grace." —Kirkus, starred review

"[A] powerful and complex novel . . . Rich and absorbing, especially when it highlights Smith's ever-brilliant perspective on pop culture." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Christopher Lydon
Christopher Lydon

Christopher Lydon

Christopher Lydon is the host of Radio Open Source. He covered politics for The New York Times from the Washington bureau in the 1970s. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH TV through the 1980s, and he co-founded and hosted The Connection on WBUR in the ’90s. He recorded the original podcast in 2003 with Dave Winer.

Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, Changing My Mind, and NW.

Photo credit: Dominique Nabokov

UPDATE: Tickets for this event are sold out. There will be not be a standby line for this event.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand called Crimson Corner. Turn right and proceed north along Mass. Ave. going toward the Cambridge Common. You will pass the Harvard Coop, Bank of America, and CVS. The First Parish Church is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Church St. Please enter through the front door of the church.

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