Zadie Smith in conversation

Join bestselling and multi-award-winning author Zadie Smith for a live podcast recording of Literary Friction to discuss her first-ever short story collection, 'Grand Union'.

City Hall, Sheffield

Thursday 3rd October, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Signing
  • Talk


About the Event

Grand Union combines ten completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, Grand Union is an alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth. Join us for this exclusive event where Zadie will discuss the themes explored in her writing, as she returns time and time again to the legacies that haunt us and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.

Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time. She was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists under 40 in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple awards including the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Zadie is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University.

Zadie Smith will be in conversation with the hosts of the Literary Friction podcast, Carrie Plitt and Octavia Bright. Literary Friction is a monthly podcast about books and ideas.

Venue Information

City Hall
Barkers Pool
S1 2JA
United Kingdom
Phone: 0114 2 789 789

About the Book

Grand Union
Grand Union

Zadie Smith

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:3 Oct 2019


3.62 out of 5
16 reviews
"I would love to announce a return to form, but I can’t. A hit rate of one in three is not enough."
The Sunday Times
"For all Smith’s fluency and ease, you wouldn’t want to read more than one of these stories at a sitting — there’s a lot that asks to be unpacked"
Daily Mail
"Why has she waited all this time to write short? It’s the perfect form for someone with so many ideas and a playful streak"
Evening Standard
"The restlessness of spirit in Smith’s debut collection is both fascinating and frustrating"
The Guardian
"if you snap the lock on Grand Union you’ll find some tremendous comic writing and snappy dialogue,"
Literary Review
"Even when the subject matter is bleak, Smith is fun to read."
The Independent
"Smith’s playful short stories reference #MeToo and Brexit but are at their best when they delve beyond the anxieties of modern life."
New Statesman
"She’s got the moves. And she’s clever and learned in a hip way."
The Daily Telegraph
"shows that she can pack all the astute social commentary of her novels just as deftly into the short form"
The Spectator
"The stories veer from the poignant to the blandly middlebrow with occasionally clunky prose"
Irish Times

The first ever collection of stories from the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Swing Time and White Teeth. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, Grand Union is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.