IFOA is delighted to host the 25th anniversary of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel, featuring MacArthur Foundation grant winner Aleksandar Hemon, PEN Open Book Award–winning author Caryl Phillips, Orange Prize for Fiction–winning novelist Zadie Smith and more.
This event is part of CBC@IFOA, a curated series featuring some of the public broadcaster’s top hosts in conversation with renowned and debut authors.
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Book of My Lives, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and three books of short stories, including Nowhere Man, also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Genius Grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Hemon presents his seriously funny roller-coaster ride of sex and violence, The Making of Zombie Wars, about an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago.
Caryl Phillips is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including Dancing in the Dark, Crossing the River and Color Me English. His novel A Distant Shore won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His other awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in New York. Phillips presents The Lost Child, in which he revisits Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights to tell a lyrical tale of orphans and outcasts, absence and hope.
Zadie Smith was born in northwest London in 1975. She is a novelist, essayist and short story writer. Her first novel, White Teeth, was the winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ First Book Prize. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She presents her most recent work, NW. Set in northwest London, this brilliant tragicomic novel follows four locals—Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan—as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood.