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Teju Cole (Credit: Stephanie Mitchell) and Zadie Smith (Credit: TIME).

Tickets are currently on sale for a masterclass with the award-winning writers Teju Cole and Zadie Smith. Themed “On Writing,” it is part of a series of events for the 20th The New Yorker Festival, a landmark event every October which “brings together the biggest names in news, politics, books, film, music, art, and popular culture for three days of events—from panels and live performances to intimate discussions and exclusive screenings.” The 2017 festival featured Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Trevor Noah in conversation with The New Yorker editor David Remnick.

Teju Cole is the author of the novel Open City, the novella Every Day Is for the Thief, the essay collection Known and Strange Things, and the text and images book Blind Spot. A photographer, critic, and curator, his honors include the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Windham Campbell Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His photography has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, and from 2015 to 2019 he wrote The New York Times Magazine column “On Photography,” which was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. Born in the U.S. and raised in Lagos, Cole is currently the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard University.

Zadie Smith’s books include the acclaimed novels White Teeth (recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award), On Beauty (winner of the Orange Prize and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize), NW (shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction), and Swing Time, and the essay collections Changing My Mind and Feel Free. Her short story collection Grand Union is slated for release this autumn. She is a professor of fiction at New York University.

Here are the event details:

Date: Sunday, 13 October 2019.

Venue: Directors Guild Theatre.

Time: 4:30 PM.

Go here for more information. 

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. An alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his work has been published in McSweeneys, Clarion Review, Charles River Journal and elsewhere. He was longlisted for the Awele Creative Trust Award in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award. In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as 'One of the Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction' in a feature introduced by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is a regular contributor with the New England Review of Books and lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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