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Highly acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith comes to Los Angeles to discuss her historical novel, The Fraud, based on real events involving the “Tichborne Trial,” one of the longest and most controversial trials in England during the Victorian Age. Looking at Jamaica and Britain, truth and fiction, and fraudulence and authenticity, Smith mines with great precision the intricacies and inequities of a trial that divided a country.

Smith will be in conversation with renowned writer, editor, and book critic David Ulin.


Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and Swing Time; a novella, The Embassy of Cambodia; three collections of essays, Changing My Mind, Feel Free, and Intimations; a collection of short stories, Grand Union; and the play, The Wife of Willesden, adapted from Chaucer. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People. Zadie Smith was born in northwest London, where she still lives. 

David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin is the author or editor of nearly twenty books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. He is the books editor of Alta Journal and a professor of English at the University of Southern California, where he edits the literary magazine Air/Light.

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