Marymount Students, Faculty, and Staff attend Zadie Smith talk at the Arlington Public Library

“You will have to take liberties, you will have to feel free to write as you like, even if it is irresponsible.” ”

— Zadie Smith

On the evening of Thursday, October 4, Marymount’s department of Literature & Languages sponsored an outing to hear award-winning British novelist Zadie Smith speak at the Arlington Public Library. A powerful, generous storyteller, Zadie Smith spoke about the act of writing, the concepts of race and racial identity, the many contexts that influence her work, and the value of libraries as some of the only truly free and freely-accessible public spaces left to us. Two students, two faculty members, three staff members, and a prospective graduate student met up at the central branch of the library to hear Smith in conversation with Library Director Diane Kresh, and many stayed late to have books signed by the author. Feel Free, her most recent book, is a collection of essays on a variety of current cultural and political topics. Learn more about the author here.