2019 Infinity Award: Critical Writing and Research—Zadie Smith, “Deana Lawson’s Kingdom of Restored Glory” for the New Yorker

Recipient
Zadie Smith © Dominique Nabokov
© Dominique Nabokov

Zadie Smith’s first novel, White Teeth, was the winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers’ First Book Award. Her second, The Autograph Man, won the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize. Smith’s third novel, On Beauty, won the Orange Prize for Fiction, a Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her fourth novel, NW, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her most recent novel, Swing Time, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and longlisted for the Man Booker 2017. Her first essay collection, Changing My Mind, was published in 2009 and her second, Feel Free, in 2018. Smith is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has twice been listed as one of Granta’s 20 Best Young British Novelists. She writes regularly for the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books and is a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University.