Zadie Smith + Yaa Gyasi | PEN Out Loud

Bestselling author Zadie Smith joins PEN Out Loud live and in-person to discuss her new novel, The Fraud. Based on real historical events, The Fraud is a dazzling novel about truth and fiction, Jamaica and Britain, fraudulence and authenticity, and the mystery of “other people.” She will be joined in conversation with bestselling author of Homegoing and Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi.  

This is a ticketed event. All tickets include a signed copy of THE FRAUD. Books will be available to pick up at the event.


Presented in collaboration with Barnes & Noble Union Square and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.


ASL interpretive services are provided by All Hands in Motion.



Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time; as well as 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 north-west London, where she still lives.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her debut novel, Homegoing, won her the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction, the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” honors for 2016, and the American Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn.


The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a distinguished private college of architecture, art, and engineering founded in 1859 by inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist Peter Cooper. From its beginnings, Cooper has been dedicated to accessible, affordable education for all and is currently pursuing a 10-year plan to return to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduates. For more information, visit