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Writers’ Reel: How Zadie Smith Returned to the Wonder of Storytelling

Zadie Smith (author of N-W  and White Teeth, among others) was recently awarded the 2014 Moth Award for storytelling. In her acceptance speech, Smith describes how she returned to storytelling after becoming a mother. She shares a personal memory from her childhood that illuminates her relationship with the art.

“Storytelling is a magical, ruthless discipline and the people who tell stories are often tempted to create a type of hierarchy in their lives in which stories come before everything else, including people.”