The Fayetteville Literary Festival is fast approaching, with events scheduled Oct. 1-7 at the Fayetteville Public Library. The University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation announced this morning that the novelist and essayist Zadie Smith will appear at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. 

Smith is the author of several acclaimed novels, including “White Teeth,” “On Beauty,” and “NW.” “Zadie Smith is one of the most accomplished and exciting writers working today,” program director Davis McCombs said. “Her novels bristle with fresh voices and ideas. Her fiction and essays tackle tough topics, both social and personal. We’re extremely pleased to bring her to Fayetteville for the True Lit festival.”


“The Giver” author Lois Lowry will be a featured speaker as well, speaking at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. The festival also features workshops on creative writing, songwriting, graphic novels and magazine publishing. All events are free and open to the public.