Zadie Smith is Zadie Smith. If you don't know much about her, where have you been? She's appeared at Book Slam a few times. Her novel 'On Beauty' is one of our top five of the last decade or so. Her new novel is called 'NW' and is published in September. We couldn't be more excited. We describe Zadie as our friend in that unappealing way we have of presuming intimacy with writers we admire.