Zadie Smith Is Your New Harper’s “New Books” Critic

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09/20/2010 5:14 PM |

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Since the great John Leonard died, the “New Books” column in Harper’s—two eclectically curated pages on, usually, four new books a month—has been written by Benjamin Moser, who’ll soon be relinquishing the gig to focus on writer fewer, longer pieces (particularly on the visual arts). In a pretty sweet coup for the magazine, your new New Books columnist is

Zadie Smith, perpetually buzzed-about zeitgeist novelist and international literary woman of glamor.

She’s also, one hastens to note, a hell of a well-read and astute critic of words and ideas, dig.