Short takes

On Oct. 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Purchase College will present “An Evening With Zadie Smith: A Lecture, Reading and Conversation.”

“From the start of her career, Zadie Smith has drawn comparisons to the giants of the British novel,” Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature at the college, says. “In ‘White Teeth,’ she sounded like a modern-day, multicultural Charles Dickens and in ‘NW​,’ she channels Virginia Woolf, rewriting the modernist novel for contemporary times. Her ability to reinvent her style is remarkable, as is the critical intelligence she displays in her essays.”

The event is free and takes place in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center on the campus, Anderson Hill Road between Purchase and King streets.

For more, visit http://news.purchase.edu/oct-7-an-evening-with-zadie-smith/ or call 914-251-6550.

But before we even get there, Macau comes to Manhattan in the form of a four-day fest (today, Oct. 1 through Monday, Oct. 4) at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. Dance, food, music and other family activities celebrate the culture of an island that was once a Portuguese colony but is now part of China.

For more, visit  http://visitmacauchina.com/grandcentral/.

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