Tonight, feel like a part of the literati by rubbing elbows with two lit-world superstars when Zadie Smith, author of the bestsellers White Teeth and On Beauty and recently tenured professor of fiction at NYU, discusses the craft of writing with Nathan Englander (The Ministry of Special Cases), who’s currently writing a play based on his short story “The Twenty-Seventh Man.” The discussion and reception is a benefit for Matawi’s Dadaab Young Women’s Scholarship Initiative, founded to increase access to educational opportunities for refugee young women and girls on the Kenya/Somalia border.

Thu., Dec. 2, 8 p.m., 2010