Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

Distinguished Thinkers at the Newhouse Center


Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 6:30pm
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Green Room (205), Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201)

Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time—of any time—and has influenced a generation of writers. Rushdie's 12 novels include The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet and The Enchantress of Florence, as well as two children's books. He is also the author of bestselling memoir Joseph Anton. For his masterwork of magic realism, Midnight's Children, he won the prestigious Man Booker Prize, and was later selected by public vote as the winner Best of the Booker to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the award. 

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007, and named French Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He served for two years as President of the PEN American Center, the world's oldest human rights organizations, and he continues to work as Chairman of the Pen World Voices International Literary Festival, which he helped create. In 2008, he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a Library Lion of the New York Public Library.

Rushdie will read from his most recent novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, and will answer questions from the program moderator and audience guests. Doors open for this event at 5:45 PM. Seating is first come, first served.