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literature | Apr 15th, 2013

National Library Week: Lev Grossman On Preserving An Important Cultural Institution

"Libraries, like scriptorium which preceded them, are these huge architectural machines for helping you to concentrate," literature speaker Lev Grossman says in an interview (embedded above) with Lavin. He describes the feeling of walking through the stacks in your local library as "traversing [a]... Continue Reading →
literature | Oct 23rd, 2012

Still Ahead of the Curve: Margaret Atwood Writes an eBook Serial

Judging by her massive Twitter following (over 350,000 followers) and her newly released serial book series (which is only being released in E-book form), it's safe to say that Margaret Atwood has a penchant for anything cutting edge. It's no surprise, then, that the L.A.Times says that she is... Continue Reading →
literature | Oct 21st, 2012

Coming Home: Teju Cole Reflects on Returning to America [VIDEO]

Memory is a strange and powerful thing, says Teju Cole in this short video over at the New Yorker. (The video, above, is from a few months back, sure, but it's still amazing!). Cole may be best known as the author of the white-hot debut novel Open City, but he's also a serious photographer. His... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 16th, 2012

Salman Rushdie on Today Show: Free Speech Shouldn't Be "Malicious"

One day before the release of his highly-anticipated memoir, Salman Rushdie sat down with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show to discuss Joseph Anton, the “outrage industry,” and the perils of free speech, something he knows a lot about.  “One of the problems with defending free speech,” Rushdie told... Continue Reading →
literature | Aug 7th, 2012

Salman Rushdie Tweets Photo of His New Memoir, Joseph Anton.

Today on Twitter (where else?), Lavin speaker Salman Rushdie tweeted a photo of the UK cover of Joseph Anton, his wildly-anticipated memoir. “Here it is,” he writes. “Worldwide release date September 18. English & 16 other languages.” Earlier, he tweeted: “Today I got my first copy of the UK first... Continue Reading →
literature | Aug 31st, 2011

Salman Rushdie, Now a Distinguished Professor, Is Having a Banner Year

Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie has just been named University Distinguished Professor at Emory University, where he's served as Distinguished Writer in Residence for the past five years. The new job means, “Rushdie's teaching role will expand to include participation in courses across... Continue Reading →
literature | Jun 26th, 2011

Salman Rushdie: A Rare Glimpse Into a Tumultuous Life

Over the weekend, The Guardian published an interesting interview with Salman Rushdie, in which the legendary author chats about fatherhood, faith, fatwa, and the writing of his 600-page biography—which industry insiders have pegged as one of the most anticipated releases of the decade. The... Continue Reading →