literature | August 31, 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 the university and engagement with faculty in areas of mutual interest.” The position, big news in and of itself, is just the latest in a series of exciting developments for Rushdie.

A man about town (if by town, you mean the world), Salman Rushdie visits the Toronto International Film Festival next week, to screen clips from the film version of his celebrated novel Midnight’s Children, directed by Deepa Mehta. Also this month, his short story, “In the South,” received a customized soundtrack (you’ll need an eReader to listen) performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. And, besides hosting various events, such as readings for the hip Moth storytelling series, Rushdie is hard at work on what is sure to be the literary event of the decade: the publication of his memoirs.

Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time—of any time. A brilliant provocateur, he's penned classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Queen's Knighthood for "services to literature."

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