Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time—of any time. A brilliant provocateur, he’s penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Queen’s Knighthood for his “services to literature.” He stands as both a pop culture icon and one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today.
“A brilliant, funny, world-encompassing wonder”— TIME on Quichotte
Sir Salman Rushdie’s novels, greeted always with anticipation and acclaim, include The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet and The Enchantress of Florence. The reception for his most recent work, Quichotte, has proven no different: included in TIME’s list of 100 Must-Read Books of 2019, and named one of The Financial Times’ Best Books of 2019—who also called the novel “brilliant...a perfect fit for a moment of transcontinental derangement”. Quichotte was also a shortlisted finalist for the 2019 Booker Prize.
For his masterwork of magic realism, Midnight’s Children, he won the prestigious Booker Prize, and later, the Best of the Booker. The novel has since been adapted to film by the Academy Award-nominated director, Deepa Mehta, and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. As well, a new adaptation of Midnight’s Children is in development at Netflix, with showrunner Vishal Bhardwaj, whose work Rushdie calls “visually astonishing”.
Sir Salman Rushdie is also the author of bestselling memoir Joseph Anton. His Luka and the Fire of Life is a children’s novel and a companion to Haroun and the Sea of Stories. His recent novel Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights was a New York Times besteller, as was The Golden House.
An eclectic writer and noted public intellectual, Rushdie has won many of the world’s top literary prizes, published a heralded collection of essays, Step Across the Line, and served for two years as president of The PEN American Center, the world’s oldest human rights organization.
“Hands down, from multiple sources: the best lecture we’ve had. We filled our hall to capacity (2,000). Mr. Rushdie was substantive, charming, funny, and fully human—nothing short of brilliant.”Boise State
Public Events, Private Lives Literature and Politics in the Modern World
In his spellbinding lectures, Sir Salman Rushdie braids together the worlds of literature, politics, and philosophy—a show of intellectual pyrotechnics and deadpan humor that conveys fully the texture of modern life. He speaks about the major themes coursing through his writing, his life and our world: freedom of expression, religion, pop culture, current events at home and abroad, East-West relations, and the role of the artist to shape our understanding of the world. For those more interested in his writing, he touches on storytelling, the magical realism he made famous, and the unique sensibility of his self-proclaimed “globe-swallowing, capricious books.” Few authors are as enrapturing in person as Rushdie, or as fully embracing of their well-earned place in the spotlight.
The Liberty Instinct
In this talk, Salman Rushdie discusses fundamental freedoms and the attack they face both from religious extremism and from political correctness.