Salman Rushdie to deliver Malloy Lecture at Westport Library
Published 5:29 pm, Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Salman Rushdie, prize-winning author internationally known for both his works of fiction and non-fiction — including the controversial “The Satanic Verses” — will be the speaker at the Westport Library’s annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts in October.
Rushdie’s talk — free to the public, but tickets are required — is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Staples High School auditorium.
Rushdie is the author of 12 novels, which in addition to “The Satanic Verses,” include “Midnight’s Children” (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), “The Moor’s Last Sigh” and “The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” the inspiration for a song produced by U2 with lyrics by Rushdie.
He has also published four works of non-fiction, including his memoir, “Joseph Anton.” The memoir’s title was taken from the code name he used after Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran charged him with blasphemy for writing “The Satanic Verses,” and issued a fatwa calling for his assassination.
Rushdie has co-edited two anthologies, “Mirrorwork,” a collection of contemporary Indian writing, “Best American Short Stories 2008” and a collection of short stories, “East and West.” His 12th novel, “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,” will be published in September.
Rushdie, a fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature, has received numerous other literary honors, which include the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the Writers’ Guild Award, the James Tait Black Prize, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, Author of the Year Prizes in both Britain and Germany, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, the Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy, the Crossword Book Award in India, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the London International Writers’ Award and the James Joyce Award of University College Dublin.
He holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at six European and six American universities, is an honorary professor in the Humanities at M.I.T, and distinguished writer in residence at Emory University. He has received the Freedom of the City in Mexico City, Strasbourg and El Paso and the Edgerton Prize of the American Civil Liberties Union. He holds the rank of commander in the Order of Arts and Letters, France’s highest artistic honor.
Rushdie has served as president of PEN American Center, and continues to work as president of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival, which he helped to create. In June 2007, he received a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was named a Library Lion of the New York Public Library and is a distinguished writer in residence at New York University.
The Malloy Lecture in the Arts is made possible by a contribution from late Westport artist Susan Malloy.
To register for free tickets to Rushdie’s lecture, go to www.westportlibrary.org. Copies of “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: will be available for pre-purchase at a special price with registration. Books may be autographed after the program.