SIR SALMAN RUSHDIE – 2018 Global Atheist Convention



Sir Salman Rushdie is a brilliantly provocative author, well known for The Satanic Verses, which prompted Islamic criticism and a fatwa against him. He has written a broad range of classic novels, won the prestigious Booker prize (and Best of the Booker), received a Queen’s Knighthood for his “services to literature” and is a highly thought-provoking proponent for free speech.

Sir Salman Rushdie’s other novels include The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her FeetThe Enchantress of Florence and Midnight’s Children, for which 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. He is also the author of bestselling memoir Joseph Anton. Sir Salman Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life is a children’s novel and a companion to Haroun and the Sea of Stories. His newest novel is Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights.

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 written a book on The Wizard of Oz, and served for two years as president of The PEN American Center, the world’s oldest human rights organisation.

  • "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