“Free Speech is the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” — Salman Rushdie
PEN Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, Toronto International Festival of Authors and Writers’ Trust of Canada come together to celebrate the courage and remarkable literary achievements of Salman Rushdie.
Featured participants, including Margaret Atwood, The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, John Irving, Ian McEwan, Rohinton Mistry, Deepa Mehta, John Ralston Saul and Shyam Selvadurai will be reading from Rushdie’s work.
Hosted by Matt Galloway from CBC Radio’s The Current. The event will also be featured in an upcoming special national broadcast on CBC’s The Current.
Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen previous novels, including Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh and Quichotte, all of which have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize; a collection of stories, East, West; a memoir, Joseph Anton; a work of reportage, The Jaguar Smile; and three collections of essays, most recently Languages of Truth. His many awards include the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel, which he won twice; the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award; the National Arts Award; the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature; the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature; and the Italian Premio Grinzane Cavour. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. He is a former president of PEN America. His books have been translated into over forty languages.
Date & Time: September 27 at 4:30pm ET
Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes
This event is free to attend with registration.
Listen to Matt Galloway’s interview with three speakers who took part in this event — novelist Ian McEwan, director Deepa Mehta and publisher and editor Louise Dennys.
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