Journalist Joseph Hall recounts Salman Rushdie’s surprise visit to PEN Canada’s benefit on December 7, 1992.
On December 6th, 1990, PEN hosted its annual benefit. The show-stopper that night was the following duet, performed by Canadian icons Robertson Davies and Margaret Atwood, accompanied intrepidly by Tomson Highway on piano.
In lead up to our double feature with Stephen King and Owen King, we collected writing advice from Stephen’s memoir, On Writing. It’s a short read because “most books about writing are filled with bullshit,” he writes. In this spirit we’ve further condensed his advice to these essentials.
On the opening night of the IFOA, PEN Canada presents Double Feature: An evening with Stephen King and Owen King.
There is a giant fish hanging over my kitchen sink. It is a salmon, carved by Nova Scotia folk artist William Roach, and for more than 20 years it has carried a decoration on its left front fin: a button reading “I am Salman Rushdie”.
A rare chance to meet a literary icon, and support the essential work of PEN Canada. The 2012 PEN Gala promises an innovative evening of performance, conversation, and music to mark the opening of the prestigious International Festival of Authors.