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Portland Arts & Lectures: Salman Rushdie

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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway

October 8, 2013


Salman Rushdie is the celebrated international author of eleven novels. An inventive stylist whose work
combines elements of myth and magical realism, Nadine Gordimer calls him “The most original imagination
writing today.” His works include the Booker Award winner Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses, the
book that resulted in a fatwa issued from Ayatollah Khomeini, sentencing him to death. His recently published
memoir, Joseph Anton, takes its title from the assumed name Rushdie traveled under during that time. Michiko
Kakutani has called it, “A harrowing, deeply felt and revealing document: an autobiographical mirror of the
big, philosophical preoccupations that have animated Mr. Rushdie’s work throughout his career.”


Portland Arts & Lectures

The 29th season of Portland Arts & Lectures begins on October 8, 2013 with a lecture by Salman Rushdie, the celebrated and controversial international author of eleven novels. Ann Patchett, the author most requested by the audience in a recent survey, will appear November 20, 2013. January 14, 2014 brings Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction author of The Looming TowerLawrence Wright, whose most recent book is Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. Graphic novelist and noted cartoonist Chris Ware will appear in conversation with renowned book designer Chip Kidd on February 18, 2014. The season rounds out with one of the most significant and critically-acclaimed Latina writers, Julia Alvarez, on April 3, 2014.

Since 1984, Portland Arts & Lectures has brought leading authors, historians, artists and critics to our community to discuss their work and the trajectory of contemporary culture, connecting readers and writers of all ages in a spirit of intellectual curiosity and engagement with events, classroom visits, and forums. Portland Arts & Lectures brings the world’s most celebrated writers, artists and thinkers to our community.