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Salman Rushdie to speak in Boise next month

Author Salman Rushdie will give a free lecture at Boise State University’s Morrison Center in November, as part of BSU’s Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series. Rushdie, who was the target of international death threats over his novel “The Satanic Verses” in 1989, is a prize-winning novelist and essayist who was knighted by the Queen of England. His Boise lecture, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20, will be on “Literature and Politics in the Modern World.” Click below for BSU’s full announcement.


The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series at Boise State University presents author Sir Salman Rushdie at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. His lecture, titled “Literature and Politics in the Modern World,” is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. 

Rushdie has penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers and received a Queen’s Knighthood for “services to literature.” He stands as both a pop culture icon and one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today.

His novels include “The Satanic Verses,” “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” “The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” “The Enchantress of Florence” and “Midnight’s Children,” which won the Booker Prize in 1981 and later the Best of Booker. The novel has been adapted to film and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also is the author of the bestselling memoir “Joseph Anton.”

An eclectic writer and noted public intellectual, Rushdie has won many of the world’s top literary prizes, published a heralded collection of essays titled “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 organization. His children’s novels include “Luka and the Fire of Life” and “Haroun and the Sea of Stories.”

The Distinguished Lecture Series features speakers who have had major impacts in politics, the arts, science, business or other realms of contemporary significance. Former speakers in the series include Nobel Laureate in economics Joseph Stiglitz, biologist E.O. Wilson, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president of Poland Lech Walesa, environmental architect William McDonough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Menand, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh and others.

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