Thursday, January 17, 2008

Emory sets rare public appearance for Rushdie

Emory sets rare public appearance for Rushdie

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/17/08

Salman Rushdie is making a rare public appearance at Emory University
next month, the school announced Thursday.

Rushdie will give a lecture called "Autobiography and the Novel" Feb.
10 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the school's main campus near

"The lecture will be an examination of how the lives of writers
intertwine with their work, and in what ways, if at all, the life can
be said to be the best explanation of that work," Rushdie said in a
school-issued statement.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 ($5 for Emory
students) and can be purchased online at

Last spring Rushdie began a five-year writer-in-residence program at
Emory, teaching classes, giving lectures and advising students. Last
year's lecture was about Indian art.

Rushdie — who wrote the allegedly blasphemous "The Satanic Verses,"
then spent the next 10 years in hiding under the protection of British
police — sold his papers to Emory in 2006.

In 1989, Rushdie was condemned to death by the former Iranian
spiritual leader Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Emory officials would not comment on security plans for the lecture.

"We will take whatever precautions necessary," said Emory spokeswoman
Elaine Justice.

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