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Salman Rushdie to speak Thursday in Albany

Salman Rushdie to speak Thursday in Albany

Will appear some 30 years after he was first scheduled to appear here
Salman Rushdie to speak Thursday in Albany
Salmon Rushdie poses recently in New York City.
Photographer: new york times

Salman Rushdie will be heading to Albany on Thursday — some 30 years after he was first scheduled to appear there.

He’ll be speaking at 7:30 p.m .at Page Hall (135 Western Ave.) on the University at Albany’s downtown campus.  Rushdie’s appearance is part of the New York State Writers Institute programming and the UAlbany Speaker Series.

The author was originally scheduled to visit the Institute in 1988, however, due to the controversy surrounding his novel “The Satanic Verses,” Rushdie had to cancel.

“We have long wanted to bring Salman Rushdie to UAlbany,” said Paul Grondahl, director of the Institute.

“The Writers Institute’s persistence paid off. Rushdie is coming to campus after a 30-year hiatus.”

Rushdie has been busy over the years, penning 13 books, though none were perhaps as controversial as “The Satanic Verses.” His novel “Midnight’s Children” won the Booker Prize as well as the “Booker of Bookers” in 1993 and the “Best of the Booker,” in 2008. Rushdie has also co-edited “Mirrorwork,” an anthology of Indian writing and the 2008 “Best American Short Stories” anthology.

His latest work, “The Golden House,” which came out in 2017, has become a New York Times Bestseller. It’s a parable of American life that weaves in contemporary politics and culture.

During his visit, Rushdie will hold a Q&A session at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Prior to that, at 4:15 p.m., he will hold a craft talk lecture at Lecture Center 25 on the University at Albany’s uptown campus.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information visit

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