Salman Rushdie is the 2008 Literary Arts Series author. He is coming to speak at the Ciccone Theatre Nov. 7, 2008 at 11AM.
Rushdie is renowned for taking symbols and figures from different myth systems and religions and interweaving them with different juxtapositions. Themes from Islam and Hinduism are interwoven with figures from English literature and English literary references. His work advocates that the cultural exchange brought about by Empire has enriched rather than cheapened contemporary literature.
His story The Shelter of the World was recently published in The New Yorker.