Honoring Salman Rushdie

With Jonathan Safran Foer, Amitava Kumar, Téa Obreht, Zadie Smith, Himanshu Suri & Dale Talde

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Salman Rushdie "How does it feel to know that you've just been sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini?" These words were spoken by a BBC journalist to Salman Rushdie on February 14, 1989, the day Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie for his iconoclastic novel Satanic Verses. The fatwa and its aftermath have been called, by Hanif Kureishi, "one of the most significant events in postwar literary history." Since that fateful day—which Rushdie recounts in his acclaimed memoir Joseph Anton (Random House 2012)—Rushdie has emerged as arguably the most significant writer of, as Toni Morrison has described his work, the global novel. The author of eleven novels, knighted for his services to literature, and former President of PEN America, Rushdie has invented an infinitely lively literary style that levitates with the fantasies of Angela Carter and Italo Calvino while staying grounded enough to chart the postwar history of the South Asian subcontinent—as in his epic Midnight's Children, which won the Booker Prize and the "Booker of Bookers" twice.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Reading and conversation with Salman Rushdie

Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St, New York

6-7pm, Pre-party DJ set by Himanshu "Heems" Suri, formerly of Das Racist

7-8pm, Reading, Conversation, and Awards Presentation

$17 for Theater seats in Tribeca Cinemas, two for $20 Online ticket sales are closed but Theater seat tickets will be available at the door

$25 for seats in the Varick Room in Tribeca Cinemas, Three for $50 SOLD OUT

Purchasers of the Tribeca Theater seats will watch the event at the same venue, just a few feet away via the magic of live-streaming projection—for nearly half the price of the Varick Room seats.

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An Intimate Dinner with Salman Rushdie - Only 30 seats

8.30-10pm, Home of Faiza Patel

$700 for one seat; $1000 for two

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In honor of Joseph Anton and the film adaptation of Midnight's Children, The Asian American Writers' Workshop is delighted to present Salman Rushdie with our Lifetime Achievement Award. We'll be celebrating with former Das Racist rapper Heems, who will DJ the pre-party in the Varick Room, the speakeasy bar at Tribeca Cinemas, home of the Tribeca Film Festival. Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Téa Obreht will read from the work of Rushdie, who will join us for a moderated discussion with Amitava Kumar.

The event will be followed by an intimate dinner at the home of Brennan Center attorney Faiza Patel. For this small, exclusive event, guests will mingle with Mr. Rushdie—and with celebrity chef Dale Talde of Top Chef fame and chef at Brooklyn foodie hotspots Talde and Thistle Hill Tavern. We'll be serving shrimp toast, Filipino Hawaiian pork buns, and soba noodle bundles, and more—on the rooftop deck of this beautiful Tribeca loft space. Your investment will support emerging writers of color through our workshops for young Asian American voices and our Open City Fellowships for emerging writers like Rishi Nath, who says, "For me the Asian American Writers' Workshop has been the most important element in the development of my writing. Open City is a place where you don't have to apologize as a writer of color, as a writer of Asian origin—and that's an amazingly affirming thing."

Contact: AAWW Program Director Amna Ahmad, aahmad@aaww.org

Varick Room of Tribeca Cinemas

Varick Room of Tribeca Cinemas

Dale Talde and Himanshu Suri

Dale Talde & Himanshu Suri, formerly of Das Racist

Faiza Patel's apartment

A beautiful Tribeca loft space

About the Asian American Writers' Workshop: For two decades, the Asian American Writers' Workshop has stood for the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told—through our live events, literary festivals, youth programs, and our online magazines, Open City and The Margins, just launched last year. Through CultureStrike, our national movement for immigrant rights, we hosted a weeklong delegation at the Arizona border for 50 artists, including Teju Cole, Daniel Alarcón, Wangechi Mutu, Jeff Chang, and Favianna Rodriguez. We've incubated a generation of emerging writers, like Monique Truong, Cathy Park Hong, and Monica Ferrell, and host literary events you won't forget featuring some of the best authors in global literature, like Michael Ondaatje, Ha Jin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Junot Díaz, Das Racist, Sapphire, Tao Lin, and Jhumpa Lahiri, whose first book party we hosted. Covered by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and New York Times, named one of the top five Asian American groups in the country, we're inventing the future of Asian American literary culture.

Co-sponsored by MTV Desi and Remy Martin.

Note that the event will take place in the Varick Room and be live-casted to the two theaters in Tribeca Cinemas.

Dinner ticket guests will receive reserved seating in Tribeca Theater at the public event and will receive a separate email confirming the address of the dinner.