Date & Time
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Free and open to the public
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Salman Rushdie will discuss "Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020." He will be joined in conversation by Srikanth Reddy.
Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival
About the book: Salman Rushdie is celebrated as a storyteller of the highest order, illuminating truths about our society and culture through his gorgeous, often searing prose. Now, in his latest collection of nonfiction, he brings together insightful and inspiring essays, criticism, and speeches that focus on his relationship with the written word and solidify his place as one of the most original thinkers of our time. Gathering pieces written between 2003 and 2020, "Languages of Truth" chronicles Rushdie’s intellectual engagement with a period of momentous cultural shifts. Immersing the reader in a wide variety of subjects, he delves into the nature of storytelling as a human need, and what emerges is, in myriad ways, a love letter to literature itself. Rushdie explores what the work of authors from Shakespeare and Cervantes to Samuel Beckett, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison mean to him, whether on the page or in person. He delves deep into the nature of “truth,” revels in the vibrant malleability of language and the creative lines that can join art and life, and looks anew at migration, multiculturalism, and censorship.
About the author: Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen novels including "Midnight's Children," "Shame," and "Quichotte." He is the author of one collection of short stories: "East, West"; four works of nonfiction: "Joseph Anton," "The Jaguar Smile," "Imaginary Homelands," and "Step Across This Line"; and two coedited anthologies: "Mirrorwork" and "Best American Short Stories 2008." His latest book is "Languages of Truth." He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.
About the interlocutor: Srikanth Reddy’s latest book of poetry, "Underworld Lit," is finalist for the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the T.S. Eliot Four Quartets Prize, and a "Times Literary Supplement" “Book of the Year” for 2020. Reddy’s poetry and criticism have appeared in "Harper’s," "The Guardian" (UK), "The New York Times," "Poetry," and numerous other venues. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, he is currently Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.