Warwick’s and UC San Diego’s Revelle Forum present an evening with Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie. On Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm, at the Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD Campus, Mr. Rushdie will discuss his autobiography Joseph Anton, followed by a Q&A and book signing. This is a ticketed event.
There are 2 ticket packages:
$40 Package: Includes admittance to the event and a copy of Joseph Anton: A Memoir.
$60 Package: Includes admittance for 2 to event and one copy of Joseph Anton: A Memoir
We are no longer accepting weborders for this event. Please contact Warwick’s at (858) 454-0347 to reserve your seats or for more information.
Please note: We ask that books and tickets be picked up from Warwick’s by Friday, September 21st at 5:00pm to ensure quick admittance to the event.
About the book: On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie received a telephone call from a BBC journalist who told the author that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. It was the first time Rushdie heard the word "fatwa." His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran."
So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. Rushdie was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and various combinations of their names. Then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov--Joseph Anton.
How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, and how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir, Rushdie tells for the first time, the story of the crucial battle for freedom of speech. He shares the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, and the close bonds he formed with his protectors; of his struggle for support and understanding from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, journalists, and fellow writers; and of how he regained his freedom.
Compelling, provocative, and moving, Joseph Anton is a book of exceptional frankness, honesty, and vital importance, because what happened to Salman Rushdie was the first act of a drama that is still unfolding somewhere in the world every day.
About the author: Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven novels—Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, and Luka and the Fire of Life—and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published three works of nonfiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981–1991, and Step Across This Line, and coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a former president of American PEN.