Rushdie to Discuss New Book Tonight in D.C.

Posted September 12, 2005 at 4:26pm

Author Salman Rushdie will read from and discuss his new book, “Shalimar the Clown,” tonight at Temple Sinai in Northwest Washington, D.C.

Rushdie, a British novelist, gained notoriety in 1988 when his book “The Satanic Verses” stirred controversy, culminating in a bounty being placed on Rushdie’s head by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Rushdie has since written numerous books and has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Booker Prize for fiction.

“Shalimar the Clown” is a work of fiction that centers on the Kashmir conflict. Rushdie will sign copies of the book following his reading. Those who purchase the book at Politics and Prose are entitled to two tickets to the event. Otherwise, tickets are $10 each and available at Politics and Prose.

The event starts at 7 p.m. tonight. Temple Sinai is at 3100 Military Road NW. For more information, call (202) 364-1919.

Keillor to Read Some of His Favorite Poems

Garrison Keillor, host of the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” will read some of his favorite poems Sunday at George Washington University.

Keillor will read works from the archives of his “Writer’s Almanac” segment on National Public Radio. Works by Raymond Carver, Emily Dickinson and Charles Simic, among others, will be included.

Keillor has worked for Minnesota Public Radio since 1969. His radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” which is heard by 4 million listeners weekly, is currently the subject of a film in production by director Robert Altman.

“Garrison Keillor: Good Poems for Hard Times” takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University. Keillor will also sign copies of his book, “Good Poems for Hard Times,” following the reading. Admission is $24 general and $18 for Smithsonian Resident Associates. For tickets or more information, call (202) 357-3030.

— Amy Carlile