Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 7:00 pm
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom
Kagin Commons at Macalester College
21 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, MN
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM
Rain Taxi is honored to have renowned author Salman Rushdie presenting his novel Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, coming this July in paperback. Join us for an event to remember!
This is a ticketed event. Advance tickets are $20, and each ticket purchase includes a signed copy of Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. Tickets and books will be held under the purchaser's name at the Will Call table at the door. Please bring your ID to pick up tickets.
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This Twin Cities appearance by Salman Rushdie is supported by two great independent bookstores, Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis and Common Good Books in St. Paul. We encourage all our readers to support these and other great local literary businesses! For an idea of how varied and great these businesses are, check out the list of Partners that help make our Twin Cities Literary Calendar possible.
About Salman Rushdie:
Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve 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, Luka and the Fire of Life, and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights—and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction: Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line, and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. 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 American PEN, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.
About Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
After writing his memoir and a children’s novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (less precisely 1001 nights) is Rushdie’s first adult novel in 7 years. Inspired by ancient, traditional “wonder tales” of the East, yet rooted in the concerns of the present, Rushdie’s novel blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story into a tale about the way we live now—an age of unreason. Satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption, this story is quintessential Rushdie, a perfect mix of clever and fun, provocative and brilliant.
Praise for Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
“Brilliant . . . Rushdie’s sumptuous mixture of history and fable is magnificent.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, Guardian
“Rushdie has been giving us incandescent books for 40 years. . . . in reading this new book, one cannot escape the feeling that all those years of writing and success have perhaps been preparation for this moment, for the creation of this tremendously inventive and timely novel.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“. . . erudite without flaunting it, an amusement park of a pulpy disaster novel that resists flying out of control by being grounded by religion, history, culture and love.”— Los Angeles Times
“Rushdie’s brilliance is in the balance between high art and pop culture…. This is a novel of both intellectual heft and sheer reading pleasure — a rare feat.”— St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Courageous and liberating…A breathless mash-up of wormholes, mythical creatures, current affairs and disquisitions on philosophy and theology.” – New York Times Book Review
“Riffs and expands on the tales of Scheherazade, another storyteller whose spinning of yarns was a matter of life and death… A wicked bit of satire” – USA Today"
“Exuberant. . . Rushdie’s reach is vast: He satirizes the promise and peril of globalism even as he taps a spectrum of literary genres in a tender ode to the wondrous art of spinning tales.” — O, The Oprah Magazine
[O]ne of his very best books. . . . Beguiling and astonishing, wonderful and wondrous. Rushdie at his best.” — Kirkus starred review