SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of 12 novels–including MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, winner of both the 1981 Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker in 2008, THE SATANIC VERSES, and TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHTS–as well as a collection of short stories, EAST, WEST. He has also published four books of nonfiction and co-edited the anthologies Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature, Rushdie has received, among other honors, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel on two occasions, the Writers’ Guild Award, the James Tait Black Prize, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, Author of the Year Prizes in both Britain and Germany, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, the London International Writers’ Award, the James Joyce Award of University College Dublin, the Carl Sandburg Prize of the Chicago Public Library, and a U.S. National Arts Award. 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.
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