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Salman Rushdie thanks Suketu Mehta for helping him join faculty of NYU

Rushdie will be journalism school’s Distinguished Writer in Residence.

AB Wire

NEW YORK: Salman Rushdie will be the Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of the Faculty of Arts and Science for New York University, starting in September, 2015, for a period of five years.

Salman Rushdie (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Salman Rushdie (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Rushdie will teach courses, give public readings and advise graduate students in his new post, according to a report by NYU Local.

In a tweet last week, Rushdie thanked writer Suketu Mehta for the teaching move. He tweeted:” @suketumehta You started this ball rolling Suketu. Look where it’s ended up! Thank you! @nyu_journalism”

NYU Local also released an e-mail sent by Journalism Institute Director Perri Klass to the department faculty of NYU, which has, however, yet to issue a formal press release on the move to have one of the most creative writers in America on their faculty roster:

The e-mail said: “I am delighted to announce that the renowned author, Salman Rushdie, will be joining our NYU Journalism faculty as a Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of the Faculty of Arts and Science in September, 2015. Over the next five years, Mr. Rushdie will be fully engaged in our community, teaching courses in the Institute, providing public readings, and advising graduate students.

A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Salman Rushdie has received, among other honors, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), 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 Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy, the Crossword Book Award in India, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the London International Writers’ Award, the James Joyce award of University College Dublin, the St. Louis Literary Award, the Carl Sandburg Prize of the Chicago Public Library, and a U.S. National Arts Award. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for “services to literature.”

In addition to his many essays and four non-fiction books (essays, memoir, and reportage), Rushdie is the author of a book of stories and eleven novels, including Midnight’s Children, which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981. He also holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at six European and six American universities, is an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at M.I.T, and University Distinguished Professor at Emory University.

As a brilliant writer and prominent public intellectual, Mr. Rushdie exemplifies the mission of the Journalism Institute – a center for research and teaching in the cultural hub and media capital that is New York City – and he will join our ranks of incredibly talented writers, reporters, producers, and critics, to engage and inform our local community in journalism and beyond.

I am confident that Mr. Rushdie will be an outstanding addition to the Journalism Institute, and I hope that you will join me in welcoming him to our community.”

Rushdie’s new novel ‘Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights’ will be published by Random House in September of this year. It’s described by the publishing house as a “wonder tale about the way we live now;” the novel “blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world…that has been plunged into an age of unreason.”


1 Comment

  1. FloyydRTurbbo
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    “Maximum City” by Suketu Mehta is one of the best chronology of Mumbai and India written by an NRI. The candor of the writing is amazing and the narration is spellbinding. A must read, for any one wanting to know more about India or before visiting India.


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