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  • Versed in Hiding

    Versed in Hiding
    For more than two decades after that awful February day in 1989, when Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini asked Muslims everywhere to kill Salman Rushdie for allegedly offending Islam with his novel “The Satanic Verses,” the author was never sure that he would write a memoir about his life in hiding. In the early years, shuttling from one undisclosed location to another, Rushdie wasn't confident that he would survive long enough to write such a book. Khomeini's fatwa, after all, was no idle threat. The Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, who had won the Nobel Prize for Literature the year before the “Satanic Verses” controversy, faced similar calls for his own assassination, and for similar reasons; in response, an Islamic fundamentalist stabbed the 82-year-old writer in the neck outside his home in Cairo in 1994. He survived, but barely, sustaining nerve damage so severe that he could write only a few minutes a day for the rest of his life.
  • 'Little Known Facts' about Christine Sneed

    'Little Known Facts' about Christine Sneed
    Writing literary fiction is a pursuit for neither the impatient nor the faint of heart. It takes years to learn the craft, then more years to break into the famously insular, heavily guarded world of high-level publishing. It's a slog, in short,...

    Author Salman Rushdie sold 'Midnight's Children' rights for $1

    Author/filmmaker Salman Rushdie joined Jon Stewart Tuesday night on "The Daily Show" to talk about the forthcoming film version of his bestselling novel "Midnight's Children."  The 1981 novel won a slew of awards -- including the Man Booker Prize, the...

    Deepa Mehta Curates Toronto Tribute to Indian Cinema

    Choosing a handful of movies from a hundred years of filmmaking is not easy, but Deepa Mehta ("Midnight's Children") took a stab at it for Toronto's celebration of a centenary of Indian cinema, which includes a gala on Saturday. The Toronto-based...

    Salman Rushdie bequeaths 'Midnight's Children' to film

    Salman Rushdie bequeaths 'Midnight's Children' to film
    In the late 1970s, long before he penned "The Satanic Verses," before he sparked a global uproar between Islamic fundamentalists and free-speech advocates and became a marked man, before he turned into a celebrity man of letters who dates models and...