Well, this is the moment we've been waiting for. Finally, it's time to announce our keynote speaker for 2017.
After the extraordinary evening in April with Michael Ondaatje and Mark Doty, many people asked us how we intended to top it in Year 2. Well, here's how. We're thrilled to announce that our keynote for 2017 will be none other than Salman Rushdie.
SIR SALMAN RUSHDIE is one of the most celebrated authors of our time—of any time. A brilliant provocateur, he’s penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Queen’s Knighthood for his “services to literature.” He stands as both a pop culture icon and one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today.
Sir Salman Rushdie’s novels, greeted always with anticipation and acclaim, include The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet and 2008’s The Enchantress of Florence. For his masterwork of magic realism, Midnight’s Children, he won the presitigious Booker Prize, and later, the Best of the Booker. The novel has since been adapted to film by the Academy Award-nominated director, Deepa Mehta, and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is also the author of bestselling memoir Joseph Anton.
An eclectic writer and noted public intellectual, Rushdie has won many of the world’s top literary prizes, published a heralded collection of essays, Step Across the Line, written a book on The Wizard of Oz, and served for two years as president of The PEN American Center, the world’s oldest human rights organization.
Salman Rushdie will be appearing at 7.30 on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Jesse Auditorium on the campus of the University of Missouri, in Columbia, MO. As with all Unbound events, attendance is completely free and open to the public. Tickets should be reserved in advance by going to our Eventbrite page. Limit of two tickets per person.