It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how Oz captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule ...
Kurt Andersen follows the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discovers places in the Land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.
On December 11, 1991, Salman Rushdie "quietly ventured outside Britain and emerged"  to speak at a Columbia University dinner celebrating the 200th anniversary of the First Amendment. The thunderous applause that greets Mr Rushdie's unexpected appearance sets the tone for his speech.
On Valentines Day, 1989, Iran’s dying leader, the Ayatollah Khomeni, issued a fatwa (death sentence) against Rushdie for supposedly blaspheming Islam's prophet in his novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie went into hiding for most of the next decade. His new memoir chronicles that ...
Salman Rushdie discusses how his life changed when he was “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989, because of what he wrote in his novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team, who called him by his alias, Joseph Anton. Rushdie tells the story for the first time in his memoir, Joseph Anton, about the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, struggling for support and understanding, and finally regaining his freedom.
Salman Rushdie doesn't really have any favorite words, but he explains why he likes "funny" and dislikes "fanatical." He also shares his thoughts on Midnight's Children, which was published 30 years ago.
Salman Rushdie joins us for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! We’re talking about his 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947 – the moment that India became an independent nation. His health and well being are tightly tied to his country's, and he is magically, telepathically linked to the 1,000 other children born during India's first hour of life. Salman Rushdie will answer your questions about his magical realist book, which was awarded the 1981 Booker Prize and the James Tait Prize, and it was voted the "Best of the Booker" in 1993 and in 2008.
His most recent novel, Luka and the Fire of Life has just been released in paperback.
Salman Rushdie reads from his new book.
Salman Rushdie has been many things over the years: an award-winning millionaire novelist, a British knight, and of course, the object of an Iranian Ayatollah’s fatwa in the late '80s. But his new novel, “Luka and the Fire of Life,” will likely lead to new titles: videogame master, or perhaps “the next J.K. Rowling.” The novel, inspired in part by his 13-year-old son and the videogames he plays, centers on young Luka and his much older father Rashid. When Rashid mysteriously falls into a deep sleep and can’t be awakened, Luka must travel into the Heart of Magic, battle giants, monsters — and even time itself — to bring back the fire that will save his father’s life.
Opening night of the PEN World Voice Festival brought together literary superstars from around the world. Listen to an international selection of authors read in their native languages here.
Is Salman Rushdie a Mets or a Yankees fan? He let us know when he was last on The Leonard Lopate Show.