Date(s) - 11/04/19
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Vic Theatre
Chicago Humanities Festival
Not many novelists would be brave enough to reinterpret Don Quixote for the modern age, but then again, most novelists aren’t Salman Rushdie, the Booker Prize-winning author of Midnight’s Children and Shame, among others. Quichotte, Rushdie’s latest work, is more than just a retelling of Cervantes’s classic tale: It’s an homage to the eternal power of literature. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Quichotte tells the story of Sam DuChamp, a mediocre writer who creates his own version of Don Quixote, featuring the salesman Quichotte and his imaginary son Sancho. As the paths of DuChamp and DuChamp’s characters intersect, Rushdie creates an indelible portrait of the influence that stories have over our lives. Rushdie will be joined in conversation by Jennifer Day, books editor for the Chicago Tribune.
Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen novels and one collection of short stories, including Midnight’s Children, Shame, and many more. He has also published four works of nonfiction and coedited two anthologies. 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 PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature. His newest novel is Quichotte.