Award-winning novelist Salman Rushdie is no stranger to magical realism, nor scrutiny of his use of magical realism. His 1981 sophomore novel Midnight’s Children won the Booker Prize (and later was twice recognized as the best ever winner of the Booker Prize), and his subsequent works created another type of stir — especially 1988’s The Satanic Verses, which caused an upset in the Muslim world, with several countries banning the book, and the then-supreme leader of Iran issuing a fatwa on Rushdie. For his latest work, the 72-year-old former copywriter-turned-prolific author turned to Cervantes’ Don Quixote for Quichotte — a cerebral reimagining of the 17th-century tale for modern times. Hosted by Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore, Rushdie will be joined in conversation by PBS Books’ Rich Fahle. Tickets include a pre-signed hardcover copy of Quichotte.
Event begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Rackham Auditorium; 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-585-5567; literatibookstore.com. Tickets are $30.
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