Information about all of our past Distinguished Writers Events, organized by month, can be found in our online archiveAll readings will take place in the drawing room of the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities and are free and open to the public.

Amitav Ghosh

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 4:30PM

Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.  His is the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide and the first two volumes of The Ibis Trilogy; Sea of Poppies, and River of Smoke.

He is the recipient of many awards, and his novel Sea of Poppies (2008.) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and his essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New Republic and The New York Times.  He has taught in many universities including Delhi University, Columbia, Queens College and Harvard.  


Salman Rushdie

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College/Free and Open to the Public

An eclectic writer and noted public intellectual, Salman Rushdie has won many of the world\'s top literary prizes. Rushdie\'s novels include The Satanic VersesThe Moor\'s Last SighThe Ground Beneath Her Feet and The Enchantress of Florence. For his masterwork of magic realism, Midnight\'s Children, he won the prestigious Booker Prize, and later, the Best of the Booker. He is also the author of bestselling memoir Joseph Anton.  His newest novel, published in September 2015, is Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights.  He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007, and has served as President of the PEN American Center.