Rushdie discusses newly-released book with students


Rushdie signs copies of “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Days”

On Oct. 22, world-famous author Salman Rushdie came to Staples to discuss his latest book, “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,” with AP Literature students. This highly-anticipated event was organized through The Westport Library as part of its annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts series.

“It was a unique experience to get to hear such a renowned author as Salmon Rushdie talk about his book and the inspiration he had in writing it,” Ben Goldstein ’16 said.

During the event, select students were able to pose questions about the book, and discuss with its author.

“All the questions were generated by the students,” English teacher, Kim Herzog, said. “They were so professional and academic, and continue to impress me.”

When one student asked about his writing process, Rushdie explained that good writers must be able to truly observe the world around them.

“The two great things are the eye and the ear,” he said. “You have to be able to look, and you have to be able to hear.”

While some of Rushdie’s responses were serious, attendees were surprised by his sense of humor. During a discussion of the inclusion of pop culture in his book, Rushdie responded to the confused reactions to some of his more obscure references.

“I know a lot of sh**,” he said with a laugh.

His humor and personality made the event even more memorable, Giselle Briand ’17 said.

The students were not the only ones pleased with the event — according to Kelle Ruden, Director of Programs at the Westport Library, Rushdie was incredibly impressed with the students, and the session was his favorite moment on his recent tour.