Salman Rushdie in conversation with Suleika Jaouad

Random House Publishing Group and PEN America are proud to present internationally renowned writer, free speech advocate, and Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie in conversation with Suleika Jaouad, the New York Times bestselling author of Between Two Kingdoms, founder of The Isolation Journals, and subject of the Netflix documentary American Symphony.


Rushdie’s new memoir, Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder, is a gripping account of surviving an attempt on his life 30 years after the fatwa was ordered against him.

In unforgettable detail, Rushdie is speaking out for the first time about the traumatic events of August 12, 2022.

Join us on Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Vimeo for an intimate conversation as they discuss life, loss, love, the power of art, and finding the strength to keep going—and stand up again.

The event will feature an audience Q&A and a closing note from PEN America. You will have the opportunity to submit a question when registering for the event and may see it answered during the conversation.

Please note: this event will be prerecorded, and you will be viewing its only broadcast. The recording will be available to ticket-holders for one week following the broadcast.

To join the event, purchase a ticket from Talking Leaves...Books. Each ticket includes a hardcover copy of Knife.

All participants will have the option to purchase Jaouad’s Between Two Kingdoms, as well

Click HERE for tickets, information, and FAQs

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Streaming on Vimeo
NY 14222
Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder By Salman Rushdie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593730249
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Published: Random House - April 16th, 2024

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted By Suleika Jaouad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588600
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2022