Award-winning author speaks at UVM

Novelist, Writers Guild Award winner and member of the British Royal Society of Literature Salman Rushdie spoke to the UVM community Jan. 14.

The sold out lecture, which took place in the Ira Allen Chapel, was titled “What’s The Use Of Stories That Aren’t Even True?”

“I think it’s great that UVM can bring someone so prominent to speak to the community,” junior  Teresa Dotson said.

Rushdie talked about several of his novels, including his first children’s novel “Haroun and the Sea of Stories.”.

“Nothing comes from nothing,” Rushdie said. “Books come from other books. Stories come from other stories.”

This led into a discussion about “source stories.” These are books which Rushdie read as a child and became part of his “wonderfully fortunate heritage as a writer,” he said.

Rushdie is the author of eleven novels, including “Shame,” “The Moor’s Last Sigh” and “The Satanic Verses.” His books have been translated into over 40 different languages, according to his website.

Pick up a copy of next week’s newspaper for more on the event.