Rushdie also took another departure from novel-writing when he announced he'd signed on to write the pilot for Showtime's proposed new show Next People earlier this year. That isn't to say he's been out of the literary game while taking on these projects, however. He released his memoir, Joseph Anton, to critical acclaim late last year. While he is a master of the written word, Rushdie is just as comfortable on stage. He has a firm grasp on the pressing events of the moment and often incorporates the themes he tackles in his books into his talks. From freedom of expression, to the power of literature, to international relations, he presents a compelling look at the world around us. He uses his own experiences to showcase the artist's role in shaping public understanding—and leaves audiences with an intriguing and sweeping account of the events that shape our modern society.
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