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Thalia Book Club: Salman Rushdie Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 09/16/2015 at Symphony Space.

The author of Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses presents Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights, his first adult novel in six years. Combining history, mythology, and a love story, Salman Rushdie’s novel is a masterpiece about the age-old conflicts that remain in the today’s world, and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling. In conversation with A.M. Homes (May We Be Forgiven) with an excerpt performed by actor Michael Potts (True Detective; The Wire).

+ About the Artists


A.M. HOMES is the author of many books including the novels May We Be Forgiven, which won the 2013 Women’s Prize/Orange Prize for Fiction, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, Jack, the short story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, and the bestselling memoir The Mistress’s Daughter. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, and The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the NYPL, among others. Her work has appeared in Art Forum, Granta, The New Yorker, and she is a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb, and Blind Spot. Additionally, she Co-Chairs

the Board of Directors of the Artist’s Colony, Yaddo, and sits on the boards of The New York Foundation For The Arts, Poets and Writers, and the Cathy Wesi Dance Project.

MICHAEL POTTS starred as Detective Maynard Gilbough in the Emmy Award-winning HBO drama True Detective, and is well-known for his
role of Brother Mouzone in
The Wire. His other television appearances include Show Me a Hero, Gotham, Allegiance, Bored to Death, Flight of
the Conchords, Law & Order: SVU, Matador, Oz,
and The Cosby Show. On Broadway, he originated the role of Mafala Hatimbi in The Book of Mormon, and was in companies of Grey Gardens and Lennon. He originated the

role of Paul Pierce in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at the Guthrie Theatre. His New York stage appearances also include The Tempest; Richard III, for which he earned a Falstaff Award; The Persians; Twelfth Night; and The American Play, for which he earned an Obie Award. His upcoming projects include Let Me Make You a Martyr, and 37.

SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of twelve novels—Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights—and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction: Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line, and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature. 

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