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Salman Rushdie archive, lectures at Emory University

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Salman Rushdie and Emory English professor Deepika Bahri in Rushdie archive exhibition, "A World Mapped by Stories, " now on display at Emory's library. AJC/Elissa Eubanks

So what does a Knight Bachelor, Booker Prize-winning author, fatwa subject and ex-husband of Padma Lakshmi put on display when a university comes looking for the actual words and objects that have made up his life?

Now that Salman Rushdie’s archive is on display at Emory University, we can see: e-mails and letters from the past 30 years, old computers, calendars and journals, family records, photos and doodles.

The whole thing was curated by Emory Associate Professor of English and Director of Asian Studies Deepika Bahri, but I rather like Rushdie comment, made during a media tour attended by AJCer Katie Leslie:

“From the moment I agreed to do this, I knew it was going to be sort of embarrassing,” Rushdie said during a media tour of the exhibit. “The biggest issue for me in the whole discussion with Emory had to do with privacy and the boundaries of privacy … it’s not just my privacy at stake, but also other people.”

Want to go?

  • The Salman Rushdie Archive at Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free. Emory Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta. 404-727-6861, http://web.library.emory.edu.
  • “The Only Subject is Love: Imagining Better Worlds,” with Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens and Deepa Mehta. 1-3:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Sold out. Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. www.emory.edu/events.
  • “Wonderlands: Writing for Young Readers and Young-at-Heart Adults,” a lecture by Salman Rushdie. 5 p.m. March 21. $10, $5 for faculty, staff, students and alumni. Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. www.emory.edu/events.

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