Virtual Event: Salman Rushdie


Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder

in conversation with SULEIKA JAOUAD


April 16, 2024
8:00 PM ET




$36.00 (book-included)

Random House Publishing Group, PEN America, and Harvard Book Store 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 April 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 submit your questions no later than March 25. Please note: this event will be prerecorded, and you will be viewing its only broadcast.


Each ticket includes a hardcover copy of Knife. All participants must purchase a copy of Knife in order to view the event. Partcipants will also have the option to purchase Jaouad’s Between Two Kingdoms. If you have any questions about this event, please read the Frequently Asked Questions below. 


I live outside the U.S. Can I still join the event?

  • We’d love to have you! However, our bookstore partners only ship to U.S. mailing addresses. You are welcome to register using a U.S. mailing address. Please note, though, that Vimeo is not available in China, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Indonesia, Sudan, or Syria

I can’t join live. Will this event be recorded?

  • Yes. The event will be recorded and shared exclusively with ticket holders for one week following the event. You must register for the event in order to receive the recording. Recording the event on your own device is strictly prohibited.

I have a question for the authors. Where can I submit it?

  • You can submit your question when registering for the event. Please contact if you have any trouble submitting your questions.

Is closed captioning available for this event?

  • Yes. Closed captioning is available by clicking the CC button at the bottom of the video player screen. Please email if you have any other accessibility questions.

Will I be able to turn on my camera or microphone?

  • No. This event will be hosted on Vimeo. You will be able to see and hear the speakers, but you will not be able to turn on your microphone or camera. Instead, we encourage you to submit a question in advance or engage with other readers via the chat.

When can I expect to receive the book?

  • Knife by Salman Rushdie is on sale April 16, 2024. Books will begin shipping after this date. Advance copies are not available. You will receive an email from Harvard Book Store when your book ships.

Will my book be signed?

  • No.

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About Knife

From internationally renowned writer and Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie, a searing, deeply personal account of enduring—and surviving—an attempt on his life thirty years after the fatwa that was ordered against him

Speaking out for the first time, and in unforgettable detail, about the traumatic events of August 12, 2022, Salman Rushdie answers violence with art, and reminds us of the power of words to make sense of the unthinkable. Knife is a gripping, intimate, and ultimately life-affirming meditation on life, loss, love, art—and finding the strength to stand up again.

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen previous novels, including Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, and Quichotte, all of which have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize; a collection of stories, East, West; a memoir, Joseph Anton; a work of reportage, The Jaguar Smile; and three collections of essays, most recently Languages of Truth. His many awards include the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel, which he won twice; the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award; the National Arts Award; the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature; the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature; and the Italian Premio Grinzane Cavour. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. He is a former president of PEN America and the recipient of the PEN Centenary Courage Award. His books have been translated into over forty languages. In 2023, he was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year.

Photo Credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Suleika Jaouad
Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir, Between Two Kingdoms. She wrote the Emmy Award-winning New York Times column “Life, Interrupted” and her reported features and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Vogue, and NPR, among other publications. A highly sought-after speaker, her mainstage TED Talk was one of the ten most popular of 2019 and has nearly five million views. She is also the creator of the Isolation Journals, a community creativity project founded during the Covid-19 pandemic to help others convert isolation into artistic solitude; over 100,000 people from around the world have joined.

Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan


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