Salman Rushdie is the acclaimed author of 11 novels, including Grimus, Shame, The Satanic Verses, and Midnight’s Children, which was awarded the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker. Rushdie has also received the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, among other awards, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the president of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival, which he helped create, and was knighted for services to literature. Rushdie’s books have been translated into more than 40 languages. He lives in Manhattan.
Deborah Treisman is the fiction editor at The New Yorker. She is the host of that publication’s award-winning fiction podcast, the editor of the anthology 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker, and the recipient of the 2012 Maxwell Perkins Award for Distinguished Contribution to Fiction.