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“I dabble in modernity,” says legendary author Margaret Atwood on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. Judging by her twitter following and her active participation in the development of new digital technologies, we think Atwood is being more than a little modest.
Salman Rushdie explains why prose literature—more so than movies, television, and theater—has historically been, and continues to be, at the forefront of opposition to tyranny. Though literature can survive tyranny, the writers behind the ideas seldom do. The question becomes: how can imaginative artists continue to tell the stories of their time without being assaulted, jailed, or worse.
"The reason why books endure is not that people dislike them or there’s a controversy around them. The reason why books endure is because there are enough people who like them. It’s the only reason why books last. It’s the people who love books that make them last, not the people who attack them."
Salman Rushdie, legendary author and Lavin speaker, talking to the New York Daily News about his controversial book The Satanic Verses.
"The language of the Internet is English. And that is absolutely contributing to the disappearance of languages. On the other hand, modern technology allows linguists to capture and store endangered languages."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Lavin speaker Jared Diamond, speaking at The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History.
Here’s Lavin speaker Salman Rushdie at the Toronto International Film Festival last week (we were there!): “Every writer I know who’s had a successful experience having their book turned into a film has felt [an] intimacy with the director.” His triple-Booker Prize-winning novel, Midnight’s Children, is currently being directed by Deepa Mehta.