India-born author Salman Rushdie has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
He has been bestowed with this award for fully exercising his freedom of creativity and thrived on dialogue and debate.
He was presented with this award by Laurie Anderson at a ceremony held at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York City.
About Salman Rushdie
- Mr Rushdie was born on 19 June 1947 in then Bombay Presidency (now Mumbai).
- He has authored 12 novels including the Booker Prize winner novel Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses.
- His most recent novel is Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, published in September 2015.
- He is a Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature, Britain’s senior literary organisation.
- Awards and Honours: Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), Writers’ Guild Award, European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, London International Writers’ Award and US National Arts Award.
- He holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at six European and six American universities. He is also an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at MIT and University Distinguished Professor at Emory University.
About Mailer Prize
- Mailer Prize is an American literary award established in 2009 by The Norman Mailer Center.
- The prize is named after renowned American writer Norman Mailer who is considered among the most influential writers of the second half of the 20th century.
- It is awarded to writer whose work over the years has challenged readers’ perspectives on the world around them.