India-born author Sir Ahmad Salman Rushdie (68) has been conferred with Mailer Center’s Annual Lifetime Achievement Prize that honours writers who fully exercise their freedom of creativity and thrive on dialogue and debate.
- The prize is named after renowned American writer Norman Mailer, considered among the most influential writers of the second half of the 20th century.
About Salman Rushdie
1947 born Salman Rushdie is a British Indian author of 12 novels. His most recent novel, “Two Years Eight Months” and “Twenty-Eight Nights” was published in September 2015.
- In 1981 his novel, “Midnight’s Children” won the Booker Prize.
- In 1983 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
- Between 2004 and 2006 he served as President of PEN American Center and for ten years served as the Chairman of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival.
- In 2008, The Times ranked him thirteenth on its list of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945.
- He has also worked at Emory University and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Awards & Honours:
Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the Writer’s Guild Award, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, the London International Writer’s Award and a US National Arts Award.
- He holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at 6 European and 6 American universities.
- He is also an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at MIT and University Distinguished Professor at Emory University.
About Mailer Prize
The Norman Mailer Prize or Mailer Prize is an American literary award established in 2009 by. It recognizes writers from all over the world in all genres which recognizes work over the years have challenged reader’s perspectives on the world around them.