Salman Rushdie, the India-born Booker Prize winning author on 20 June 2014 was named as the winner of 2014 Pen Pinter Prize. Rushdie (67-year-old) was chosen for the prestigious award for his outstanding literary output and support for freedom of expression. He will be given the award at the British Library in London on 9 October 2014.
Rushdie’s famous books are Midnight's Children (won Booker Prize), Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Satanic Verses and others. His book The Satanic Verses became most famous due to fatwa issued against the book by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini claiming that the novel was an insult to Islam.
The prize will be shared with an International Writer of Courage selected by him in association with English Pen’s Writers at Risk committee.
• Chairperson of the Judging Panel: Maureen Freely (also President of English Pen)
• Fellow Judge were: Antonia Fraser (Harold Pinter's widow), Michael Billington, Simon Jenkins, Kamila Shamsie
About Pen Printer Prize
The Pen Printer Prize is an annual literary award was established in 2009 by writers’ charity English Pen. It was formed in memory of famous British playwright and Nobel laureate Harold Pinter.
Previous winners of the Pen Pinter prize are
• Tony Harrison a British author was awarded in 2009
• Hanif Kureishi a British writer was awarded in 2010
• David Hare a British writer was awarded in 2011
• Carol Ann Duffy a British writer was awarded in 2012
• Tom Stoppard a British writer was awarded in 2013
Who: Slaman Rushdie
Where: in London
When: 20 June 2014