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LIVE from the NYPL: A Celebration of The Paris Review : Salman Rushdie, Philip Gourevitch and Miranda July with The Hungry March Band

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September 17, 2005

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum

Come celebrate the roll-out of the first issue! It's taller, it's trimmer, its shoulders are broader-- The Paris Review , long the heavyweight champion of literary magazines, has been redesigned and revitalized for the new century under the editorship of Philip Gourevitch. Gourevitch will join LIVE from the NYPL for an evening of conversation with, and reading by, Salman Rushdie, subject of the Art of Fiction interview in the current issue of The Paris Review, and Miranda July, contributor to The Paris Review Book of People with Problems published by Picador.

And in keeping with the magazine's late editor George Plimpton's taste for high kicking can-can dancers, The Paris Review and LIVE from the NYPL crowd will be joined at 6:30 pm by The Hungry March Band!

Co-presented with The Paris Review and Picador.

About Salman Rushdie:

Salman Rushdie's most recent book is Shalimar the Clown. He has written eight previous novels ? Grimus, Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the ?Booker of Bookers?), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and Fury and one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published five works of nonfiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, The Wizard of Oz, Mirrorwork, and Step Across This Line. He has served as honorary Vice-President, Member Trustee-at-Large, and now President of PEN American Center. He was also a founder and first President of the International Parliament of Writers.

About Philip Gourevitch:

Philip Gourevitch is editor of The Paris Review and a well-known author and long-time staff writer of The New Yorker. His book, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda has won numerous prizes, including a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a George Polk Book Award, and in Britain, the Guardian First Book Award. His book, A Cold Case, is being adapted for the screen by Tom Hanks and Universal Pictures. His books have appeared in translation in ten languages.

About Miranda July:

Miranda July makes movies, performances, recordings and combinations of these things. Her work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, The Kitchen, the 2002 and 2004 Whitney Biennials, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. July's stories have been published in The Paris Review and The Harvard Review and her radio performances can be heard regularly on NPR's The Next Big Thing. July's first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know received a special jury prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her story "Birthmark" is included in The Paris Review book of People with Problems just out from Picador (2005).

About The Hungry Band:

The HMB is a 25-piece Brass March Band based in Brooklyn. They are a community-based group with a membership as diverse as the music they play. Their musical repertoire consists of original compositions written by band members as well as songs from New Orleans street bands, European brass traditions, Gypsy/Roma classics, wedding brass bands from India, and the jazz world. The band is an ever evolving musical experiment influenced and inspired from Brooklyn's backyard with Latin flavor, Klezmer sounds, polish jigs, punk rock noise, hip hop beats and music of the streets. A blazing parade of flesh, blood, steel, brass and wood, The Hungry March Band is the music of the people!