What Would You Ask This Man?

Salman Rushdie will be in town tomorrow to read from his new novel, Shalimar the Clown. And I was asked whether I’d like to interview him.

Oh, sure, I said. Let me just check my busy schedule. I’ll try to fit him in.

Needless to say, I’m a pack of nerves. I wish I had a personal cheering section, complete with mascot doing the worm, like in that Starbucks commercial. The kids would be chanting, “Laila! Laila!” as I walk in to meet him. Maybe a triple espresso will do it.

Later on in the day, I’ll be going to the reading organized by Powell’s. Here are the details:

Salman Rushdie
Friday the 23rd
First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th Avenue
Downtown Portland

So stop by and say hi. Or, tune in next week and I may give a little preview of what it was like to meet the man who wrote Midnight’s Children. (What, you thought I was going to name the other book?)