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Return Trip: Novelist Salman Rushdie to visit Harrisburg in December

Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg

Two years ago, it was big news when world-renowned author Salman Rushdie ventured to Harrisburg. Now, he’s coming back.

Midtown Scholar Bookstore today announced that Rushdie will visit again in December to promote his latest novel, “Quichotte.”

“We’re thrilled to have Salman Rushdie back in Harrisburg,” said Alex Brubaker, manager of Midtown Scholar. “He really enjoyed his visit to the city a couple years ago, so we’re honored to welcome him back for his new novel.”

“Quichotte” is a modern-day take of the Cervantes’ classic, “Don Quixote,” telling the story of a hack genre novelist and his titular character. It is a sprawling novel that is both an homage to the classic literary work and a quest for love and family, Brubaker said. It was just published in the United States yesterday.

Rushdie first came to Harrisburg in September 2017 as part of a 12-city book tour to promote his novel, “The Golden House.” During that visit, attendees packed into Midtown Scholar as the author read from his novel, answered audience questions and signed books.

Rushdie’s December appearance will proceed much like the previous visit, Brubaker said. The ticketed event will cost $37 and includes a signed copy of “Quichotte.” Tickets must be purchased in advance and are expected to sell out quickly, he said.

“The book was recently shortlisted for the Booker Prize, so it’s especially exciting for him to return to Harrisburg for a novel that’s received so much praise,” Brubaker said. “He’s in top form with this one, so it’s going to be an unforgettable evening.”

Rushdie is the author of 13 previous novels, perhaps best known for his 1981 novel, “Midnight’s Children,” and his controversial 1988 work, “The Satanic Verses.” Queen Elizabeth II knighted Rushdie, who is of British-Indian descent, in 2007.

“An Evening with Salman Rushdie” takes place Dec. 9, starting at 7 p.m., at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. To purchase a ticket, visit

Pictured above: Salman Rushdie speaks at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in September 2017. Credit: Seung Chon

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