Celebrating my prized autographed copy of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie‘s 1981 masterpiece, Midnight’s Children was made into a movie. When you’re reading some books you cannot imagine how they could be movies. Especially Rushdie’s books. And not for lack of plot. Certainly not for lack of witty dialogue. Nor is there lack of heroes. No, the only reason you can’t imagine them being made into movies is because the language is so beautifully brilliant. The wordplay is inspiring. When you read Rushdie, you read a man who loves words.

But Rushdie wrote the screenplay. He rewrote the 533 pages into a two and a half hour movie. And what’s the best news after that? Rushdie himself is the narrator. So all doubts disappear. The bard has become the voice.

Almost a month ago the movie production company started an autographed book or movie poster giveaway on facebook. All you had to do was tag a friend that you would see the movie with. I did and won an autographed book!

Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Here I am, after work, showing off my prize to my colleagues.

Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Note the autograph!!

And perhaps this book is so great it deserved two photo shoots. The previous one for the original Booker prize it won in 1981 and this one here for the Booker of Booker prize it won in 2008.

Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

I’m incredibly pleased with my prize, because as much as I love Midnight’s Children, I’m afraid I don’t know what I would do with the poster. (Much like the blow up academy award I caught at a Chuck Palahniuk reading). But they sent me the book, and so here it is, nestled in its new home with all my old books.

Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Shame, Fury, The Jaguar Smile, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, Joseph Anton, The Enchantress of Florence, Shalimar the Clown, Step Across this Line, Luka and the Fire of life


  1. I have an autographed copy too. I’ve collected signed first editions of contemporary literary authors for years, so mine copy is hardcover, but I know how you feel to hold a book you revere in your hands that has been signed by the author. Almost makes your fingers tingle


  2. Yes, it’s quite exhilarating. I have six autographed books by Rushdie. All of them are first edition hardbacks except this prize. And I didn’t have this edition, so I was excited to add it to my library.


    1. Hello, I am wondering if it would be okay for me to use your photo of the stack of books. I am looking for a photo of Salmon Rushdie books to use on an event promotion graphic at our university.


  3. Wonderful, thank you so much. He’ll be here on Feb. 18th. The graphic that includes your photo will be in our homepage slider starting next week. I will be sure to include the photo credit. https://www.unca.edu


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