Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie (Courtesy Random House Publishing)

Salman Rushdie, the author condemned to die by Iran's former spiritual leader more than 20 years ago for his book "The Satanic Verses," will speak at Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado on April 17.

Rushdie will deliver a lecture titled “Public Event, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World," which will weave together the worlds of literature, politics and philosophy. He will speak on the major themes in his writing, his life and the world.

After the lecture portion of the event, Rushdie will take part in a question and answer session with members of the audience. He is appearing as part of the student-run Distinguished Speakers Board series.

Rushdie has appeared at CU before, once at a 1992 conference attended by astronomer Carl Sagan, author William Styron and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. In 2005, Rushdie gave a presentation at Macky Auditorium.

Rushdie's various works have won many of the world's top literary prizes, including the prestigious Booker Prize for his book "Midnight's Children." His novels also include "The Moor's Last Sigh," "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" and "The Enchantress of Florence."

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Community tickets -- priced at $15 -- go on sale today while student tickets -- priced at $2 -- will go on sale April 1. For the latest ticket information, visit the Distinguished Speakers Board's Facebook page or Macky's website.