Salman Rushdie was still in hiding when we talked to him in New York about his sixth novel, The Ground Beneath Her Feet.
In fact, NOW writer Matt Galloway - now host of CBC Radio's Metro Morning - feared he'd never find the famed writer, still under the Ayatollah's fatwa.
Rushdie, having fully surfaced, has recently forged a strong creative bond with Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, who's adapting his 1981 Midnight's Children. It's just been announced that the feature will be released in October. Rushdie's on his way to Ottawa to pay tribute to Mehta at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards gala on Saturday (May 5). (Page 38 of the issue)