Salman Rushdie’s Book Tour Rolls Through Google

Salman Rushdie’s latest book, The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel, has hit the streets. And it comes just three years after his last one, Shalimar the Clown, which makes him a good deal more prolific than many of his contemporaries. (A piece in The Guardian — The Great American Pause — notes that many celebrated novelists have been publishing books a bit more leisurely, often once every 10, 12 or even 20 years.) During his book tour last week, Rushdie traveled to Google’s HQ, where, among other things, he talked about how he used Google and other online tools to do the historical research for The Enchantress of Florence. The talk runs a good 70 minutes, and it takes you through the process that brought his work from concept to reality. Watch the video below.

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