The Magic of Imagination

Salman Rushdie transports Inprint guests on a magic carpet ride through the world of fiction

Salman Rushdie transports guests Inprint guests on magic carpet ride

3 Jeff Fort, from left, Andrea White and Salman Rushdie at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Dinner chairs Jeff Fort, left, and Andrea White with guest author  Salman Rushdie. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Consuelo Duroc-Danner, left, and Christina Bryan at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Inprint board chair Consuelo Duroc-Danner, left, and baord president Christina Bryan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
26 Ali and Frank Donnelly at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Ali and Frank Donnelly. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
20 Rich Levy, left, with Irene and Ron Johnson at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Inprint  Inc. executive director Rich Levy, left, with Irene and Ron Johnson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Tiphanie Yanique, from left, Nina McConigley and Kimberly Meyer at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Guest authors reading from their books Tiphanie Yanique, from left, Nina McConigley and Kimberly Meyer. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
23 Trey Peacock, from left, Kristen Schlemmer and Mark Wauro at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Trey Peacock, from left, Kristen Schlemmer and Mark Wauro. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
21 Gracie Cavnar, left, with Albert and Ann Chao at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Gracie Cavnar, left, with Albert and Ann Chao. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Phoebe and Bobby Tudor at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
24 Adam Hockensmith and Tran Le at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Adam Hockensmith and Tran Le. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
22 Eleanor Gilbene, from left, Amy Krasner, Keely Sklar and Jennifer Nelson at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Eleanor Gilbene, from left, Amy Krasner, Keely Sklar and Jennifer Nelson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Leo Espino and Lydia Protopapas at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Leo Espino and Lydia Protopapas. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Lynn Hudson and Mack Fowler at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Lynn Hudson and Mack Fowler. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Stanford and Susie Criner at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Stanford and Susie Criner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Karen Caldwell, from left, Terry Wayne Jones and Carolyn Davis at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Karen Caldwell, from left, Terry Wayne Jones and Carolyn Davis. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Andrew and Joanna Strachan at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Andrew and Joanna Strachan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
10 Marc Grossberg, left, with Brooke and Dan Feather at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Marc Grossberg, left, with Brooke and Dan Feather. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 Margot Williams, from left, George Rau, Emily Manderson and Kate Vickery at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Margot Williams, from left, George Rau, Emily Manderson and Kate Vickery. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Ellen and Michael Brottman, left, with Dinah Chetrit at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Ellen and Michael Brottman, left, with Dinah Chetrit. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Salman Rushdie at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Salman Rushdie. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Jeff Fort, from left, Andrea White and Salman Rushdie at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Consuelo Duroc-Danner, left, and Christina Bryan at the Inprint Ball February 2015
26 Ali and Frank Donnelly at the Inprint Ball February 2015
20 Rich Levy, left, with Irene and Ron Johnson at the Inprint Ball February 2015
4 Tiphanie Yanique, from left, Nina McConigley and Kimberly Meyer at the Inprint Ball February 2015
23 Trey Peacock, from left, Kristen Schlemmer and Mark Wauro at the Inprint Ball February 2015
21 Gracie Cavnar, left, with Albert and Ann Chao at the Inprint Ball February 2015
19 Phoebe and Bobby Tudor at the Inprint Ball February 2015
24 Adam Hockensmith and Tran Le at the Inprint Ball February 2015
22 Eleanor Gilbene, from left, Amy Krasner, Keely Sklar and Jennifer Nelson at the Inprint Ball February 2015
17 Leo Espino and Lydia Protopapas at the Inprint Ball February 2015
16 Lynn Hudson and Mack Fowler at the Inprint Ball February 2015
14 Stanford and Susie Criner at the Inprint Ball February 2015
12 Karen Caldwell, from left, Terry Wayne Jones and Carolyn Davis at the Inprint Ball February 2015
11 Andrew and Joanna Strachan at the Inprint Ball February 2015
10 Marc Grossberg, left, with Brooke and Dan Feather at the Inprint Ball February 2015
9 Margot Williams, from left, George Rau, Emily Manderson and Kate Vickery at the Inprint Ball February 2015
7 Ellen and Michael Brottman, left, with Dinah Chetrit at the Inprint Ball February 2015
Salman Rushdie at the Inprint Ball February 2015

Ah, the imaginative world of stories and books, the value that fiction imparts to the human condition, the power of the imaginary world in our daily lives — internationally-renowned author Salman Rushdie mesmerized guests attending the 2015 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball with his view of the fantastic in literature.

"I want to talk about falling in love with stories and books because I believe that the books and stories we fall in love with make us who we are," he told the sellout crowd of 426. "Or not to claim too much, but that the act of falling in love with a book or story changes us in some way and the beloved tale becomes a part of our picture of the world. A part of the way in which we understand things and in which we make choices in our daily lives."

At the end of his talk, guests in the Houston Country Club ballroom rose to salute the famed author with a standing ovation. It was Rushdie's third visit to the city for Inprint Inc., twice before presenting readings in the Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.

Inprint executive director Rich Levy noted of Rushdie's speech, "His talk was perfect — smart, funny, inspiring, about the power and value of imaginative fiction. It was truly a joy. Everyone loved it and we couldn't be more grateful." 

Salon style readings preceded Rushdie's post-dinner presentation. Young writers Nina McConigley, Kimberly Meyer and Tiphanie Yanique shared entertaining excerpts from their most recent books.

The evening was chaired by Joan and Stanford Alexander, Jeff Fort and Andrea and Bill White and raised $460,000 for Inprint's community programs that include literary performance programs, readings for young people and writers workshops. 

Among those applauding the literary contingent were Inprint board chair Consuelo Duroc-Danner, Inprint board president Christina Byran with Trey Peacock, Michael Zilkha, Sis and Hasty Johnson, Eleanor and Dan Gilbane, Susie and Sanford Criner, Robin Angly and Miles Smith, Cece and Mack Fowler, and Luba and Alan Bigman.

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