Video: Salman Rushdie Presents Leonard Cohen PEN Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award

First PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award Ceremony

This February 26, 2012 video features Salman Rushdie’s speech, “At The Level Of The Line,” Shawn Colvin singing Leonard Cohen’s “Come Healing,” and Leonard Cohen’s acceptance speech.

In 2017, Rushdie said

When I heard Cohen had died I decided to put it in as a kind of homage, I met him once, when I presented an award to him on behalf of PEN. He was such a sweet man. I even have a photograph of myself being kissed by him. One of my most prized possessions.1


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Credit Due Department: Video uploaded by Ilia. I was alerted to the video by Hermitage Prisoner

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Feb 27, 2012.


  1. From Salman Rushdie casts an eye on Trump’s America in The Golden House by Ian McGillis (Montreal Gazette: 28 September 2017) []

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