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Interviews, discussions and various media events

April 8 2010, an evening was held by Toronto Public Library, to celebrate to 150th anniversary of the Rubáiyát. Actor David Calderisi recited the poem, as part of a programme in which he tells the story of how the poem came to be written and what it went on to become. The second part is a presentation of the poem, not as a reading nor a recital: he presents it from memory as the voice of Khayyam.
More information on Calderisi's website: http://www.okdac.net

The Curse of the "Great Omar"
The Harry Ransom Center tells the story of the "Great Omar"

Around 1909, bookbinder Francis Sangorski decided to produce the greatest binding of all time: a jeweled edition of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám with illustrations by Elihu Vedder. The magnificent book was created and contained almost 1,200 jewels, but the book and its binder seemed doomed from the beginning. Hear the curators of The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West tell the tragic story of what happened to the greatest binding ever created.

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Displaying the Rubáiyát in Miniature

One manifestation of the Rubáiyát's popularity was the publication of dozens of miniature editions, 29 of which have been included in the exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center. Exhibition Services staff member Sonja Reid and Curator of British and American Literature and exhibition co-curator Molly Schwartzburg discuss their collaborative project to create an effective display for these compelling artifacts.

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Harry Ransom Center Presents "Rubáiyát Film Series" in Spring

In conjunction with the exhibition "The Persian Sensation: 'The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám' in the West," the Harry Ransom Center presents the "Rubáiyát Film Series" throughout the spring (of 2009)

The following films will be screened in the series:
Feb. 24: William Dieterle's "The Lives, Loves, and Adventures of Omar Khayyam" (1957), starring Cornel Wilde.
March 24: Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's "The Wind Will Carry Us" (1999).
April 28: Kayvan Mashayekh's "The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam" (2005), starring Vanessa Redgrave and Adam Echahly.

Het jaar van Omar Khayyám

The anniversary year 2009 is reason for an interview with Jos Biegstraaten, president of the Dutch Omar Khayyám Society.
Boekenpost 101, vol. 17, May/June 2009, p. 43-45

Islamitische canon. Talkshow met Jos Biegstraaten, 17 maart 2009

In de rubriek Islamitische canon vertelt Jos Biegstraaten, voorzitter van het Nederlands Omar Khayyam genootschap, over het boek dat voor hem persoonlijk de essentie van de islamitische (culturele / literaire) traditie bevat. Hij draagt het boek Rubáiyát van Omar Khayyam aan.
eTalkshow Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, 17 maart 2009, Nederlandse Islamitische Omroep, Radio 5, 19.00 - 21.00 uur.
Jos Biegstraaten over Omar Khayyám

Old Fitz and the mysterious Persian poet. Steven Russel
This year marks the 150th anniversary of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - 'probably the best-known poem in the world'. So what is it, and it is any good? Steven Russell aims to find out.

East Anglia Daily Times, 11-2-2009