TIFA is back in person — with ‘joy and energy’

TIFA is back in person — with ‘joy and energy’

For the first time since 2019, the Toronto International Festival of Authors is back with in-person events, something that director Roland Gulliver greets with a sigh of relief. He first joined TIFA in February 2020, just as the world was going into lockdown. What followed were two festivals that were almost exclusively remote. “It’s so … Read more

Booker Prize 2022: Shortest books make shortlist | Books | DW

Booker Prize 2022: Shortest books make shortlist | Books | DW

Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for fiction has revealed the six shortlisted books for this year’s award — with the shortlist including two books that are the shortest ever in terms of word and page count. If Englishman Alan Garner were to win for his novel “Treacle Walker,” about a young boy who is visited by a wandering … Read more

Salman Rushdie wasn’t the first novelist someone tried to assassinate without reading their book

Salman Rushdie wasn’t the first novelist someone tried to assassinate without reading their book

Hadi Matar, the man charged with the attempted murder of the distinguished novelist Salman Rushdie, admitted that he had only “read like two pages” of The Satanic Verses, Rushdie’s 1988 novel that angered fundamentalist Muslims around the world. Iran’s former Supreme Leader, Ayatalloh Ruhollah Khomeini, who announced a fatwa calling on all Muslims to murder … Read more

Rushdie Wasn’t the First Novelist to Suffer a Murder Attempt by Someone Who Hadn’t Read The Book

Rushdie Wasn’t the First Novelist to Suffer a Murder Attempt by Someone Who Hadn’t Read The Book

Hadi Matar, the man charged with the attempted murder of the distinguished novelist Salman Rushdie, admitted that he had only “read like two pages” of The Satanic Verses, Rushdie’s 1988 novel that angered fundamentalist Muslims around the world. Iran’s former Supreme Leader, Ayatalloh Ruhollah Khomeini, who announced a fatwa calling on all Muslims to murder … Read more

Reading Rushdie in Iraq – The Atlantic

Reading Rushdie in Iraq – The Atlantic

In the spring of 1989, a 21-year-old Iraqi university student named Ali came home and made a shocking discovery: On the living-room table of his family’s home was a copy of The Satanic Verses. A friend of Ali’s father had smuggled Salman Rushdie’s controversial book from London, removing its distinctive blue cover and hiding it … Read more

Free Speech Can’t Survive as an Abstraction

Free Speech Can’t Survive as an Abstraction

The man who was about to interview Salman Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institution last Friday when a would-be murderer ran onstage with a knife is a 73-year-old former telemarketing entrepreneur from Pittsburgh named Henry Reese. He wears bow ties and speaks with a low-key, husky voice and shuns attention. But Reese and his wife, Diane … Read more

Authors and Friends Rally and Read for Salman Rushdie – NBC New York

Authors and Friends Rally and Read for Salman Rushdie – NBC New York

Friends and fellow authors spoke out on Salman Rushdie’s behalf during a rally Friday on the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library, one week after he was attacked onstage in the western part of the state and hospitalized with stab wounds. Rushdie’s condition has improved, and, according to his literary … Read more

‘The attack on Salman Rushdie is an attack on creative imagination’

‘The attack on Salman Rushdie is an attack on creative imagination’

Last week’s attack on writer Salman Rushdie, 75, in Chautauqua, New York, while he waited to deliver a lecture, has left the literary and art world in shock. “The attack on Rushdie was an attack on the creative imagination. The barbaric and inhuman assassination attempt that played itself out in New York is also an … Read more

Salman Rushdie’s books top Amazon’s bestseller lists after stabbing

Salman Rushdie’s books top Amazon’s bestseller lists after stabbing

British author Salman Rushdie poses behind some copies of his book “Joseph Anton” on October 1, 2012 in Berlin. Author Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” topped several Amazon’s bestsellers lists on Tuesday, days after he sustained serious injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in New York. Johannes Eisele | Afp | Getty Images Author … Read more