British Library to Host Salman Rushdie Celebration Event | Books

Writers like Monica Ali, Hanif Kureishi, Julian Barnes and Nigella Lawson will come together this week at an event to celebrate Salman Rushdie.

An evening for Salman Rushdie will be held at the British Library in London on October 13, and members of the public will be invited to participate in person or by watching a live broadcast.

Mona Arshi, Melvyn Bragg, Mariella Frostrup, Meena Kandasamy, Kathy Lette, Pauline Melville, Margie Orford, Philippe Sands, Burhan Sönmez and Alan Yentob also participated by sharing readings or reflections.

The event comes two months after Rushdie was attacked shortly before giving a talk at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state on August 12.

The 75-year-old was stabbed in the neck and chest and was hospitalized with serious injuries from which he is recovering.

Rushdie’s alleged attacker, Hadi Matar, has pleaded not guilty to attempted second-degree murder and assault.

The attack came more than three decades after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Iran’s supreme leader, issued a fatwa or religious edict, calling on Muslims to assassinate the author months after the Verses were published. satanic.

Speaking weeks before he was attacked, Rushdie told German news magazine Stern that his life was “very normal again”.

Prior to his attack, he had signed a letter expressing “serious concern over the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in India”, while his lecture at the Chautauqua Institution was to focus on the importance for states- States to grant asylum to exiled writers.

Thursday’s British Library event is described as a rally to celebrate “Rushdie’s strength and dedication as a writer, activist and champion of free speech”.

It was organized by English PEN, PEN International, Index on Censorship, ARTICLE 19, Humanists UK and Rushdie’s publisher, Penguin Random House UK.

The rally follows a similar event in New York, which took place a week after Rushdie’s attack. At the event, titled Stand With Salman: Defend the Freedom to Write, crowds gathered near the steps of the New York Public Library to watch writers such as Jeffrey Eugenides, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Siri Hustvedt and Gay Talese read works by Rushdie.

An Evening for Salman Rushdie will be simulcast live on the British Library platform and free tickets can be booked for in-person or virtual attendance.

Tickets are available on the British Library website.