Authors to celebrate Salman Rushdie’s work at British Library

Two months after Salman Rushdie was stabbed on stage in New York, friends, colleagues and fellow authors will gather in London to celebrate his “strength and dedication as a writer, activist, and a champion of free expression”.

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

An Evening for Salman Rushdie will be simultaneously livestreamed 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.

The event is organised by English PEN, PEN International, Index on Censorship, ARTICLE 19, Humanists UK, and Rushdie’s publisher Penguin Random House UK.

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