Stand With Salman: Defend the Freedom to Write

Salman Rushdie Headshot, Credit To Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths


Writers around the globe stand in solidarity with Salman Rushdie and celebrate his tireless advocacy for the freedom of expression and the plight of imperiled writers around the globe. Join PEN America, The New York Public Library, and Penguin Random House as we gather with friends, supporters, readers, and members of the literary community to read from selected texts from Rushdie’s body of work. Readers include: Paul Auster, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Tina Brown, Francesco Clemente, Kiran Desai, Andrea Elliott, Jeffrey Eugenides, Amanda Foreman, A.M. Homes, Siri Hustvedt, Hari Kunzru, Aasif Mandvi, Colum McCann, Douglas Murray, Andrew Solomon, and Gay Talese (list in formation). Other partners include House of Speakeasy.

Can’t be in Manhattan? You can still show your support by: 

    • Hosting a public reading of Salman Rushdie’s work in your community.
    • Posting your own home video reading a quick passage of Rushdie’s work; make sure to use #StandWithSalman and tag us @penamerica.
    • Following our live coverage @PENamerica on Twitter.


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In partnership with

Organizations in solidarity:
  • BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
  • Brooklyn Book Festival
  • Fledgling Writing Workshops
  • Ars Poetica
  • Cave Canem
  • Bronx Council on the Arts
  • LittlePuss Press
  • NY Writers Coalition
  • The Center for Fiction
  • Lambda Literary
  • Asian American Writers Workshop
  • The New Press
  • The Authors Guild
  • The Nuyorican Poets Cafe
  • Kundiman
  • Writers Guild of America
  • Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR)
  • Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE)
  • Community of Literary Magazines and Presses
  • McPherson & Company
  • Unbound Edition Press
  • Journal of the Plague Years
  • Rain Mountain Press
  • Coolest Stories Press
  • DePaul’s Blue Book: Best American High School Writing
  • Ig Publishing
  • Half and One, India
  • Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal
  • Regal House Publishing
  • Rain Taxi Review of Books
  • PEN International
  • English PEN