Join PEN America Today
Defend free expression, support persecuted writers, and promote literary culture.
Get updates on events, literary awards, free expression issues, and global news.
"@SalmanRushdie has been targeted for his words for decades, but he has never flinched nor faltered," writes @SuzanneNossel. "He has been an unflagging, unflappable presence in the public arena... (always) standing with others who are vulnerable & menaced" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/13/salman-rushdies-entire-life-has-been-an-act-of-defiance
The attack on Salman Rushdie has prompted renewed interest in previous attacks on people connected to his 1988 novel, “The Satanic Verses,” including its Japanese translator, Hitoshi Igarashi, who was stabbed to death in 1991 at a university near Tokyo. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/13/world/asia/rushdie-attack-japanese-translator.html
Henry Reese, Board Chair of @cityofasylum and advisory committee member of PEN America's @AtRiskArtists was treated and released from the hospital after suffering a facial injury in today's attack. He writes:
"Salman Rushdie is one of the great authors of our time and one of...