-------------World Open Voices Festival, May 6-12 in NYCity------
I Wonder How Many of Us Remember British Indian Novelist, Salman Rushdie ?
This morning, the Washington Post announced this week marks the 30th Anniversary of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa against Salman Rushdie. The late Iranian leader, offended by Rushdie’s portrayal of Muhammad in “The Satanic Verses” (1988), called for Muslims anywhere in the world to kill the novelist. The result was one of the most terrifying threats to freedom of expression in the modern era.
“The Satanic Verses” was banned in about a dozen countries, bookstores around the world were bombed, and the novel's Japanese translator was stabbed to death. With a bounty on his head, Rushdie went into hiding under the protection of the British government.
Fortunately, the novelist’s life has since returned to normal. In May, the America World Voices Festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary in New York. The festival was "founded by Salman Rushdie in the years after 9/11 out of a fear that the channels of contact between the U.S. and the rest of the world were being choked off by neo-isolationism."
"Rushdie's legacy is this unique annual gathering of hundreds of writers from around the world to try to make sense of the trends that divide people and impair open exchange."