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BPC Bulletin October 2, 2023

BPC Bulletin: Salman Rushdie Gives New Interviews

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.

After spending months recovering from an assassin’s attack, Salman Rushdie has returned to writing and giving interviews.

Rushdie was attacked and seriously wounded at a literary event in Chautauqua, New York State, on August 12, 2022.

His attacker was a 24-year-old American man who admired the Islamic Republic of Iran and disliked Rushdie for his views on Islam.

Rushdie spoke to interviewers, among other things, about writing, his books, free expression, appropriation of voice and the persecution of writers.


In the United States, a French interviewer talks to Rushdie in English. Subtitles appear in French:

An interviewer who works for BBC News India talks to Rushdie:

 In Washington, D.C., an interviewer at the Financial Times Weekend Festival talks to Rushdie: 

Rushdie speaks at his first public appearance since the attack to accept PEN America’s Centenary Courage Award:

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

BPC Bulletin
October 2, 2023
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