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Ian McEwan comes out for Charlie Hebdo, against PEN copouts
May 21, 2015 | 3:17 pm

Salon_du_livre_de_Paris_2011_-_Ian_McEwan_-_003Celebrated British novelist Ian McEwan has given a magisterial commencement address at Dickinson College in support of the principle of free speech in general, of Charlie Hebdo in particular, and against those fellow writers who withdrew from the PEN America Center gala held to award its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo. The address has been posted up as a video and a full transcript by Time Magazine here, and as a video by Huffington Post here. I won't bother copying and pasting the whole text, which is available to all. McEwan's address on the genesis and importance of...

PEN decides “Je suis Charlie” – but some authors don’t
May 1, 2015 | 12:25 pm

PEN has witnessed some strong internal opposition and argument over the decision of the PEN America Center to award its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo, after the attacks in Paris. Six writers, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Peter Carey, and Taiye Selasi, declined to attend the associated gala over this issue. PEN itself announced the news under the headline "Six Pen Members Decline Gala After Award for Charlie Hebdo." Condemnation of the six authors' decision was widespread. Salman Rushdie tweeted: "PEN is holding firm. Just 6 pussies. Six Authors in Search of a bit of...

South African novelist ZP Dala praises Salman Rushdie, ends in mental asylum
April 13, 2015 | 2:25 pm

New details, and condemnations from English PEN, American PEN and many other quarters, are still coming in following reports that South African novelist ZP Dala has been admitted to a mental asylum in Durban, after remarks in praise of Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, and attacks on her that ensued. The original statement from her publisher declared: Author ZP Dala, one of the featured writers at the Time of the Writer Festival taking place in Durban from 16 to 21 March, was assaulted in Overport, Durban, on Wednesday, 18 March. The attack came after a session in which she expressed...

Humble Bundle announces audiobook bundle
January 21, 2014 | 4:28 pm

palehorseWell, the Humble Bundle once again breaks new ground. Not content to have offered pay-what-you-want sales in computer games, music, and e-books (twice), now it’s launched an audiobook bundle. The titles you get for paying anything within the next two weeks include: The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (Anyone remember when the fatwa Rushdie got for writing it was the biggest Islamic scare story to hit the news? My those days seem quaint now.) Stolen by Lucy Christopher Abandon by Meg Cabot Junky by William S. Burroughs...

Ignore the Doomsayers: The Book Industry Is Actually Adapting Well
November 3, 2012 | 3:45 pm

Source - Institute for Publishing Research  Numbers show that the publishing industry is handling the rise of e-readers better than what folk knowledge might suggest. The fall publishing season is in full swing. There can hardly have been a year with more luminaries atop both the fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists; J. K. Rowling, Michael Chabon, Ken Follett, Junot Diaz, among others, represent literary acclaim and commercial appeal. Diaz (This Is How You Lose Her) is having an especially good run: He is both a National Book Award finalist and a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" prize. Stephen Colbert, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Young, Bob Woodward, and Salman Rushdie...

Salman Rushdie discusses his work with Booktrack
February 11, 2012 | 3:17 pm

Salon Magazine has an article on author Salman Rushdie, who 22 years ago was the subject of a Muslim fatwa for writing uncomplimentary things about Mohammed in his book The Satanic Verses. While the article’s headline focuses on Rushdie’s current situation with regard to the fatwa (he notes that it’s been ten years since there was “any real security issue”), most of the article is actually taken up by discussing Rushdie’s participation in the Booktrack e-book soundtrack program. Rushdie attended a dinner sponsored by Booktrack to commemorate publishing a Booktrack-enhanced Rushdie short story, “In the South”. He gave a...

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