Salman Rushdie: Edinburgh International Book Festival invites authors appearing to read a sentence from one of Salman Rushdie’s books after stabbing in New York

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Sir Salman Rushdie is said to be on a ventilator and could lose an eye after being stabbed on stage.

It remains unclear why Sir Salman’s attacker, identified by police as Hadi Mattar of Fairview, New Jersey, stabbed the author on stage at an event in western New York.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival responded to the news by sending its best wishes to Sir Salman and invited its authors to pay tribute to the author.

Director Nick Barley commented: “As we open the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year, we send our love and best wishes to Salman Rushdie.

“Salman last visited us in 2019 and joined us online last year.

“We are inspired by his courage and are thinking of him at this difficult time.

“This tragedy is a painful reminder of the fragility of the things we hold dear and a call to action: we will not be intimidated by those who would use violence rather than words.

Salman Rushdie: Edinburgh International Book Festival invites authors appearing to read a sentence from one of Salman Rushdie’s books after stabbing in New York

“As a show of support and solidarity, we invite all authors appearing in the adult program to read a sentence from one of Salman’s books at the start of their Book Festival event.”

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