Writers like Gay Talese and Paul Auster pay tribute to Salman Rushdie

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THE New York Public Library (NYPL) pay tribute to the writer Salman Rushdie this Friday (19).

The library invited award-winning writers such as Gay Talese , Paul Auster and Tina Brown, for a public reading of Rushdie, who was stabbed last week during a lecture in New York.

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The event, organized by the NYPL in partnership with publisher Penguin Random House, will be titled “Support Salman: Defend the Freedom to Write”.

On the NYPL website, the institution’s president Tony Marx recalled that Rushdie was named Library Lion in 2008, for “his commitment to exploring the depths of creative expression and freedom of thought.”

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“Rushdie has always been a dedicated advocate for free speech, and his wide range of writing, from novels to children’s books and nonfiction essays, provides the world with invaluable insight into our shared humanity.”

Marx also stated that “as our world becomes increasingly divided, it is critical that writers such as Salman Rushdie feel safe to share their perspectives and make their voices heard”.

According to an official told the CNN as of Monday, Salman is awake and “articulated” in his conversations with investigators while he remains hospitalized.

The suspect in the attack has been identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar, who allegedly jumped onto the stage at the Chautauqua Institution, about 110 km southwest of Buffalo, New York, and charged towards Rushdie, stabbing him repeatedly, according to the report. New York State Police.

The suspect was detained by audience members and officials who forced him to the ground until he was arrested by a state trooper.

The perpetrator suffered three stab wounds to the neck, four stab wounds to the stomach, punctures to the right eye and chest and a laceration to the right thigh, said Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt.

*Published by Thayana Nunes.

Source: CNN Brasil

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