Writers and fans of Sir Salman Rushdie from around the world used social media to “take a stance” and express solidarity a week after the author was stabbed.
Clever users from Mexico City and Miami to the Channel Islands and Madrid recorded themselves reading Sir Salman’s books aloud as friends and colleagues gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library on Friday to read excerpts from his work and defend the freedom to write.
Pen America, the company that organizes events with Penguin Random House, encouraged supporters to use the hashtag #StandWithSalman for the 75-year-old man, who was attacked at the Chautauqua Institute in New York state on Aug. and passed away with a damaged liver. like a severed nerve in an arm and an eye.
Briton Sacha Langton-Gilks posted a clip of herself reading Sir Salman’s The Satanic Verses from The Channel Islands.
“I would love to be able to support New York – it is surreal when I am sitting on a beach in the Channel Islands,” 54-year-old writer, speaker and singing teacher from Dorset told PA news agency. .
“I was going to buy a book, but the bookstore is tiny here and then I remembered the library.
“The librarian was particularly supportive of the book.”
She said she feels it’s important that “we take a stand, no matter how small” and hopes global solidarity will reach the author.
“(The event) is a great idea and I hope it lifts the heart of (Sir Salman) in the hospital,” she added.
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Pen America tweeted photos and videos from New York showing crowds gathered, many expressing appreciation for Sir Salman and defending freedom of expression.
One sign reads: “I like books, I like the beach, but I love freedom of speech.”
Famous writers who have come to show unity include British author and journalist Tina Brown, who spoke on the steps, as well as novelists Amanda Foreman and Jeffrey Eugenides.
American novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman said his wife, Jovi, filmed him reading the first edition of The Satanic Verses from their home in Mexico City.
“(I) love Salman, he’s an old friend and a great writer,” the 67-year-old told PA.
“It was a painful time and also an important one.
“A time when we must resolutely stand up for freedom of expression for the right and necessity of all writers and journalists to be able to express themselves without fear of violent reactions or criticize.”
Sangeeta Mulay lives in Milton Keynes and posted a picture of her meeting Sir Salman at a book signing in 2017.
“It is extremely important to me to show solidarity because (Sir Salman) to me stands for freedom of speech and expression,” the writer, of Indian descent, said.
“I am also watching reading sessions hosted by Pen America live on YouTube.
“I like the idea behind the event being held in his name.”
Ms Mulay added that Sir Salman’s presence was “a bit intimidating” when they met.
“I bought a copy of his ‘Home’ and he signed it for me… I told him how much I loved his Joseph Anton. I love what the man stands for,” she said.
“His presence was a bit intimidating but having read his books I understood his sense of humour, and all I could see was the Bombay boy he was once!”
The Welsh Arts Magazine Twitter account continues its momentum online, posting videos by writers Angela Graham, Peter Finch and others reading from copies of Sir Salman’s work.
On Thursday, the man accused of stabbing Sir Salman pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/fans-of-sir-salman-rushdie-from-across-the-globe-express-solidarity-on-twitter-41924138.html Sir Salman Rushdie fans from around the world express solidarity on Twitter