Rushdie returns to festival life

Salman_1 From The Guardian:

Salman Rushdie is to take part in this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival after a 20-year absence. Organisers of the world’s largest literary festival said they were overjoyed to welcome Rushdie back to Edinburgh and would take whatever steps necessary to protect the author, who was subjected to death threats over his book the Satanic Verses. Rushdie will appear alongside other literary heavyweights such as Margaret Atwood, Dario Fo, Doris Lessing, John Irving and Andre Brink. They are among 500 writers who will take part in this year’s festival, which runs from August 13 to 29.

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