Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Salman Rushdie Threatened
Author Salman Rushdie said Friday he won't be attending the Jaipur literary festival in India after authorities warned him that "paid assassins from the Mumbai underworld may be on their way to Jaipur to eliminate me," Rushdie said in an announcement. The author of The Satanic Verses has been viewed as an enemy by fundamentalist Muslims ever since the 1988 publication of that book, which prompted a fatwa against him. A row broke out about Rushdie's planned appearance and protest marches were scheduled during the festival.