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Literary community to rally for free expression after Salman Rushdie attack

Author Salman Rushdie, pictured in 2018, is expected to survive a stabbing attack, his agent says.
Rogelio V. Solis
File - Author Salman Rushdie, pictured in 2018.

New York prosecutors are taking more time to review potential evidence against the man charged with stabbing author Salman Rushdie in August. The attack has also lit a fire under many artists and free expression advocates.

Members of Hawaiʻi's literary community are coming together for a rally on the steps of the Hawaiʻi State Library to stand in solidarity with Rushdie and support free expression in the arts.

Acclaimed novelist and Maui resident Alexander Maksik is organizing the event. Local authors will read selections from Rushdie’s books and writings. The Conversation spoke with Maksik about the attack and the importance of free expression.

The Free Expression Rally is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Hawaiʻi State Library in Honolulu.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 5, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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