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August 13, 2022
Yesterday, after the horrific attack on author Salman Rushdie during an event in Western New York, authors at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts in Sechelt, B.C., reacted with horror. The Globe and Mail’s André Picard addressed – and for some in the audience, broke – the terrible news as he began his event onstage. “An attack on one writer is an attack on every writer,” said Picard, who is here to speak about his book Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic. Those who hadn’t heard about the attack gasped. Rushdie was airlifted to hospital yesterday and the Sechelt event continued, as members of the global arts community – from writers to advocates – wished Rushdie well, and decried the attack as an assault motivated by “grievous hate.”

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