The following are extracts from PEN Canada’s May 1993 newsletter. Six months earlier, Salman Rushdie’s appearance onstage with then-Ontario premier Bob Rae marked the first occasion on which a head of government had greeted the author in a public.
That’s to say, anybody’s a witch if you point at them and say they are. And that, of course, was the purpose and the nature of the witch hunt.
There is a giant fish hanging over my kitchen sink. It is a salmon, carved by Nova Scotia folk artist William Roach, and for more than 20 years it has carried a decoration on its left front fin: a button reading “I am Salman Rushdie”.