Salman Rushdie will discuss the significance of freedom of expression for authors and the book industry in his keynote address at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year.
A spokesperson for the Frankfurt Book Fair said: “The publication of polemic literature and its consequences affect not just authors but the entire publishing industry. That’s why freedom of expression and boundaries are the key topics at this year’s book fair.”
Heinrich Riethmüller, chairman of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, and Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, will also give their views on the matter.
Rushdie's appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair will coincide with the publication of his new book, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (Jonathan Cape). The novel is a modern fairy tale about the struggle between the worlds and the tension between faith and reason.
Rushdie will give his address at the opening press conference at 11am on Tuesday 13th October.