Posted on May 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Salman Rushdie surprised the literary world last night by making his first public appearance since he was assaulted at an event last summer.

The Associated Press reports that Rushie attended the PEN America annual gala, where he gave a speech upon accepting the the PEN Centenary Courage Award.

“It’s nice to be back — as opposed to not being back, which was also a possibility," he said, according to the AP.

Rushdie also thanked those who came to his aid during the attack, which cost him the sight in one eye and the use of one hand.

The suspect in the attack has pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted murder.

Rushdie spent years in hiding and has received death threats for decades because of his novel The Satanic Verses; his latest novel, Victory City, came out February 9.

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