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Rushdie headlines Brazilian book festival

British-Indian author Salman Rushdie and Chilean writer Isabel Allende are set to bring their celebrity to Brazil's biggest literary festival which started on Wednesday.

books Updated: Aug 05, 2010 12:59 IST

British-Indian author Salman Rushdie and Chilean writer Isabel Allende are set to bring their celebrity to Brazil's biggest literary festival which started on Wednesday.



The event, called Flip and held in the historic seaside town of Paraty south of Rio, each year hosts prestigious writers and book fans.



Salman Rushdie

Rushdie, who wrote

The Satanic Verses

, which attracted a fatwah death sentence from Iran for its depiction of Mohammed, was expected to appear on Friday.



Allende, one of South America's best-selling authors, is scheduled to speak to a sold-out crowd on Thursday.

The festival runs to Sunday.