Salman Rushdie: no regrets
Talk about Banned Books Week. Just at the moment, it's hard to imagine a title more uncomfortable or more controversial than "The Jewel of Medina," the story of A'isha, child bride of the prophet Mohammed, by American author Sherry Jones.
In August, Random House, the book's original US publisher, decided not to publish out of fear of reprisals from Muslim extremists. But controversial Dutch publisher, Martin Rynja of Gibson Square Books (publisher of such books as "House of Bush, House of Saud," O.J. Simpson's "If I Did It," and "Blowing Up Russia by Alexander Litvinenko) said that he would go forward with a release of "The Jewel of Medina" in the UK.