Monday, September 29, 2008

Quote for the Day--Make that Every Day

"I don't spend my time worrying about how I'm going to live. I think a life where you can't express yourself and you can't speak is a life worse than death."

--Sherry Jones, author of THE JEWEL OF MEDINA
This quote is at the end of an article in the national edition of the New York Times, Attack on Publisher's House May Be Linked to Book About Muhammad and Wife. The home and headquarters of the London publisher, Gibson Square, was set on fire yesterday, via a fire bomb pushed through the mail slot. Police were already on the scene, so no one was hurt.

Here's a strange thing I just discovered: The quote isn't in the article online, which has had at least five grafs deleted.

Here are other passages that didn't make it to the NYT site:
[Jones] added, "I hope as many people read it as possible, so they can see my book has been lied about."...

[Eric M. Kampmann, president of Beaufort Books, which picked up THE JEWEL OF MEDINA after Ballantine canceled it] said that he still stood behind the book.

"We found it to be credible historical fiction, and the author to be a very open person who did not have an anti-Muslim ax to grind--probably the reverse," he said. "We became involved with the book because it was wrong that an American publisher would fail to stand up to a real or imagined threat."
See more about Jones and the firebombing in GalleyCat and UK Guardian.

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