Silence is consent. That's why I spoke out when, in 2008, my U.S. publisher "indefinitely postponed" publication of my novel The Jewel of Medina out of fear of terrorist reprisals.
Today, the book continues to top "banned books" lists. Muslim extremists are still screaming over a book they haven't read, and Islamophobes are still grumbling because The Jewel of Medina doesn't give them the ammo they need to bash a religion they don't understand.
A few weeks after Random House executives pulled the plug on The Jewel of Medina, my heart pounded as I told my story to a journalist, for I knew the consequences could be dire. Ballantine, a subsidiary of Random House, wanted me to sign a nondisclosure agreement promising to never tell a soul what had happened. Going public would certainly kill my chances of working with it again and might keep me from getting another publisher.
Read the rest of this op-ed on AOL News.
By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.
Causes Sherry Jones Supports
ACLU, Save Our Wild Salmon, Greenpeace, Spokane Mother and Children's Free Restaurant, Mercy Fund, public radio, Slow Food USA