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Jun.18.2009
Dear Reader, Controversy continues over “The Jewel of Medina” — first the question of UK distribution and then a small protest at a book fair in Armenia, where the novel has “record sales,” according to a rough translation of an article — and reviews are starting to come in of “The Sword of Medina...
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Feb.17.2009
Dear Reader When I read that Geert Wilders' film "Fitna" had been banned in the EU, of course I had to download it. As I watched the relentless scenes of death, cruelty, and extremist Muslim anger, I felt fear envelop me in a toxic cloud. Tears filled my eyes. I could hardly sit still for...
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Feb.16.2009
Dear Reader, Playing with my food at La Fonda, seaside in Barcelona Returning from the blossoming, mild spring of Barcelona to Spokane's icy terrain is like stepping, a la "The Wizard of Oz," from color into black-and-white. In oh, so many ways. Because, in Spain, reporters read my book...
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Feb.03.2009
As a participant in Spokane, Wash.'s Get Lit! (love the name) literary festival April 16-20, I was invited to answer 20 questions for the festival's weblog (http://getlitprograms.blogspot.com/). I thought I'd share the answers with you here: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?...
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Dec.31.2008
Dear Reader, I began getting calls and letters on Sunday regarding my interview with FOX News, which I have written about before. It appears to be as I feared: The station has focused on Random House’s “double standard” in its decision in May not to publish “The Jewel of Medina.” I haven’t seen...
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Dec.24.2008
TO A CAPTIOUS CRITIC   Dear critic, who my lightness so deplores,  Would I might study to be prince of bores,  Right wisely would I rule that dull estate--  But, sir, I may not, till you abdicate. -- Paul Laurence Dunbar, sent to me via Facebook by BNA editor Mark Williams   
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Dec.24.2008
Dear Reader, People believe what they want to believe. That’s something I’ve learned these past months during the controversy that has surrounded my book, “The Jewel of Medina.” Some Muslims want to believe my book is “pornographic” or that it is disrespectful to Islam because they are used to...
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Dec.24.2008
Dear Reader, I was thrilled to learn that I had a national TV reporter interested in interviewing me. But when I went to the Seattle, WA, FOX News studio last week, I wasn’t so pleased to be facing questions, again, about the controversy around “The Jewel of Medina. As a long-time journalist, I...
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Dec.24.2008
Dear Reader, It was surprising to read that Lorraine Adams, author of the recent review of THE JEWEL OF MEDINA in the New York Times, has a journalism background. Good reporters check their facts before they publish, but in this case Ms. Adams has dropped the proverbial ball. First she tells the...
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Dec.24.2008
Dear Reader, In researching “The Jewel of Medina,” I was surprised to find that the Prophet Muhammad was quite progressive when it came to women’s rights. During Muhammad’s time as leader of the new Islamic community in Medina, women fought alongside men in wars, prayed alongside men in the mosque...
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Dec.24.2008
Dear Reader, I am pleased to announce that I have recently accepted an offer from Stockholm publisher Earbooks for Swedish rights to “The Jewel of Medina.” This is the newest deal cut by our Scandinavian agent Phillip Sane of the Lennart Sane Agency, who promises more publishing opportunities in...
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Dec.24.2008
Dear Readers, Hundreds of hardy Montana souls braved the bitter cold and ice to hear me deliver my speech as part of the Carroll College President’s Lecture Series on Thursday, Dec. 4. Everyone kept asking if I wasn’t cold in that little ol’ cocktail dress, but I told them I’m still a Montana gal!...
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Oct.01.2008
This post was brought to my attention by a fellow journalist. Leading British authors including Monica Ali, Nadeem Aslam and Hanif Kureishi have come out in support of Gibson Square publisher Martin Rynja, whose home and office were attacked by religious extremists in connection with the upcoming...
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Sep.30.2008
Dear Martin, Keep heart! I am writing to admonish you to courage. Martin, if you let a few thugs frighten you away from publishing The Jewel of Medina, they have won a very great victory and freedom of speech has taken a huge blow not only in Britain but throughout the free world. I'm not saying...
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