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Aug 29, 2008 10:47 am

Security risks, book prizes & Muhammad's child bride

An American book prize has blacklisted Random House following its" cowardly self-censorship" of Sherry Jones's novel The Jewel of Medina. The Langum Charitable Trust, which awards two yearly $1,000 (£550) prizes, has said that until the novel is published, it"will not consider submissions of any books, for any of our prizes, from Random House or any of its affiliates."

Random House dropped Jones's novel, about the child bride of Muhammad, after it was warned that it posed a security risk akin to the publication of The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie.

Read"American literary prize blacklists Random House" by Alison Flood of The Guardian

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