That's Sir Salman Rushdie

Pshaw Iran, Queen Elizabeth knights the controversial author in a 'private moment'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2008 12:54 PM CDT
That's Sir Salman Rushdie
British author Salman Rushdie is seen after receiving his Knighthood from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London Wednesday, June 25, 2008.    (AP Photo/John Stillwell, PA)

Queen Elizabeth officially knighted Salman Rushdie today, the AP reports, a year after the award was announced to widespread Muslim protest. “I have no regrets about any of my work,” said Rushdie, when asked about his novel The Satanic Verses, for which the Shah of Iran awarded him a “death sentence” and forced him into hiding. No cameras were allowed at the knighting, which the 61-year-old described as a “private moment.” (More literature stories.)

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