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An important article that I read on Publisher's Weekly, concerning the US-edition of Justine Larbalestier's upcoming book Liar:

Fifteen years ago, critics accused Time magazine of racism when it darkened O.J. Simpson’s mug shot. Fast forward to the latest cover-and-race controversy: bloggers are making similar charges against Bloomsbury Children’s Books, which put a white girl with long, straight tresses on the jacket of a novel about an African-American tomboy with short, “nappy” hair. Phrases like “that poor author” and “that’s just wrong” are showing up in comments sections online, in the escalating flap over Justine Larbalestier’s Liar, which hits shelves September 28.

Their perception: that publishers think books won’t sell as well with blacks on the front.


Of course, Justine is very upset over this cover, and explains why on her blog.

I have some other thoughts about covers, race, and marketing, which I'll post about later. Right now, I have to go off and paint a house. :)

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