Thursday, July 23, 2009

Another Reason Not to Judge a Book By Its Cover

I encourage you all to go over to author Justine Larbalestier's blog to read her post Ain't That a Shame.

The post is about how the US cover of her book Liar does not reflect the content of the book and, in fact, could undermine the story for some readers. The cover, you see, features a long-haired, white female... yet the protagonist of the book, per the author, "is black with nappy hair which she wears natural and short." That the character is also a nearly pathological liar creates even more disconnect with the cover and the story within.

Justine's written a very thoughtful piece on race, imagery, publishing and much, much more. There are many important issues here, and I highly recommend you read the post... and I'll be curious to hear your thoughts.

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