Saturday, August 08, 2009

new cover for LIAR

Yay!! I've been following this saga for awhile--and things have ended happily. If you're not familiar with this issue (a successful YA book about a young woman of color which was marketed and sold in the states with a white-looking woman on the cover) it's definitely worth checking out the PW article, which sums it up. And bloggers, essentially, made this happen. Via my comrade-in-arms Editorial Anonymous.


Anonymous said...

It's not about a young woman of color. It's about a pathological liar who claims she's a young woman of color--with three white grandparents and one black grandparents--and yes has absolutely no affiliation with black culture in any other way.

It's a great example of a white writer who thinks that blacks are just dark-skinned whites.

Miriam S.Forster said...

Well, I think the new cover is fabulous. (no opinion about the book, I haven't read it) Even before the whole controversy started, I wasn't wild about the old cover. It was mysterious, but didn't grab me. The new cover is vivid and dramatic and makes me want to read the book ASAP.

Plus I thought Justine was very classy and professional about the whole thing. I want to be her when I grow up. :-)

Helen said...

I also haven't read the book yet, but I much prefer the new cover to the previous one. I can't wait for it to come out in October.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Anon - is there a certain stereotype that all black characters must meet? Is there a certain stereotype that all white characters are? It sounds like you feel all blacks are X and all whites are Y and any deviation from that is not true to being black or white.

While I do feel there is a strong cultural influence in the majority of households, I'm not sure it's really based on race. There's a difference between a Jewish, an Irish, an Italian, etc. culture. Just as there's a difference between a Mexican, a Puerto Rican, a Cuban, etc. culture. And a Chinese, a Japanese, a Korean, a Vietnamese, etc. culture.

I am woefully undereducated about the African nations and this is my own fault that I will attempt to rectify. But I have to imagine there is a difference there and perhaps that it stretches to include places like Jamaica.

Not having read the book as I am not privy to an ARC and it's not out yet, I don't even know the setting. The author is Australian, yes? Are we talking an Aboriginal heritage? Or is it set in the US?

Here in the US, there are all of those regional differences in one place. We have neighborhoods that are mostly this or mostly that. In the major cities, we have Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Italy, etc. We even have gay sections of town. People do seem to congregate with like-minded people. Sometimes that's a racial divide. Sometimes it's socio-economic. Sometimes it's 'lifestyle'.

All of this means to me that any character in any book can act any way. I am white and yet I started life in a mostly black, very poor, inner city neighborhood. My cultural roots are there, but I am a long way from them.

beth said...

I am SO HAPPY that the new cover has come out. I really wanted to read this book, but was considering boycotting it until the paperback (and hopefully the new cover). Now that it's been re-jacketed, I'm going to pre-order the hardcover!

gringo said...

Great PR ploy. My current novel is about Mexico, I'm hoping the publisher goes with a nice picture of Korea for the cover. Then, mid-print, we'll apologize and come up with a similar photo of Tijuana.

Precie said...

Thanks for the update. I've been following to but wasn't around for the update news. Cool.

Anonymous said...

To me, the new cover doesn't look like a black woman either. She's a light-skinned woman with very curly hair and brown skin.

Pretty, though.

Rebecca Knight said...

This made me so happy when I heard about it on Friday! I'd blogged about it the previous Friday (basically... wth is going on?), and then by the next Friday it was changed :D.

It's amazing to see how issues like this can bring people together to promote positive change.

It just made my weekend :D.

Steph Damore said...

Thanks for the update - I heard about the original controversy and like others blogged about it too. Glad it's being rectified.