Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Many of you, I'm sure, heard about the huge controversy over the cover of Justine Larbalestier's Liar, on which Bloomsbury, the publisher, used a white model when the character was very distinctly described as black. There was a huge outrage over this headed up by Justine Larbalestier herself, that quickly and forcefully spread throughout the bologosphere. Eventually, Bloomsbury caved to the pressure and changed the cover.

Here's the result:
(First cover and then the second one )

So, having already been through this whole process once before, you would think that Bloomsbury would have learned. But apparently not. Because they've done it again.

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore looks to be in a similar predicament:

This is another book with a dark-skinned protaganist that has a white model on the cover. It hasn't been blown up quite as much as Liar was, but it's still causing quite a stink. The Story Siren has a great post about it, as does Reading in Color and GAL Novelty.

No comments:

Post a Comment