So where can you find all that YAuthor information? RIGHT HERE because it’s YAuthor Stalking Tuesday! Learn about your favorite authors, have a chat with them and then share your YAuthor adventures. This week is Justine Larbalestier!
Author: Justine Larbalestier
Books: Liar, How to Ditch your Fairy, Love is Hell, First Kiss (Then Tell), Magic’s Child, Magic Lessons, Magic or Madness, and for you Buffy fans: Seven Seasons of Buffy:Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Discuss their Favorite Television Show and Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sadly, I have not met Justine ::frown:: so instead of an Amber Adventure we will call this feature Awesome Author Says What?! where we will highlight a discussion by the Author (usually on their blog) that makes us think or laugh or stand up and clap our hands.
Justine Larbalestier Says What?!: The Cover of Liar:
Last summer, a controversy broke out when readers who were lucky enough to score an advanced reader’s copy of Liar realized that the girl they were reading about did not have the same skin color as the girl portrayed on the book’s cover. Here is what Justine had to say about the cover:
“Every year at every publishing house, intentionally and unintentionally, there are white-washed covers. Since I’ve told publishing friends how upset I am with my Liar cover, I have been hearing anecdotes from every single house about how hard it is to push through covers with people of colour on them….How welcome is a black teen going to feel in the YA section when all the covers are white? Why would she pick up Liar when it has a cover that so explicitly excludes her?” Check Justine’s blog post for the rest of her comments.
Also, take a look at this video “concerning the standards of beauty imposed on today’s black girls and how this affects their self-image” produced by Kiri Davis in 2005 for her high-school literature class: