There is a major controversy surrounding the release of a new book called Liar by Justine Larbalestier . The book will be released in September but the release of the cover art is causing a some bad mojo.As readers are beginning to read the ARC of LIAR they are questioning the cover look of the protagonist that is clearly NOT “black with nappy hair which she wears natural and short.” as Justine has written her character to be. Justine had a well written post on her blog about the cover controversy HERE. Accusations of white washing and racism are going around.
This subject was also addressed on Publishers Weekly HERE
This is the Austrailian cover version of the book. Which I personally like better as does the author and she states “I want this dialogue to go beyond my book. I want every publishing house to think about this.”
I know that it saddens me that publishers find it necessary to make a cover more mass market presentable. I understand that they feel that the character is a "Liar" so why would should cover look like protagonist when she lies about everything...why not her appearance. Nice try, but I am not buying into it.
After reading those posts. What do you think?