Bloomsbury relents: "Liar" gets new cover
You may remember last month's post detailing the hullabaloo over the U.S. cover of Justine Larbalestier's "Liar." The Young Adult novel with a black protagonist featured a very white model.
Last week, Bloomsbury told Publishers Weekly that the cover will be changed ahead of the book's October publishing date.
"We regret that our original creative direction for 'Liar' -- which was intended to symbolically reflect the narrator's complex psychologial makeup -- has been interpreted by some as a calculated decision to mask the character's ethnicity," officials said in a statement. "As the publisher of 'Liar,' we also hope that nothing further distracts from the quality of the author's nuanced and accomplished story, and that a new cover will allow this novel's many advocates to celebrate its U.S. publication without reservation."
I'm not quite sure what a picture of a white woman is supposed to reflect about a black woman's mind, but I'm just glad the publisher decided to change the hardcover jacket, instead of waiting to fix the problem until the paperback's release.
Bloomsbury mentions in the same statement that they hope discussions about race and the importance of diversity in YA literature continue in the publishing world, and I hope they've now decided to lead that discussion. But in case they don't, my guess is that their latest star writer will be happy to point them in the right direction.