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Peter Cox

Author or Victim?

Unleashed on July 27, 2009

3695922896_2db9e482a6The age-old struggle between author and publisher over the book’s cover design gets a new, and disturbing, twist in today’s Eve’s Salmagundi Club.  Reports Publisher’s Weekly: “Bloggers are making … charges against Bloomsbury Children’s Books, which put a white girl with long, straight tresses on the jacket of a novel about an African-American tomboy with short, ‘nappy’ hair.  Phrases like ‘that poor author’ and ‘that’s just wrong’ are showing up in comments sections online, in the escalating flap over Justine Larbalestier’s Liar, which hits shelves September 28.”

Another example of unthinking racism?  Or simply an example of a rather media-hungry author?  We’re not so sure the entire, unexpurgated truth has yet been heard.

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