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A New Cover for "Liar"
The author, who is a white Australian, has made a conscious choice to write protagonists that are people of color. She was shocked when she first saw the cover for her book and raised a protest. When asked why her protagonist are not usually white Larbalestier answers:
"Because a young Hispanic girl I met at a signing thanked me for writing an Hispanic character. Because when I did an appearance in Queens the entirely black and Hispanic teenage audience responded so warmly to my book with two non-white main characters. Because teens, both here and in Australia, have written thanking me for writing characters they could relate to. 'Most books are so white,' one girl wrote me."
Because of the protests of many in the SF&F community and others, the publisher relented and changed the cover. It will now feature a black woman, though some still complain that she still looks very little like the girl described in the book. I say hooray for baby steps!! At least the publisher folded and there will be one more book on the YA shelves feature a person of color.
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