Friday, July 24, 2009

The LIAR Cover Thing

Buzzing 'bout the blogosphere: the cover girl for Liar by Justine Larbalestier. The protagonist is an unreliable narrator if there ever was any, but I think anyone who reads the book can conclude she was being serious about not being white, having short cropped hair, and being boyish in many aspects.

So why is the cover this?

Here's a handy PW article and Justine's (very articulate) blog post on it.

I don't have anything to say that hasn't already been said. But I thought I'd add this in, to address the people I've seen saying Justine should've fought harder against this cover art.

So, at BEA, I had the pleasure of getting my ARC signed by her. We chatted a bit, Lenore, Alea, Justine, and I (as well as Anna, another Aussie and a Bloomsbury publicist). Justine was lovely. Anna was lovely. I got a huge kick out of hearing them speak in their lovelylovelylovely accent.

We left.

A while later, Lenore and I ran into Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier at the Bloomsbury booth. It was after BEA had closed for the day and we were just roaming. No other fans were nearby, so we got to speak to them a bit more. I asked Justine for some more of her business cards with both the Aussie and the American cover of Liar and casually asked what she thought of the cover.

Very frankly, she said, "I think it's a beautiful cover and that Bloomsbury did a wonderful job of making it eye-catching. But my protagonist isn't white, so this isn't reflective of the book I wrote. This is why I like the Australian cover more. Nevertheless, they decided to go with this cover in the US."

She said something about another version that I can't recall right now, but yeah, that portion is what really matters. It's what she's always been saying. Authors don't usually have a say in what their cover will end up being. Even when they're the writer of a lead title, like Justine is. So please stop treating her like she's in the wrong in this, all the naysayers.

It's a good book, at any rate. I don't believe a boycott is necessary because it'll ultimately hurt Justine, someone who's active in writing multi-cultural. But if you're upset with this cover, I do urge you write to Bloomsbury about it.

(Oh! And yes! I'm back.)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I beseech your help.

With what I should read next. I haven't read anything in two weeks. Help help help! Just give me suggestions, don't worry about whether I have 'em or not. This can also help me in my Birthday Shopping List. :)