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White Faces on Books Featuring Black Characters

MobyLives investigates a complaint from young adult fiction author Justine Larbalestier, who wrote a book called Liar about a black girl called Micah, but found that the publishers had designed a cover showing a white girl with long, straight hair.  It turns out that many publishers have found they can’t sell books with black characters on the covers, or if they do, the book is shelved in a segregated Urban Fiction section.  Larbalestier wrote about the problem in her blog and asked, “Are the big publishing houses really only in the business of selling books to white people?” Her publisher Bloomsbury later changed the cover in response to her concerns.

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