Hello everybody!! Hope you are all having a great Sunday!
Let’s get down to business as we have something important to report:
OH SNAP: Whitewashing 2011 – The case of Across the Universe by Beth Revis OR We Are So Tired Of This Shit
It has been brought to our attention that the cover of Across the Universe by Beth Revis, a book that features an interracial romance, seems to be the latest case of whitewashing and this time the culprit is Razorbill. There is an in-depth report by the folks over at The Interrobangs blog, with quotes from the book which suggests that that’s exactly what has happened; and it is very clear for anybody to see too. Behold, the comparison between the ARC, which features the main male character correctly as a PoC, and the final cover of the book which has SEVERELY and DISTINCTLY whitewashed said character:
We haven’t read the book yet nor do we have the ARC so we can’t really confirm which cover is more accurate according to how the character is described but by all accounts this does seem to be a case of whitewashing. Has anyone around here read the book? What do you think of the difference between covers?
We are a little late reporting this (sorry Ari!) but, to celebrate the 2011 National African American Read-In, Ari of Reading in Color, Doret of theHappyNappyBookseller and Edi of Crazy Quilts put together a list of 6 YA titles by African American authors for people to vote on. The idea is that a group of people will read one of those 6 books and they will hold a community discussion on it sometime in February. Voting ended last Friday but you can still be a part of the read-in. We will keep you posted as soon as we know, as to when and where the discussion will take place.
ETA: After counting the votes, the winner is Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (one of Ana’s top 10 books of 2010).
The three winners of copies of Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles are:
Natalie D (comment#106)
Congratulations to the winners! As usual, please send us an email (contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com) with your snail mail address, and we will get your winnings off to you as quickly as possible. Thanks again to all that entered!
This Week on The Book Smugglers
On Monday, Ana tries her hand at another Lit Fic novel and reviews Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson.
On Tuesday, Thea reviews dystopian/post-apocalyptic YA novel The Water Wars by journalist Cameron Stracher.
On Wednesday, it’s Thea’s turn again to review Fantasy novel First Truth written by one of her favourite UF authors Kim Harrison, writing under the name of Dawn Cook.
Then, on Thursday we kick-off our Michelle Harrison two-day special with Ana’s reviews of 13 Curses and 13 Secrets, the two final books in the 13 Treasures trilogy….
Followed by a Guest Post by the author on Friday with a giveaway:
And that’s it from us today! Until Monday, we remain….
~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers