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Anastasia @ Bookbrain(ed) Book Blog Book Trailer Tuesday: [Warning for Access: YouTube Vid] Magic Under Glass

I don’t give a flip if the cover artist never read the book– that’s not the point. The point is that no-one at Bloomsbury looked at that cover, looked at the book (which I assume they HAVE read), and thought “Gee, I wonder if this could be a problem?”

[personal profile] quivo: How many?
I want to know exactly how many books publishers have whitewashed. Does anyone have a list? And, if not, does anyone feel like making one? I don't care to do it to prove a point to anyone (though that would be a nice side benefit); I care to do it because I want to know if there are any books about POC that I am missing because there is no one brown on the cover.

N.K. Jemisin @ N.K.Jemisin : [Warning for Comments: White Privilege that is challenged] Boycott? No, thanks.

Thing is, people are still pissed. A number of the protesters are saying that Bloomsbury’s gesture is not enough; they need more proof the company is trying to change the systemic problems that keep causing whitewashing to happen. They want to see Bloomsbury publish more authors of color, hire more editors of color, and so on. I wholeheartedly agree with all of this. But a couple of days ago I got an invitation to participate in a boycott of Bloomsbury, and this boycott has not been called off despite Bloomsbury’s mea culpa. That’s why I’m writing this now.

N.K. Jemisin @ N.K.Jemisin: Fate it seems, is not wothout a sense of irony

So, noticed that the German version of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is now available, when it showed up on Goodreads under “other editions” recently. That was my first time seeing it. For those of you who aren’t Goodreads members (why aren’t you?), here’s what it looks like:

[personal profile] karenhealey: Cover Talk

But there was one response from people who were justifiably angry that I do not think was practical, and that was the expectation that the author should have spoken up publicly and denounced this cover. Even if, these people said, even if authors really have no control over their covers and it's all the publisher's doing, she should make a stand!
This is roughly equivalent to expecting someone who has just acquired their dream job to curse their boss for doing something wrong. In front of a packed press room. While the boss is standing beside them on the podium.

[ profile] zeborahnz: In which she investigates bookcovers
So, the fantasy and science-fiction section of Scorpio books is about 6 bays of 6 shelves each, plus special displays. Call it about 500 titles give or take? (I didn't include franchise, horror, or manga.) Around about half the covers (give or take) showed people or parts of people. As far as I could tell, these people were:

avendya @ disability: Disability Blog Carnival #63: Relationships (February 2010 edition)
We're hosting the 63rd disability blog carnival, and the theme is relationships. This does not necessarily mean romantic relationships - how has your disability affected your relationship with your family? How do you manage balancing friendships with a limited number of spoons? How well do your coworkers deal with your disability? Basically, how does your disability impact (or not impact) your relationships with the people around you?
Submissions are due February 20th.

alias_sbqr @ disabled_fandom: Disability in Science Fiction Panel
Hi, I've made up a presentation on disability in Science fiction for an upcoming con (Swancon in Western Australia)... Do people have any thoughts or suggestions?

[personal profile] lightgetsin: So it turns out there are people with disabilities in fandom
You guys, seriously. There are disabled people in fandom. In fandom in particular because internet socializing may be the only kind many people have access to. We are on your friends lists, and we read your comments, and yeah, I'm sure I'm not the only one who can tell when you assume that every person reading you is able-bodied, because that's just what people are, right?

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