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Interview with Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan, YA Authors

Interview with Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan, YA Authors

Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan are two well-known, published authors in the young adult genre and proof that dedicated white fantasy authors can include characters of color in their works. Holly Black has written non-white and non-straight characters in her books since her first novel, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale . Two of her popular book series feature biracial lead protagonists, the Modern...
The Mortal Interview: Cassandra Clare on Diversity

The Mortal Interview: Cassandra Clare on Diversity

Cassandra Clare is the product of an adventurous literary family. Born in Tehran, Iran, she is the daughter of respected American author Professor Richard Rumelt. Her grandfather Max Rosenberg produced the first horror film in color, The Curse of Frankenstein, in 1957 and is perhaps most noted as the producer of the Doctor Who films in the 1960’s. While she was still a toddler, her father spent...
Whitewashing in Young Adult literature

Whitewashing in Young Adult literature

Over the past few months, Bloomsbury has been under scrutiny for using racebending tactics for the cover images of their young adult genre novels. What blogs across the web have been discovering, this practice is not uncommon. Various other publishers make the decision to whitewash characters of colour for the cover images of teenaged- and adolescent-themed books. Bloomsbury’s first faux p...
Justine Larbalestier, Young Adult Genre Author

Justine Larbalestier, Young Adult Genre Author

Besides being a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Justine Larbalestier is the author of the Magic or Madness trilogy, and of How to Ditch Your Fairy. Her latest novel, Liar, was released in October 2009 after controversy broke out over the race of the model on its cover. Racebending.com staffer Catherine e-mail interviewed Ms. Larbalestier about The Last Airbender racebending controvery, Liar, an...

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