Once again, the publishing world just doesn't get it
Justine Larbalestier wrote a YA book called Liar which is due to be released by Bloomsbury this September. It's one of the most anticipated new YA releases coming up and has been getting a lot of press about the story it has to tell, the quality of its writing, its massive... print run, and one minor problem with the cover that readers have picked up on: The protagonist is clearly described as mixed-race, with her skin tone very close to her black father's. The book's (admittedly striking) cover shows her... otherwise.
The author and the rest of the publishing blagosphere do not approve.
Bloomsbury's response? That they were "striving for ambiguity" and that the compulsive liar main character was quite possibly lying about her race. Even though the author never intended that the character's race be the slightest bit in question.
Be warned: there's quite a bit more fail in some of the comment threads, as some authors completely miss the point and chime in with "oh, my main character is a brunette and on the cover she's blonde!. I feel your pain!"