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Amazon and publisher Hachette have finally agreed to cease their dispute with each other, with the online retailer having agreed to begin selling the publisher’s books again, and to promote the titles on the Amazon website. Amazon are going to allow Hachette to control ebook pricing for their books.

Malorie Blackman has launched a new arts scheme targeted at 13-19 year olds. The children’s laureate is asking teenagers to create fan fiction projects – pieces of creative writing, book trailers, book jackets or music pieces – for various classic and contemporary works. The work must be posted online at Movellas and the winner(s) will be awarded work experience based on their preferred media, for instance, in book design or at a comics publisher.
project-remix-movellasEntries can be based on 24 specially selected titles by Blackman:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Tamsin and the Deep comic strip by Neill Cameron and Kate Brown
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Hear and Now poem by Laura Dockrill (unpublished)
  • Say Her Name by James Dawson
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Heroic by Phil Earle
  • If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
  • Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • ‘Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come To You My Lad’ short story by M. R. James
  • ‘The Alumni Interview’ (short story from How they Met) by David Levithan
  • Split Second by Sophie McKenzie
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • Wonder by R J Palacio
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • (Un)arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
  • ‘Ozymandias’ poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • ‘We Refugees’ (poem from Wicked World) by Benjamin Zephaniah

Want to hear Stephen Fry’s wry tones brilliantly narrate You have to F***ing Eat, by the author of the bestselling Go the F*** to Sleep? The UK audio edition of the humorous book is narrated by the QI legend (and British institution) while the American version has been narrated by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. Watch and listen to Fry recite the *children’s* tale, it’s really worth it.

The influential British critic and columnist Caitlin Moran’s novel How to Build a Girl has been picked up to be adapted as a film. The semi-autobiographical novel features teenager Johanna Morrigan who escapes to London to launch her career as a music critic.

Author Isabel Allende, who has achieved international popularity with novels such as The House of the Spirits, has been awarded, along with 18 others including Meryl Streep and Stephen Sondheim, the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

Ali Smith has won the Goldsmiths Prize for How to Be Both, which was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. This is only the second year that the £10,000 Goldsmiths prize has been awarded; it is given to writers of fiction that experiments and innovates the novel form.

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