Afternoon links.

  • At the NYT: Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute. "Neither side gave details of the deal, but both pronounced themselves happy with the terms. Hachette, the fourth largest publisher, won the ability to set the prices for its e-books, which was a major contention in the fight."
  • At mental_floss: 10 Facts About Beverly Cleary’s 'Ramona' Books. "Originally, Ramona was “just a little brat in Henry Huggins,” intended for one brief scene, but Cleary found she kept having new ideas for the character." CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT THE RAMONA BOOKS? Me, either.
  • At io9: Director Michelle MacLaren Is the Wonder Woman Frontrunner. "MacLaren's a good choice, especially if the rumors placing a fair amount of the Wonder Woman movie on Themyscira and its politics are true. Game of Thrones is a good training ground for that. It's also nice to hear that WB went outside the handful of female directors that always get name-checked."
  • At the Guardian: Violence in teen fiction goes in the dock. " Some critics believe that teen fiction is to blame – along with films and computer games - for promoting youth violence. Novels such as The Hunger Games, with its dystopian fights to the death have been criticised for desensitising young people to acts of brutality. ... This led to renewed calls for tighter censorship of what young people are reading, targeting YA fiction in particular." BEEN THERE DONE THAT DIDN'T BUY THE GD TEE-SHIRT.
  • Exhibit at the University of Montana: Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings. "“It’s certainly the most famous example of book burning,” said Julie Edwards, associate professor at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana. “It’s a form of what I would call thought control, trying to prevent people from forming their own opinions.”"
  • At the Daily Dot: Acclaimed sci-fi writer exposed as notorious Internet troll. "The publishing community has been grappling with the revelation that Sriduangkaew was behind two notorious sockpuppet identities, one a fairly recent review blog and the other a long-standing LiveJournal account known for attacking minorities and marginalized writers and fans." More here, here, and here.
  • At BookTrade: Nominations Open For The Little Rebels Award For Radical Children's Fiction. "The Little Rebels Award recognises children's fiction (for readers aged 0-12) which was first published in 2014 and which promotes social justice or social equality or challenges stereotypes or is informed by anti-discriminatory concerns."
  • At the Guardian: World Book Day 2015 line up announced!
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