‘L.A. Times’ Hires New Book Editor

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By: E&P Staff

David L. Ulin was named the new book editor for The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

He succeeds Steve Wasserman, who left the paper in May to take a position with a New York literary agency.

Ulin’s responsibilities will include overseeing the paper’s Sunday Book Review and book coverage and reviews in other parts of the paper, Deputy Managing Editor John Montorio said in an article in the paper. Montorio added that Ulin will also be given the authority to give the book coverage a complete makeover.

“I think that the review will remain urbane and sophisticated, but we want it to be far more accessible and far more attuned to what is really hot in the book world,” Montorio told the paper. “We want to be dealing with books that people are really going to want to go out and read.”

The paper reported that Ulin also wants to focus more on fiction than the Book Review has in the past.

“I would like to have a Book Review that is fairly fluid and responsive to the culture, a review that treats books seriously but has fun treating them seriously, if that makes any sense,” Ulin said.

Ulin served as the book editor for The Los Angeles Reader for three years. His work has appeared in the Times, The New York Times Book Review, Atlantic Monthly, Newsday, and the Nation, as well as on National Public Radio’s ?All Things Considered.? He also taught creative writing at Antioch University in Los Angeles for five years.

Besides his criticism and editing work, Ulin authored “The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith,” which won best book notices from The Chicago Tribune and The San Francisco Chronicle. He was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize for “The Half-Birthday of the Apocalypse,” an essay written for the six-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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