Publishers Weekly gives us the latest rundown on the search to replace Steve Wasserman. (Thanks to Laila for the tipoff.)
The L.A. Times, in the throes of a search to fill one of the most influential review jobs in publishing, is winding down the process and could name someone as early as next week, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
While the process of finding a new Book Review editor certainly has gone slowly--former editor Steve Wasserman gave notice in April, and possibly even earlier--the gossip mill has turned quickly. Two names it's spit out are David Kipen, the San Francisco Chronicle book critic, and David Ulin, former book review editor of defunct L.A .weekly The Reader and editor of two anthologies of L.A. writers. (Kipen, too, has once held the chief editorial post at a review ; the southern Cal native forsook a spot helming the Chron for a critic's job.) Neither would comment on their LAT status.
Another candidate making an appearance on lists is Atlantic Monthly literary editor Benjamin Schwarz, who, incidentally, is also known for being close with Wasserman. The paper is also said to be looking at internal candidates, including Nick Owchar, who was recently named Deputy Editor, columnist Susan Salter Reynolds and film critic Kenneth Turan (who briefly served as book review editor before Wasserman started).
Tim Rutten, associate features editor at the LA Times who has been managing the book review, declined to confirm any candidates but did acknowledge a large number of worthy applicants. "It was a great reminder to us what an important job this is--and not just to the LA Times," he said. --Bridget Kinsella, with Steven Zeitchik
With the exception of Ochwar, whose contributions to the review have been sub-literate, it's an interesting and promising list. Of course the problem for us is that we know and like both Kipen and Ulin, and we admire Reynolds and Schwarz, so if either of them becomes the final choice how comfortable will we be pulling out the knives? Of course, perhaps with one of them at the helm, the knives will no longer be necessary. Although the prospect of torturing our pal Kipen is too entertaining to dismiss out of hand ...
And no, they still haven't asked us ...