L.A. Observed once again breaks the news - David Ulin has been named new editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review. (We find this sentence from the announcement memo - "The result is a sensibility that is singularly unafraid to appear parochial because it never is provincial." - singularly odd.)
We approve. We like David, we like his work. We once tried to help him jump start his car. We wish him the best. And yes, the Thumbnails will continue and no free rides will be given, though an acclimation period will surely be observed.
If David needs some ideas where to start, we direct him here ...
UPDATE: Dan Wickett has been kind enough to forward us PW's coverage, which you can find hidden after the jump.
David Ulin Named Editor of 'LATBR'
PW Daily has confirmed that The Los Angeles Times has appointed author and literary critic David L. Ulin as its new book editor, ending a nearly four-month long guessing game. An official announcement is being made this afternoon.
Reached for comment, associate features editor Tim Rutten said the Times had conducted a "very long and very exhaustive" search with about 25 serious candidates. Rutten said the Times thought Ulin "had the right mix of credentials" as a freelance book critic whose work has appeared in the book review he will now edit along with NYTBR and The Atlantic Monthly. He was also books editor at the weekly LA Reader.
"He has the kind of stature to take the book review to the next level," said Rutten.
What might have set Ulin apart from other candidates is his experience editing two anthologies of Los Angeles writers, one for City Lights in 2001 and the other for Library of America the following year. His nonfiction title The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith was published by Viking last year.
Ulin said he was looking forward to working with the people at the Book Review, many of whom he already knows. A New York native, Ulin has lived in L.A. for 14 years and calls himself a "lifer" (although he remains a die-hard Yankee fan.) "It's an amazing city, endlessly fascinating and an incredible place to think about and write about," he said. "It is really a vibrant literary culture."
Beginning in October, Ulin will oversee both the Sunday Book Review and daily reviews.