Wednesday, August 24, 2005

A Tale of Two Davids and Some Books

Gosh, a girl can’t go away for a few hours around here without missing something big.

In the "too bad" department (at least for readers of the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review) David Kipen is giving up reviewing to become the Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts. On second thought, maybe it’s a good thing because his intelligent observations about literature and culture can be applied on a national scale.

From the press release:

"Among his new responsibilities, Kipen will design and lead national leadership initiatives, develop partnerships to advance the literature field, and recommend panelists and manage the review process for literature applications. He will assume his new responsibilities on September 6, 2005."

On the same day, David Ulin was appointed the new editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review. His credentials are impressive: his last book, The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, was selected as a best book of 2004 by ….. the San Francisco Chronicle.

It’s too bad California is loosing one reviewer with a solid knowledge of the state’s history and development, but it looks like the other David is well grounded in that area as well.

Congratulations, Davids, and good luck.

(via California Authors and LA Observed)

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