Posted by: Jeanie F | July 19, 2010

Coming Soon to a Computer Near You: The Los Angeles Review of Books

Publishers Weekly has announced the intended publication of The Los Angeles Review of Books, a new online periodical, set to appear this fall. LAROB is expected to “include multiplatform book reviews, author profiles, Skype interviews, and readings as well as critical essays on classic authors.” Among authors that have commited to contributing to the publication are  Jonathan Kirsch, Marisa Silver, Aimee Bender, T.C. Boyle, Janet Fitch, Jerry Stahl, and Carolyn See. The intent is for this publication to cover both national and international literary news.

This is important news for book lovers. First of all, that the periodical plans to include multiple platforms in the reviews acknowledges the growing body of literature outside the established publishing industry, opening avenues for new authors as well as new formats. Also, Tom Lutz, the director, has assembled a group of contributing editors, including some Pulitzer Prize winners, that is “representative of the growing importance of Los Angeles and West Coast–centric writers.” This should broaden readership and publishing opportunities for those outside of the New York-based Establishment.

At a time when there is growing concern about the demise of recreation reading – particularly among young people – the LAROB could be an important step forward in integrating the world of literature with new technologies. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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