Okay, it’s not all bad news, just a reference to the 4th item. Meow.
- John Arthur and John Montorio, two top editors at the Los Angeles Times, have been named its managing editors. Arthur, currently an assistant managing editor who oversees the front page, will head the news department, and Montorio, the newspaper’s associate editor, will oversee the features department.
- LA Observed says the Los Angeles Times killed a column suggesting the paper follow the lead of the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday (which distributed 2.9 million free Prince CDs) and partner with older artists to give away music in the paper. The Honolulu Advertiser did this last month with a new single of an upcoming, posthumous Israel Kamakawiwo`ole cd.
- Rumor has it the National Book Critics Circle will launch a project this fall aimed at spotlighting their past finalists and winners (from 1975 to present) through a series of guest blog posts on Critical Mass. They’ll feature a book a week and try to surprise you—it could be Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine: A Novel (P.S.) or any other from the list.
- Apparently even felines couldn’t wait to get their paws on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7). And I haven’t yet read even one Potter tome.
- It’s a war for peace, (or at least that’s what Bushies want us to think), but in publishing it’s seriously so. Two new translations of Tolstoy’s War and Peace are out this fall from Knopf and Ecco. Who will win? In one corner: At 912 pages, chock full of illustrations with a helmet set on the cover for $34.95–Ecco’s book. In the other corner: at 1,312 pages, lean and mean with no illustrations and instead many muscular footnotes, with a golden church dome on the cover for $40—Knopf’s book.
- And you thought Bookswim was the “Netflix for Books.” Eight years ago Booksfree.com started it all, but doesn’t seem to have hired as savvy a PR person as the recent college grads at Bookswim did. I still don’t know how they ship hardcovers to Hawai`i for $19.99 a month.
- “If the papers shut down reviews, it’ll be like having the door slammed in my face and the door removed,” says Lindsay Waters, executive editor of the humanities at Harvard University Press.