Today the Guardian UK launches a US web version: Guardian America. With a focus on more US news stories and international stories of interest to a US audience, Guardian America’s Washington DC-based staff will serve up a recipe of part-London with part-American content.

Michael Tomasky, former editor of the liberal magazine The American Prospect, will head the venture, with these key individuals (via Mediabistro’s Fishbowl):

  • Senior Editor: Megan Mulligan (The Hill, Forbes, Washington Post)
  • Congressional Beat: Elana Schor (The Hill, Dow Jones)
  • 2008 Presidential Race: Daniel Nasaw (Wall Street Journal, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
  • Freelance: Arts & Culture: Richard B. Woodward (New York Times, Wall Street Journal); Culture & Society: Inigo Thomas (Slate); Thoroughbred Racing & Sports: Alisa Solomon (Village Voice) theater; and Eric Banks (BookForum)

If only they’d also bring the Guardian Review stateside, with its copious books and arts coverage. Until then, you’ll have to go to the UK – web site that is – to read articles such as John Mullan’s re-visitation of Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for the Guardian Book Club. He notes its ironic narrative foundation – “a contradiction in which it takes some sly delight.” I say it’s darkly humorous, a fresh exploration of religion, growing up, and memoir writing–a must read.