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Jonathan Lethem to join Pomona College faculty

April 23, 2010 |  2:11 pm


Novelist Jonathan Lethem will be leaving his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., for sunny Southern California, Pomona College announced Friday.

But first, he'll have one last eastern fall to enjoy. After a vote of the trustees, he is expected to take his place as the Roy Edward Disney Professor in Creative Writing at Pomona College in spring 2011. 

While Lethem is known for his books set in New York -- including "Motherless Brooklyn," "Fortress of Solitude" and 2009's "Chronic City" -- he lived for some time in Berkeley and set his 2007 book "You Don't Love Me Yet" in Los Angeles. Perhaps Southern California will appear in his future work.

From 2002 to 2008, the Roy Edward Disney Professorship in Creative Writing was held by David Foster Wallace. 

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Jonathan Lethem at home in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2007. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times