Jon Thurber named Book Review editor
Jon Thurber will leave his position of managing editor, print to become the new Book Review editor of the L.A. Times. The news was announced Monday, and while his exact start date hasn't been announced, I've already begun bugging him with e-mails.
Thurber, a Los Angeles native, has spent 38 years at The Times. He worked on the Foreign Desk, in features and as obituary editor before overseeing the front page and the A1 desk.
Thurber succeeds David L. Ulin, who after five years as book editor is moving into a new role as book critic.
Thurber says he plans to "build on the great coverage David [Ulin] and Nick [Owchar] have led over the last few years."
Anticipating my next question, Thurber added, "no, I'm not related to James Thurber and, of the two writers, I actually preferred E.B. White."
The memo announcing Jon Thurber's appointment is after the jump.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Jon Thurber. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
Jon Thurber is our new Book Review editor.
In his new post, Jon will work to continue the strong coverage directed
by David Ulin, who ran the section for five years and was recently named
book critic. Jon will lead a team of editors and writers who will
produce a broader range of reviews, features and trend stories for the
daily and Sunday Calendar sections and A1. He also will oversee the
lively landing page online as well as the prize-winning Jacket Copy
During the last year, Jon served as managing editor, print, where he
directed the daily A1 process, oversaw the successful launch of the
LATExtra section and, in recent months, has been working with me on a
number of strategic initiatives tied to the future of the newsroom.
Asst. Managing Editor Joe Eckdahl, who has been pinch-hitting for Jon
during this stretch, will oversee the A1 operation.
Before being named managing editor last July, Jon spent 11 years as obituary editor, building our coverage into some of the best in the country. He also led by example, penning more than 400 obits during his time as editor.
Jon joined The Times as a copy boy and has worked on the copy desk and as an editor in Foreign and Calendar. As Book Review Editor, Jon will report to Alice Short, Asst. Managing Editor, Features.
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