On Tuesday, May 3rd, the Los Angeles Review of Books will publish a critique of young adult title Zora and Me, written by author Margaret Stohl. This will mark the beginning of an imprint on the site of by newly hired young adult and children’s editor Cecil Castellucci (pictured).
Castellucci, an award-winning young adult author, tells Publisher’s Weekly that she already has seven more reviews banked and plans to occasionally get a recognizable literary figure to write up a favorite kids title. She also explains how the sideline gig came about:
Castellucci met LARB founder and editor Tom Lutz at a Los Angeles literary event last year. “Tom called me in August and offered me the position, but it seemed so daunting at the time that I turned him down,” says Castellucci.
When Lutz assured her that she could start slowly and work at her own pace, Castellucci, who is currently writing two books and travels frequently to promote her titles and participate in YA seminars, decided to accept the offer.
Castellucci is a two-time MacDowell Colony fellow and won a Flying Start award from Publisher’s Weekly for her 2005 debut Boy Proof.