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Maria Russo Rejoins the New York Times

RussoHeadshotAfter a long run in Los Angeles, veteran journalist and editor Maria Russo is headed back to New York City. Starting August 4, she will be the children’s book editor for the New York Times Book Review.

Here’s the memo from TBR editor Pamela Paul and deputy editor David Kelly:

Maria is a veteran of TBR, having filled in as a preview editor under Chip McGrath, and a native New Yorker. She was first brought in as a freelance book reviewer by Dwight Garner, whom Maria succeeded as books editor at Salon. Maria is also a former features editor at the New York Observer.

Despite all her New York cred, for the past 10 years, Maria has been working in Los Angeles, where she was most recently the editor in chief of Pasadena magazine. Before that, she was an editor in the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times. Maria has also published widely as a freelancer, writing for the Magazine and the Book Review, among other venues.

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The New York Times Book Review Gets New Deputy Editor

David Kelly, who has been with the New York Times Book Review since 2005, has been promoted to Deputy Editor. Kelly will succeed Bob Harris, who left the paper last month. According to the New York ObserverSam Tanenhaus, the Senior Editor of the Book review, wrote that Kelly was more than qualified for the position.

“It’s not surprising that so skilled an editor should also be a witty and amusing writer (see, for example, David’s reviews of memoirs by Barbara Walters and James Wolcott and his wry essay on The Sopranos and cultural studies),” stated Tanenhaus in a memo announcing the change. “No one in our shop commands more respect, and no one is better liked. Please join me in congratulating David on his new job.”

Riverside County Pulls Dictionaries Off School Shelves For ‘Oral Sex’

Merriam Webster Dictionary.jpgWhen we first saw the headline we thought,”They need to get new hobbies in Texas.” But alas, it’s Riverside County, which is like Texas only backwards and Sierra Nevada adjacent. But no, it’s Riverside County. The last national story about the area east of LA, was when a Republican women’s group president sent out a picture of then candidate Barack Obama on food stamps with watermelon and Kool-Aid in their monthly newsletter.

Now, they’ve pulled dictionaries for – wait for it – having a word in it.

LAT David Kelly writes:

“The dictionaries have not been banned,” said Betti Cadmus, a spokeswoman for the Menifee Union School District in conservative southwest Riverside County on Monday. “There was a growing concern by parents that some of the words were not age-appropriate.”

A panel of parents, teachers and administrators will meet later this week to comb the dictionary for potentially graphic words or definitions and issue a report within a month.

“They will determine the extent to which the dictionaries support the curriculum, the age appropriateness of the materials and its suitability for the age levels of the students,” Cadmus said. “It’s not going to be an arbitrary decision.”

Read the whole story here.

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