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LA Times Eliminates Freelance Books Columnists

The Los Angeles Times has eliminated a number of freelance books columnists, including Susan Salter Reynolds, author of the weekly “Discoveries” column. Books staffers Carolyn Kellogg, Jon Thurber, David Ulin, and Nick Owchar all remain at the newspaper.

Publishers Weekly had the scoop: “Reynolds was with the Times for 23 years as both a staffer and freelancer and wrote the ‘Discoveries’ column that appeared each week in the Sunday book review. She was told that her column was cancelled and will not be replaced by another writer … Jon Thurber, editor of the book review, explained to Reynolds last Thursday that all books-related stories will now be done in-house, and that the decision to cease eliminate non-staffers was based on his freelance budget being cut.”

In addition, Paperback Writers” columnist Richard Rayner and “Word Play” columnist Sonja Bolle were also cut. Blog editor Tony Pierce has also been laid off. The newspaper would not reveal how many freelance jobs were lost. A spokesperson told Publishers Weekly “we have not changed our commitment” to writing about books.

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BEA Day Two: Ethics in Book Reviewing

Immediately after moderating the blog panel, Bud Parr took out his video camera and taped the panel proceedings, which he’s edited into the above highlight show. And considering the star wattage assembled for the panel, highlights abounded.

Moderator and Philly Inquirer book critic Carlin Romano began by rattling off all 37 questions asked as part of the National Book Critics Circle‘s revised survey on book reviewing ethics, commenting with tongue in cheek that the only question all 356 responders agreed on was that they were NBCC members. Then each panelist spoke for about five minutes or so on the nature of ethics and starting with Christopher Hitchens, the consensus was that if it’s not okay to review a friend’s work, it shouldn’t necessarily be taboo, either. “Who knows a writer’s body of work better,” said former NYTBR editor John Leonard of what he termed a “friend of a mind”, adding that such questions are “small potatoes compared to the corruption of a culture at large.”

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Inaugural Asian Pacific American Book Festival Set for May 12

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California will launch the Asian Pacific American Book Festival, the first festival of its kind focusing on the literary contributions of writers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, on Saturday, May 12 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The festival will be part of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Some of the confirmed panelists include Newbery Award winner Cynthia Kadohata, Asian American Writers Workshop executive director Quang Bao, Los Angeles Times Book Review editor David Ulin, poet Victoria Chang, and pioneering Latino activist and author Luis J. Rodriguez.

“The Asian Pacific American Legal Center’s mission is to advocate for issues involving our various ethnic communities and what could be more illuminating than to spread, share, and examine our stories,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center. “Through the celebration of these stories, we can help to transform the lives of not only Asian Pacific Americans, but also our larger world. Democracy begins with ideas and these ideas are expressed through words, either spoken or written.”