Christian Lorentzen will join New York Magazine and Vulture.com as book critic, writing book reviews as well as “longer assessments and essays on books and writers and shorter commentary on a wide range of literary matters.” Lorentzen will start writing for the magazine in April and increase his output in June when he returns to New York from London. He was most recently senior editor at the London Review of Books, where he will remain an editor-at-large.
Literary agent Maria Ribas has joined Stonesong, representing nonfiction in the areas of cooking, home, health/diet, personal development, business, psychology, and memoir. Ribas had been at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.
Jenna Lettice was promoted to assistant editor at the Random House Children’s imprint.
Somewhere along the line the media moved on from Mark Zuckerberg’s Year of Books (after quickly declaring him another Oprah): Two weeks ago he selected Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc. and yesterday, the initiative picked Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (the book that gave us paradigm shifts).
Longlists were released for nine of the many 2015 PEN Literary Awards. Actual finalists will be announced on April 15, and the winners will be named May 13.
Amazon has greenlit a second season of Bosch, their TV show based on Michael Connelly’s books. The new season will draw from the novels Trunk Music and The Drop. Connelly says in the release: “I love what we started with and I think our plans for the second season will make the show even better and more exploratory of the character of Harry Bosch.”