Wasserman has been busy

Former LAT Book Review Editor Steve Wasserman has not yet relocated to New York, where he'll run the office of Kneerim & Williams at Fish & Richardson, the literary agency that is part of the intellectual property law firm Fish & Richardson. But he has a stable of authors already under his wing. Wasserman's clients include Christopher Hitchens, Herbert Gold, Larry Beinhart of Wag the Dog fame, Frederic Raphael (writing a short biography of Cicero), USC professor Stephen Toulmin (author of Cosmopolis) and UCLA professor Russell Jacoby (The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe.) Wasserman is also representing Leslie Brody, professor of English at University of Redlands, on a forthcoming biography of Jessica Mitford. And just to show he'll mix up genres, Wasserman is handling a medical thriller called Bone by Dr. Timothy Miller, head of UCLA's Geffen Center for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Still only speculation on the search for a successor at the Times. Meanwhile, Mark Sarvas at The Elegant Variation uses the occasion of his father's illness to blog about literary fathers and sons. His guest blogger, Karen Palmer, adds some suggested reading.

Previously: Wasserman observed

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