Book talk on PBS tonight

The "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" drills down on the closure of newspaper book sections, pegged to the L.A. Times situation. Here's the email blast at Romenesko:

This past Sunday, the Los Angeles Times Book Review section became the latest casualty of the belt-tightening that the L.A. Times – and the American newspaper industry, more generally – is currently undergoing. As of today, now only three newspapers in the country produce stand-alone book review sections: The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

But even as newspapers struggle, book reviews and the discussions they foment are on the rise…on the internet.

Tonight on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Jeff Brown talks about the changing look of the book review with Steve Wasserman, a former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and Kassia Krozser, founder and editor of, a website that reviews books and discusses the state of the publishing industry.

Current LAT book editor David Ulin was on Larry Mantle this morning, talking about the future of books coverage in the paper. Here's the audio link.

Add books: Wasserman, the literary editor at Truthdig, has put up the first part of a nice interview with Ray Bradbury about life, love, literature and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Link

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