Steve Wasserman

Wasserman is a partner at literary agency Kneerim & Williams in its New York office. He is a former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Before joining the newspaper, Steve was for six years the editorial director of Times Books. Before joining Times Books, Steve was publisher and editorial director of Hill and Wang. Steve also headed FSG’s Noonday Press, the firm’s trade paperback imprint, overseeing both nonfiction and fiction titles. Steve is also a former editor in chief of New Republic Books, a subsidiary of New Republic magazine and a co-publishing venture with Basic Books. From 1978 through 1983, Steve was assistant editor of the Op-Ed Page and Sunday Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. Steve is a founder and co-director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at the University of Southern California and has taught advanced nonfiction writing at USC’s Professional Writing Program. He has also taught cultural criticism at the Graduate School of Journalism of the University of California, Berkeley. In 2002, Steve chaired the nominating jury for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction; in 2004, he was a member of the nominating jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. He also served for nearly a decade on the jury for the annual literary prizes awarded by the Commonwealth Club of California. He is currently a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and has been an adjunct professor in NYU’s Department of Cultural Reporting and Journalism. He holds an A.B. in criminology from the University of California at Berkeley.

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