Harper's Magazine Names Benjamin Moser as New Books Columnist

Thu Jan 8, 2009 11:16pm EST

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NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
Harper`s Magazine has announced that Benjamin Moser will write the magazine's
monthly New Books column. Moser's first column is scheduled for the May 2009
issue. From January 2003 to December 2008, New Books was written by the late
John Leonard, the prolific, talented critic whose wit and style were widely

"New Books, as written by Guy Davenport and John Leonard, was never less than a
tour de force," said Roger D. Hodge, editor of Harper`s. "Guy and John were both
writers with unmistakable voices who invariably were able to comprehend a
month's worth of fresh titles and find the elegant patterns of significance that
tied them all together. Ben has the same kind of mind and an equally strong
style. I'm delighted that he has agreed to write the column. " 

Jennifer Szalai, a senior editor of Harper`s who is responsible for the Reviews
section, said, "Ben brings with him a breadth of knowledge and an array of
interests that are nothing short of tremendous. His tastes as a critic and his
skills as a writer are such that we look forward to reading him in Harper`s each

Moser was born in Houston in 1976 and currently resides in the Netherlands. His
work has been published in The New York Review of Books, Condé Nast Traveler,
The American Scholar, and Newsweek, as well as in many other publications in the
United States and abroad. In Harper`s, Moser has written on subjects ranging
from Texas history to the fiftieth anniversary of Brasília to Dutch still-life.
He has published translations from French (Elie Wiesel, Bernard-Henri Lévy) and
Portuguese (Bernardo Carvalho, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza). Why This World, his
biography of the Jewish-Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, is forthcoming in
August from Oxford University Press. 

Founded in 1850, Harper`s Magazine (www.harpers.org) is the oldest continuously
published general-interest monthly in America. In September, the Pew Foundation
reported that Harper`s readers pay particularly close attention to national news
and stand out for their political knowledge. The magazine explores the issues
that drive the national conversation through such celebrated features as
Readings, Annotation, Findings, and the iconic Index. Harper`s has received
eighteen National Magazine Awards. The magazine is owned and published by the
Harper`s Magazine Foundation. 

Harper`s Magazine
Kathy J. Park, 212-420-5791

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