Ex-Times editor at percentery

Wasserman wooed by Kneerim & Williams

Having stepped down as Los Angeles Times Book Review editor on Monday, Steve Wasserman has joined Gotham literary agency Kneerim & Williams.

Wasserman, who edited the Times’ book review section since 1996, resigned after clashing with other editors at the paper, including his boss — associate editor of features Tim Rutten — and deputy managing editor John Montorio, who leads the paper’s feature sections.

Montorio and Rutten wrote in a memo to the Times staff on Tuesday that Wasserman informed them of his resignation several weeks ago but “characteristically offered to remain through the recent Times Festival of Books,” which was held two weekends ago.

No replacement has been announced, though the Times editors said a search was under way and they expect to announce a replacement soon.

Kneerim & Williams is the tenpercentery branch of law firm Fish & Richardson P.C.

Wasserman has been named director in charge of the lit agency, which represents authors including Brad Meltzer, Stephen Greenblatt, Joseph Ellis and E.O. Wilson. Wasserman will begin his duties May 16.

He will work with Gotham-based agents Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed. The company’s remaining four agents are based in either Boston or Los Angeles.

Wasserman is expected to represent talent and run the office along with fellow co-directors Ike Williams and Jill Kneerim.

Before joining the Los Angeles Times, Wasserman was editorial director of Times Books, when it was a division of Random House.

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