Marie Arana, longtime NBCC member and editor of the Washington Post Book World, has accepted a buyout and will be stepping down. Journal-isms quotes Arana saying, “The Post has asked me to accept a contract to write for them after I leave my position on Dec. 31, which I will do. I’ll be looking for a fellowship position (or some such like) at a university and writing a book about Simon Bolivar … My second novel (4th book) comes out in January. I’ll be writing, rather than editing, in the future.” We wish her all the best—the world of criticism will miss her. For a thumbnail account of her career click here (and scroll down).