Larry McMurtry Writing Harper's column

NEW YORK (AP) - Larry McMurtry's newest job is not writing books but writing about them.

The author of "Lonesome Dove," "Terms of Endearment" and other novels is stepping in for an indefinite period as the "New Books" columnist for Harper's Magazine.

The publication announced Wednesday that McMurtry's first column will appear in the issue that arrives next week.

McMurtry is filling in for "White Teeth" novelist Zadie Smith, who is on temporary leave.