From an internal notice, obtained by FishbowlDC:
I am sorry to report that Book World will soon lose Jabari Asim to The Crisisâ€”a magazine founded by none other than the estimable W.E.B. Du Boisâ€”where he will be its chief editor.
It’s a wonderful opportunity for him and, given his prodigious talents, I expect him to make history there. For more than a decade now, Jabari has brought energy, sass, innovation and wisdom to Book World’s pages, and he has been a great and loyal friend. I will miss him more than I can say.
We are now in search of a cultural editor. The ideal candidate will have nurtured a lifelong fascination with books. He or she will have: experience in the book review circuit, familiarity with a large stable of experts, the pluck to approach the prized and famous and the charm to lure them to the task. She/he will not assume Jabari’s deputy editorship (that position will be determined later, after this hire), but will manage the broad range of subjects Jabari has long handled for us: race, gender, society, family, cultural and intellectual history, social and literary criticism, sports, anthropology, music, the arts. If he/she has strong side interests–as Jabari has in poetry, jazz, graphic novels, and children’s literature–so much the better. This editor must also have excellent blue- and red-pencil skills, be a nitpicker about accuracy and a pillar of rectitude on conflict-of-interest issues. She/he will be a highly motivated team player with enough muscle to prod colleagues to better, more timely work (as copy chief), and enough grace and good humor to do so diplomatically.
As is true for all editors here at Book World: there are great opportunities for writing for the section. Every editor on staff is a writer. We welcome the chance to publish their work. It should go without saying that we are also especially interested in editors who can work toward developing our Books presence online.
Candidates should be prepared to write a memo critiquing Book World and explaining how their experience and credentials fit the job.