First things first. For those who have enjoyed any or all of New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul’s three previous books, executive editor Dean Baquet included a tantalizing bit of literary info in his Wednesday memo. The title of Paul’s fourth tome, due in 2017, is My Life With Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books; Plot Ensues.
Great title, from someone who has enjoyed a great career at the Times since joining the paper in 2011. Per Baquet’s memo, she will now oversee a much larger purview:
In order to continue and enhance our influence in a digital age we have decided to place all books coverage — daily and Sunday — in the hands of Pamela Paul, the current editor of the Sunday Book Review and one of our biggest stars. It will be Pamela’s job to think about how our coverage should change and, of course, how it should not change. (We will, for instance, maintain our Sunday Book Review. It is hard to imagine the paper without it.) Above all, we believe we have a significant opportunity to expand the audience for our books coverage.
Baquet notes that the expansion of Paul’s duties will pave the way for more articles on Sunday by Michiko Kakutani, Dwight Garner and Jennifer Senior, as well as allow Paul to decide which books merit two reviews. As part of the change, book publishing industry reporter Alexandra Alter will now also report to Paul.