An internal email from Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, obtained by FishbowlDC:
Colleagues, we are announcing today a couple of changes in our Sunday
paper and the way we cover books and literature.
Starting on Feb. 22, our book coverage will appear in Style throughout
the week and in the Outlook section on Sundays. We will end Book World’s run as a stand-alone print section but will revamp and rebrand our books section online as Book World, where we’ll offer readers a robust, well-organized site dedicated to our coverage and reviews of books.
This new arrangement recognizes the tremendous importance of books,
ideas, literature and reading to our audience.
In the daily paper, Style will run a daily “Book World” review, as well
as coverage of literature and publishing. Big events in the book world,
as well as interviews or profiles of authors, will be featured in Style, more often on the cover and more prominently than in the past.
On Sundays, Outlook will become the primary venue for books coverage,
with a focus on non-fiction books and ideas alongside its traditional
package of lively journalism and thoughtful essays from outside
contributors. Outlook will carry Jon Yardley’s column, our Best Seller
list and other features.
In addition, we will continue to publish occasional special tabloid-format Book World sections on Sundays, built around themes such
as Summer Reading or Children’s Books. We also have started a syndicated product called “Book Digest” that will bring Post reviews to other newspapers around the country.
Running this coverage will be Rachel Shea, whose skills and knowledge
have been honed during her successful tenure as Marie Arana’s deputy and acting successor. The Book World team remains intact and the group’s mission will be to serve all Post venues–Style, Outlook, the special tab sections and our online Book World section. This is a model for how we want to approach a number of coverage areas at The Post: with reporting groups that serve all our platforms, in print and online.
In addition to these changes in the news department, the editorial and
op-ed pages that now appear Sundays in Outlook will migrate from that
section into the A section. We will add a third page of opinion on
The Close To Home page, which features opinion contributions from and
about people in our area, will move to the Sunday Metro section and,
like all of this content, will continue to be run by the editorial page.
The changes outlined here will take effect in the third week of