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Gilbert Cruz Named Recent York Times Books Editor


The Recent York Times on Thursday named Gilbert Cruz as its Books editor, handing him the duty of reworking the newspaper’s book review “for the digital age.”

Mr. Cruz has been the Culture editor at The Times since January 2018, in control of arts and culture coverage, including the Arts & Leisure print section within the Sunday paper.

Mr. Cruz replaces Pamela Paul, who was the editor of The Recent York Times Book Review for nine years before becoming an Opinion columnist in April.

“A natural leader, he’ll push for provocative coverage and difficult ideas, and convey fresh perspectives to our books report,” read a note to the newsroom on Thursday signed by the Times editors Sam Sifton, Joe Kahn and Carolyn Ryan.

The Times publishes the country’s last stand-alone newspaper book review section, which has been in print since 1896.

The editors said Mr. Cruz would reimagine The Recent York Times Book Review, the weekly print section, for a digital audience. They said he would also “increase and embolden our reporting on and criticism of ideas and mental life, the publishing world and all that lives inside it,” in addition to help readers select books to read.

Mr. Cruz began at The Times seven years ago as the tv editor. Before that, he was the editorial director at Vulture, Recent York magazine’s culture site.

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