Globe and Mail to hire new books editor as part of editorial shuffle
The Globe and Mail is hiring a new full-time books editor as the paper undergoes what managing editor Elena Cherney described in a note to staff as a “series of moves in the features and news editing groups.”
Effective Monday, current books editor Martin Levin, who has been in the position since 1996, will become obituaries editor. Globe and Mail editor-in-chief John Stackhouse could not confirm how assistant books editor Jack Kirchhoff’s role will change.
Stackhouse says books coverage will remain in the newspaper’s Arts section. Until a new editor is found, Weekend and Focus editor Julie Traves will oversee the section and handle pitches. Once hired, the new books editor will report to Traves.
As for the size of the books section going forward, Stackhouse says, “It may be more. It may be less, though I don’t think it will be.”
Adding that space in newspapers everywhere fluctuates for various sections, Stackhouse says it will not determine the quality of The Globe and Mail’s work. “We will continue to publish what I hope is an outstanding weekly books section but also hope to develop … the most engaging books coverage in the country,” he says. “I’m looking forward to new leadership that will continue to test new frontiers.”