Gilbert Cruz, Tina Jordan and Juliana Barbassa | The New York Times
To be a preview editor for The New York Times Book Review is to have special and remarkable work, almost unique to our newsroom. Preview editors must read hundreds of unpublished books each year to recommend which ones to review (or not), and they must engage in the particular kind of matchmaking that sets book review apart: finding the perfect person to write about each book – all this before editing the reviews themselves. It’s a job that requires an inordinate enthusiasm for books, a deep knowledge of genres, and an encyclopedic knowledge of authors, scholars, and other writers.
Sadie Stein possesses all of these qualities, which is why we are delighted to announce that she has joined us as our new Editor-in-Chief.
New York native Sadie has always been a prolific reader and her literary interests range from American to French history, thrillers and mysteries to architecture and design, philosophy to Broadway lyrics. She started her career at Jezebel, where she covered books and culture. From there she went to the Paris Review, where she spent half a decade writing, editing and eventually running that publication’s intelligent and influential website. Sadie has done extensive freelance work, writing delightful personal essays and cultural coverage on topics as varied as Mr. met, the joys of hoarding and New York crooks. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.
Long-time contributor to the Book Review (see his piece on the mid-20th century “Career Romance” series), Sadie joined us earlier this year to help out when one of our editors went on leave. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t want to leave and we didn’t want her to leave. Please join us in congratulating Sadie on her new position on staff.