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09/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/14/2021 05:47

Staff News From Books

First, please join us in welcoming not one but two new book critics who will join Dwight Garner and Jennifer Szalai as staff Times critics.

Molly Young comes to us from New York magazine, where she has been the literary critic for the past two years and all-around literary superstar - in addition to her stylish reviews, she has written essays (like this gem on garbage language, truly a public service) and profiles, like this excellent one of Katie Kitamura. Since 2015, she has also been a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, where she has written about subjects ranging from Jonah Hill to escape rooms (yes!) to pandemic yoga to celebrity wellness. She is the co-author, with Joana Avillez, of 'D C-T' (Penguin, 2018) and - a special bonus - has written two crossword puzzles for The Times. Molly will be writing book reviews, a newsletter, profiles and essays about language and literature, and contributing to 'The Book Review Podcast.'

Alexandra Jacobs is a familiar name to Times readers and to readers of the Book Review, for which she has freelanced for more than a decade. Alexandra comes from the Styles desk, where she has been the deputy editor since 2018. Alexandra has been reviewing books since her first job in journalism, opening boxes of them for Tina Jordan at Entertainment Weekly, and has never stopped, through stints as a features editor and fashion critic. At The New York Observer, she profiled authors including the feminist Susan Faludi and the naturalist James Prosek; wrote about publishing trends such as the rise of the media coach in the world of literary fiction; and was an editor of 'The Kingdom of New York,' an anthology of the publication's glory years. For The Times, she has written about a glitzy edition of 'Our Bodies, Ourselves,' the 'Eloise' illustrator Hilary Knight and the triumphant resurgence of a certain first-person pronoun, and about works by Barbara Ehrenreich, Jackie Collins, Mary Cheney and dozens of memoirists, novelists and showbiz figures. She is herself the author of 'Still Here,' an acclaimed biography of Elaine Stritch, and has also contributed to The New Yorker, The Washington Post Book World and many other publications.

And now, some happy news from the Book Review:

Jennifer Wilson, one of the smartest freelance literary critics working today, will also become a contributing essayist for the Book Review. Readers of the Book Review will have encountered Jennifer's reviews and essays in recent months, including pieces about Yan Lianke, Dostoevsky's wife and more. Jennifer is a contributing writer at The Nation magazine, where she writes for the Books & the Arts section. She holds a Ph.D. in Russian literature from Princeton University, and currently directs the Arts & Culture Reporting concentration at the CUNY Newmark School of Journalism. She will be writing essays and book reviews for us on a regular basis.

Please join us in celebrating and welcoming these three talented women to our report. Molly, Alexandra and Jennifer will take on these new roles this month.

Pamela Paul, John Williams and Tina Jordan