Times Plucks Travel Editor for the Book Review

The New York Times has hired internally to replace Dwight Garner at The Book Review after he moved to the daily reviewing beat. The nod goes to Laura Marmor, a deputy editor for the Travel Section. In her new job as Senior Editor, she’ll be making a “broad range of review assignments” and help put the section together each week while “collaborating with our editorial team to upgrade our enterprise projects,” writes Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus in a memo.

In September, The Times replaced reviews editor and Rome-bound Rachel Donadio with a copy editor at the paper, Greg Cowles.

Here’s the memo announcing Ms. Marmor’s new positon:

The Book Review is delighted to announce that we’ve found a new Senior Editor. She is Laura Marmor, who since 2004 has been the Deputy Editor at Travel, where, according to Stuart Emmrich, “she recruited notable writers both from within the paper and from outside (including Edward Albee) and also edited a number of special issues, including one on Literary Travels.”

Before coming to The Times, Laura worked at The New York Review of Books, Esquire and Mirabella (rising to become Deputy Editor) and for five years was a Page-One editor at The Wall Street Journal. At the Book Review, “the fabulous Laura Marmor,” in Stuart’s phrase, will be making a broad range of review assignments in addition to helping Bob Harris and me put the section together each week and collaborating with our editorial team to upgrade our enterprise projects. She’s joining us in December.

Sam Tanenhaus