Greg Cowles Promoted to Editorship at the Times Book Review

Sam Tanenhaus, head honcho at The New York Times Book Review, announced today in a memo that Gregory Cowles, a

Sam Tanenhaus, head honcho at The New York Times Book Review, announced today in a memo that Gregory Cowles, a fellow who has been helping out around the NYTBR in various ways since he joined the copy desk in 2004, has been promoted to preview editor. For some reason this is what they call the people responsible for choosing the books, finding reviewers, and editing their stuff; Mr. Cowles, according to the memo, will focus his energies on "new and emerging fiction voices." 

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The announcement comes a few days after the Review lost Rachel Donadio, who edited and wrote essays for the back of the book, to the NYT’s Rome bureau

Full memo below: 

Sam Tanenhaus is delighted to announce that Gregory Cowles will become
the Book Review’s newest preview editor.

Since joining the Book Review’s copy desk in 2004, after a stint in
Business Day, Greg has become a regular presence both in our pages —
as a reviewer and an admirable pinch-hitter for Dwight Garner’s
"Inside the List" column — and online, where he posts regularly to our
Paper Cuts blog.

Greg was also a driving force behind the Book Review’s survey of "The
Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years."And he’s a
wizardly headline writer, as the American Copy Editors Society
recently acknowledged when they selected him as "Headline Writer of
the Year" for 2007.

In his new job, Greg will be previewing books in a wide range of
areas, with special emphasis on new and emerging fiction voices. It’s
hard to imagine a better choice since Greg has an M.F.A. in fiction
from Columbia, where he had a teaching-writing fellowship and was the
editor of the Columbia Journal. He has also worked as a fiction
assistant at The New Yorker, where he evaluated solicited manuscripts
and read novel galleys for possible excerpt.

Sam Tanenhaus

Greg Cowles Promoted to Editorship at the Times Book Review