Slate announced a new special section today, the Slate Book Review, which will take over the site’s homepage the first weekend of every month, beginning tomorrow. Slate Book Review will triple the amount of books coverage on the site, the New York Times reports.
The section is edited by senior culture editor Dan Kois, formerly of New York. Its first installment features reviews and essays by David Weigel, Allison Benedikt, Dana Stevens and Paul Ford, among others, and illustrations by Derf Backderf.
Slate’s new section may serve as a corrective to industry-wide trends. While stand-alone book review sections have disappeared from just about every newspaper except The New York Times, Slate is devoting homepage real estate and editorial manpower to books, including those without major marketing campaigns. A few pieces are available online today, including Wesley Morris’s review of Kevin Young‘s The Grey Album, which we haven’t seen reviewed anywhere else.
But the limitations of doing so online are never clearer than when Mr. Kois suggests we might read it when we “take [our] laptop to brunch.” That’s a sacrilege big enough to restore our faith in print.