Chronicle' Resurrects Book Reviewing, (surely Red Roomers played a role). Oscar Villalon is out, John McMurtrie new editor.
By Steven Zeitchik--Publishers Weekly, 10/8/08
The San Francisco Chronicle has reversed its decisions made this spring to shorten its book review section and to fold it into the newspaper (News, June 4). It has lengthened the section and began publishing it as a stand-alone again on October 7.
Unlike the book review's former incarnation, this one will take the form of a broadsheet. Its six pages will roughly translate into the 12 tabloid pages the section contained before it was absorbed into the paper.
Book review editor Oscar Villalon said the decision had little to do with economics and a lot to do with readers. "Enough people complained that they [newspaper executives] felt they had to change it," he said. Indeed, it's hard to imagine new economic incentive. So far, it's the only book review section to recant its recent promise for austerity.
By Lynn Andriani -- Publishers Weekly, 10/16/2008 2:16:00 PM
In the wake of longtime San Francisco Chronicle book review editor Oscar Villalon’s exit from the paper, John McMurtrie has taken over the Sunday Books section. He will also handle the book reviews that run in the paper’s daily Datebook. McMurtrie started in his new position this week.
He has been at the Chronicle since 1999, when he was hired as a copy editor for the news department. In 2002, he moved to features and became one of the department's slot editors. In his previous role, McMurtrie edited book reviews, wrote reviews and contributed book-related stories to the paper.
Villalon took a buyout in August, as did deputy book editor Regan McMahon.