Books Editor

Boston, MA
Full Time
Living Main
Mid Level

The Boston Globe seeks a creative, energetic editor with a deep knowledge of books and book publishing to revamp and guide its weekly Books section. You will be responsible for producing an engaging and varied section that reflects the New England literary landscape and fuels the joy of reading. The ideal candidate reads widely and can skillfully assess the many forthcoming releases to single out titles for review. In addition to editing reviews and regular columns, the books editor will assign and sometimes write enterprise features, news stories, and interviews related to books, New England authors, bookstores and libraries, and publishing trends. Working full-time, the editor will also develop ideas for events, special sections and projects, and for building a community of readers. 


  • Choose, assign, and edit up to five books for review per week, matching books to knowledgeable reviewers.
  • Assign, edit, and occasionally write news stories, enterprise features, and essays related to books, New England authors, publishing trends, and bookstore and library culture.
  • Review and respond to pitches from freelancers.
  • Hire and manage freelance columnists.
  • Launch and write a weekly books newsletter that drives reader engagement.
  • Work with designers and photography department to conceive of art and design treatment for covers, columns, and features.
  • Manage the section’s freelance budget for writing and art.
  • Continue to build a diverse stable of skilled reviewers.
  • Pitch in with social media, Web-head writing, and other tasks as needed.
  • Propose and moderate author readings and events. 


  • At least five years of post-college editing experience at a professionally produced publication.
  • The editing chops to guide, shape, and polish stories to meet Boston Globe standards.
  • A deep contact list of book reviewers across a range of subject matter expertise.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks on tight deadlines. 
  • A sense for the stories and angles that will appeal to book lovers.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • A willingness to adapt and be audience focused, with a curious mindset and a commitment to creating an inclusive work environment 

To apply, please include your resume and a cover letter that lists three forthcoming books you would propose the section review together on a future Sunday and the reviewers you would assign to each.

You must live in or near the Boston area and be able to attend local book events and regular in-office meetings.

Vaccination Statement:

We require that all BGMP employees (including temporary employees, co-ops, interns, and independent contractors) be vaccinated from COVID-19, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise. All BGMP employees, regardless of vaccination status or work location, must provide proof of vaccination status as instructed by the employee's designated Human Resources contact. Employees may request a reasonable accommodation or other exemption from this policy by contacting their designated Human Resources contact. Failure to comply with or enforce any part of this policy, or misrepresentation of compliance with this policy, may result in discipline, up to and including termination of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation and other requirements of applicable federal, state, and local law.

EEO Statement:

Boston Globe Media Partners is an equal employment opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, military or veteran status, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition or any other protected characteristic. Boston Globe Media Partners is committed to diversity in its most inclusive sense.


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