‘Observer’ books reporter Emily Witt leaves ... to write a book of her own

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Emily Witt; The New York Observer. ()
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Emily Witt, The New York Observer's publishing reporter for the past year, is leaving the weekly to write a book, Capital has learned.

And so Witt, whose regular reporting for the website and print editions has focused on the hothouse conditions of New York's books trade, and often includes headlines about people getting book deals, found herself in the position upon being contacted by Capital of answering just the sort of questions she has often found herself asking. 

Reached via email, Witt confirmed that the book will be a "thoroughly reported cultural history of female sexuality in America." It sold to Faber & Faber in August, and Witt recused herself from reporting on the publisher when conflicts presented themselves, she said.

Of her time at the Observer, which she joined shortly before Elizabeth Spiers took the reins from previous editor Kyle Pope last February, Witt said: "I’ve had a great year. I’ve learned a lot about both the genius and the bathos of New York City media circles and I will miss my clever colleagues very much."

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Spiers said: "I look forward to reading the book. Emily's an excellent writer."