Alex Star leaves the ‘Times’ Book Review, moves to book publisher F.S.G.

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Alex Star is leaving the New York Times Book Review, where he is a senior editor, to become a senior editor at the smart-person book publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Star is famous for being editor of now-defunct but much beloved by smart people magazine Lingua Franca, and for founding The Boston Globe's popular Ideas section; from there he made his way to The New York Times Magazine. But he joined the Book Review in Dec. 2010 amid Hugo Lindgren's shaking up of the magazine, where Star had been deputy editor.

The memo on his departure for F.S.G. is below:

We announce with deep regret that Alex Star, the Book Review’s senior editor, is leaving in April to become senior editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He will acquire and edit nonfiction and fiction books. It's a natural fit, since FSG published the anthology of Lingua Franca articles Alex edited in 2002, culled from his years as Lingua Franca's editor.

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Alex joined The Times in 2004 after founding and editing the Boston Globe Ideas section. Since then, he has been one of the paper’s most accomplished, creative and respected editors, beginning at the Magazine, where he was first senior editor and then deputy editor, and then at the Book Review, where he added two regular columns and commissioned many back-page essays even as he enhanced our overall coverage with his matchless erudition and wide-ranging editorial gifts.

Alex also edited The Times’s best-selling WikiLeaks e-book (with contributions from Bill Keller, John Burns and others). His departure is a major loss, but we look forward to the many successes he is sure to achieve in this important new position. Please join us in congratulating Alex.

Sam Tanenhaus and David Kelly.