The Atlantic Hires New Books and Culture Editor

The Atlantic has hired a new Books and Culture Editor. It’s TNR and Slate veteran Ann Hulbert.

Her list of accomplishments is exhausting and extremely impressive.

She starts in June.

See the internal memo from Editor-in-Chief James Bennet…

From: James Bennet
Date: Wed, Apr 3, 2013
Subject: Announcing Ann Hulbert
To: Everyone at The Atlantic


We’re delighted to announce that Ann Hulbert will be joining The Atlantic as our new Books and Culture Editor.

Ann has deep and impressive experience tilling books and culture terrain, in print and online. After graduate school, she started her magazine career at The New Republic, where she worked for sixteen years, most of them as a senior editor, focusing on the back of the book. (Her first job there was as assistant literary editor under Jack Beatty, who would go on to serve for fifteen years as The Atlantic’s books editor.) Ann began writing for Slate at its founding, and over the past decade served as a consultant on the magazine’s cultural coverage and then as its literary editor. (There she worked closely with, among others, Kate Julian, who can attest to what a wonderful colleague Ann is.)

Ann is also an accomplished writer. For a time, she wrote Slate’s “Sandbox” column, about parenting and education. She has been a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, writing cover stories and contributing to that publication’s old “Way We Live Now” column. She has also written for a wide range of other publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, and the TLS. And she is the author of two acclaimed books. Her first, The Interior Castle, was a biography of the short story writer and novelist Jean Stafford. Her second was Raising America: Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice About Children. (She’s now finishing a third book, about child prodigies.)

At the moment, Ann is a Spencer Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School, where she is studying community college reform. She will be joining us in Washington full time when her fellowship ends in June, but will start pitching in occasionally before then. She will be assigning books pieces for the magazine, beefing up The Culture File with essays on various subjects, and working with us to re-envision and expand our digital coverage of books.

We’ll welcome her properly when she actually arrives, but wanted to share the good news in the meantime.

James, Scott, and Bob