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March 2 2012 6:35 AM

Introducing the Slate Book Review

Slate goes big on books with a new monthly special issue.

The Slate Book Review logo illustration by Derf Backderf
Logo by Derf Backderf

Over the past few years, newspapers, magazines, and media organizations have shrunk book coverage substantially, shuttering standalone book review sections and lowering the budget and editorial energy devoted to books. Well, here at Slate, we pride ourselves on going against the conventional wisdom. That’s why we’re proud to announce a grand expansion of our books coverage with the launch of a new monthly Slate special section: the Slate Book Review.

Dan Kois Dan Kois

Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor, co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting, and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

The first weekend of every month, the Slate Book Review will take over Slate’s home page, delivering reviews of the newest fiction and nonfiction; essays on reading, writing, and the great (and terrible) books of years gone by; author interviews; videos and podcasts; and much more. We’re proud to bring together Slatesters whose work you know and love with great new writers who’ve never appeared in our magazine before, all in one smart, essential package.

We’ll be rolling out sneak previews from this month’s issue all day today, Friday—with all our fantastic new pieces going live on Saturday morning. So this weekend, as you curl up on the couch with a tablet or take your laptop to brunch, enjoy:

And a lot more!

You’ll notice as well that this month’s Slate Book Review is illustrated by cartoonist Derf Backderf, whose excellent graphic novel My Friend Dahmer comes out this month. Each issue of the Review will feature the work of a different cartoonist, who will also customize the Slate Book Review logo to suit his or her fancy.

We’re very excited for you to read all that the new Slate Book Review has to offer. Follow us on Twitter @slatebooks, and bookmark or pin our new homepage: http://www.slate.com/books.

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