Legendary book critic Michiko Kakutani to leave The New York Times

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Legendary book critic Michiko Kakutani to leave The New York Times

Jul 28 2017

Michiko Katkutani, one of the most formidable book critics in the history of The New York Times, is leaving her post as chief book critic at The Times. A replacement has not been announced but the odds are on Parul Sehgal (currently a senior editor and columnist at the New York Times Book Review) who is joining the paper's team of daily critics.

Katkutani joined The Times in 1979 as a reporter, and switched to criticism in 1983. In addition to her well respected book reviews, she has written extensively on other topics including the Iraq War and 9/11.

Kakutani is taking advantage of a voluntary buyout option recently implemented by The Times with the intention of freeing up budget for up to 100 additional reporters. Kakutani is the most high-profile employee so far to do so.

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