Chief books section editor Pamela Paul at the New York Times Book Review recently told PW that the section will continue to hire new writers and editors to focus "across all genres," -- including, presumably, ''cli-fi'' -- covering novels she feels the Times did not effectively cover in the past.
Paul said that the Times is expanding its books coverage, with the intent of becoming more "strategic" in how it covers particular books.
Previously, the newspaper had 3 separate desks that covered books entirely independent of one another.
That will now change, with all books coverage falling under a single Books Desk umbrella.
To this end, Paul noted that the Times has been, and will continue, hiring new writers and editors to write about books in different ways.
Those editors and writers will be focused "across all genres," Paul said, and covering—but not reviewing—books [in genres such as cli-fi and SFF and ecolit that] she feels the the paper did not effectively cover in the past.
There will be a re-design of the New York Times Book Review, which remains "central" to the newspaper's books-related mission. The redesign will affect both digital and print and, will be unveiled sometime in summer 2017.