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Kirkus Reviews
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Editor Virginia Kirkus (1933 – July 1962)
Categories Book reviews
FrequencySemimonthly
PublisherVirginia Kirkus Bookshop Service, Virginia Kirkus Service, Inc. (from 1962), and others
Kirkus Media, LLC (from 2010)
First issueJanuary 1933;89 years ago (1933-01)
Country United States
Based in New York City, New York, U.S.
LanguageEnglish
Website kirkusreviews.com
ISSN 1948-7428

Kirkus Reviews (or Kirkus Media) is an American book review magazine founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus (1893–1980). [1] The magazine is headquartered in New York City. [2] Kirkus Reviews confers the annual Kirkus Prize to authors of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers' literature.

Contents

Kirkus Reviews, published on the first and 15th of each month; previews books before their publication. Kirkus reviews over 10,000 titles per year. [1] [3]

History

Virginia Kirkus was hired by Harper & Brothers to establish a children's book department in 1926. The department was eliminated as an economic measure in 1932 (for about a year), so Kirkus left and soon established her own book review service. [4] Initially, she arranged to get galley proofs of "20 or so" books in advance of their publication; almost 80 years later, the service was receiving hundreds of books weekly and reviewing about 100. [3]

Initially titled Bulletin by Kirkus' Bookshop Service from 1933 to 1954, the title was changed to Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus' Service from January 1, 1955, issue onwards, and successively shortened to Virginia Kirkus' Service with the December 15, 1964, issue, and Kirkus Service in 1967, before it attained its definitive title, Kirkus Reviews, with January 1, 1969, issue.[ citation needed ]

In 1985 Anne Larsen was brought on as fiction editor, soon to become editor, remaining the editorial head of Kirkus until 2006 and modifying the review format and style for improved readability, concision, accuracy, and impact.

Ownership

It was sold to The New York Review of Books in 1970 and subsequently sold by the Review to Barbara Bader and Josh Rubins, who served also as the publication's editors. In 1985, magazine consultant James B. Kobak acquired Kirkus Reviews. [5] David LeBreton bought Kirkus from Kobak in 1993. [6] BPI Communications, owned by Dutch publisher VNU, bought Kirkus from LeBreton in 1999. [7] At the end of 2009, the company announced the end of operations for Kirkus. [1]

The journal was purchased from VNU (by then renamed The Nielsen Company, or Nielson N.V.) on February 10, 2010, by businessman Herbert Simon. Terms were not disclosed. It was thereafter renamed Kirkus Media, and book industry veteran Marc Winkelman was made publisher. [8]

Reviewing

Kirkus Reviews has a traditional program of reviewing that does not require payment for reviews. [9] Kirkus Reviews also offers an Indie program that allows book authors to purchase, but not modify or influence, reviews that the book author can choose whether or not to publish on the Kirkus website, [10] and if published may also be published in the magazine or email newsletter based on Kirkus editor discretion. [11]

Kirkus Prize

In 2014, Kirkus Reviews started the Kirkus Prize, bestowing $50,000 prizes annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature. [12]

Winners

YearAwardTitleAuthorPublisher
2014 [13] FictionEuphoria Lily King Atlantic Monthly
Nonfiction Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Roz Chast Bloomsbury
Young ReadersAviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual Kate Samworth Clarion Books
2015 [14] Fiction A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara Pan Macmillan
Nonfiction Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America Ta-Nehisi Coates Random House
Young ReadersEcho Pam Muñoz Ryan Scholastic Press
2016 [15] Fiction The Sport of Kings C.E. Morgan Farrar Straus & Giroux
Nonfiction In the Darkroom Susan Faludi HarperCollins
Young ReadersAs Brave as You Jason Reynolds Atheneum
2017 [16] FictionWhat It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky Lesley Nneka Arimah Farafina Books
NonfictionThe Gulf: The Making of an American Sea Jack E. Davis Norton
Young ReadersThe Marrow Thieves Cherie Dimaline Dancing Cat Books
2018 [17] FictionSeverance Ling Ma Farrar Straus & Giroux
NonfictionCall Them By Their True Names: American Crises Rebecca Solnit Haymarket Books
Young Readers Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. JamesBolden/Agate
2019 [18] Fiction The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead Doubleday
Nonfiction How We Fight For Our Lives Saeed Jones Simon & Schuster
Young Readers New Kid Jerry Craft and Jim CallahanHarperCollins
2020 [19] Fiction Luster Raven Leilani Farrar, Straus and Giroux
NonfictionStakes Is High: Life After the American Dream Mychal Denzel Smith Bold Type Books
Young ReadersI Am Every Good Thing. Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. JamesNancy Paulsen Books
2021 [20] Fiction Harrow Joy Williams Alfred A. Knopf
NonfictionPunch Me Up to the Gods: A MemoirBrian BroomeMariner Books
Young Readers All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team Christina Soontornvat Candlewick Press

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