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For the surname, see Kirkus (surname). Kirkus Reviews_sentence_1

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EditorKirkus Reviews_header_cell_0_0_0 Virginia Kirkus (1933 – July 1962)Kirkus Reviews_cell_0_0_1
CategoriesKirkus Reviews_header_cell_0_1_0 Book reviewsKirkus Reviews_cell_0_1_1
FrequencyKirkus Reviews_header_cell_0_2_0 SemimonthlyKirkus Reviews_cell_0_2_1
PublisherKirkus Reviews_header_cell_0_3_0 Virginia Kirkus Bookshop Service, Virginia Kirkus Service, Inc. (from 1962), and others

Kirkus Media, LLC (from 2010)Kirkus Reviews_cell_0_3_1

First issueKirkus Reviews_header_cell_0_4_0 January 1933; 87 years ago (1933-01)Kirkus Reviews_cell_0_4_1
CountryKirkus Reviews_header_cell_0_5_0 United StatesKirkus Reviews_cell_0_5_1
Based inKirkus Reviews_header_cell_0_6_0 New York City, New York, U.S.Kirkus Reviews_cell_0_6_1
LanguageKirkus Reviews_header_cell_0_7_0 EnglishKirkus Reviews_cell_0_7_1
WebsiteKirkus Reviews_header_cell_0_8_0 Kirkus Reviews_cell_0_8_1
ISSNKirkus Reviews_header_cell_0_9_0 Kirkus Reviews_cell_0_9_1

Kirkus Reviews (or Kirkus Media) is an American book review magazine founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus (1893–1980). Kirkus Reviews_sentence_2

The magazine is headquartered in New York City. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_3

Kirkus Reviews confers the annual Kirkus Prize to authors of fiction, nonfiction, young readers' literature. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_4

Overview Kirkus Reviews_section_0

Kirkus Reviews, published on the first and 15th of each month, previews books before their publication. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_5

Kirkus reviews over 10,000 titles per year. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_6

History Kirkus Reviews_section_1

Virginia Kirkus was hired by Harper & Brothers to establish a children's book department in 1926. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_7

The department was eliminated as an economy measure in 1932 (for about a year), so Kirkus left and soon established her own book review service. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_8

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. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_9

Initially titled Bulletin by Kirkus' Bookshop Service from 1933 to 1954, the title was changed to Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus' Service from the 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 the January 1, 1969, issue. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_10

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. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_11

Ownership Kirkus Reviews_section_2

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. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_12

In 1985, magazine consultant James B. Kobak acquired Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_13

David LeBreton bought Kirkus from Kobak in 1993. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_14

BPI Communications, owned by Dutch publisher VNU, bought Kirkus from LeBreton in 1999. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_15

At the end of 2009, the company announced the end of operations for Kirkus. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_16

The journal was purchased from VNU (by then renamed The Nielsen Company, or Nielson N.V.) on February 10, 2010, by businessman Herbert Simon. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_17

Terms were not disclosed. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_18

It was thereafter renamed Kirkus Media, and book industry veteran Marc Winkelman was made publisher. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_19

Controversy Kirkus Reviews_section_3

In 2017, Kirkus removed its starred review of Laura Moriarty's novel American Heart after noticing the book's "white point of view" and "public concern" about the novel's alleged "white savior narrative", as described by editor-in-chief Claiborne Smith in interviews with Vulture and NPR. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_20

The reviewer, a Muslim woman with expertise in young adult fiction, rewrote her text, adding that the story is "told exclusively through the filter of a white protagonist about a Muslim character," while the magazine removed the star. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_21

The novel's author Laura Moriarty commented that "the takeaway [from this episode] for white writers is don't even try to write about people who are different from you." Kirkus Reviews_sentence_22

Kirkus Prize Kirkus Reviews_section_4

Main article: Kirkus Prize Kirkus Reviews_sentence_23

In 2014, Kirkus Reviews started the Kirkus Prize, bestowing $50,000 prizes annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature. Kirkus Reviews_sentence_24

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YearKirkus Reviews_header_cell_1_0_0 AwardKirkus Reviews_header_cell_1_0_1 TitleKirkus Reviews_header_cell_1_0_2 AuthorKirkus Reviews_header_cell_1_0_3 PublisherKirkus Reviews_header_cell_1_0_4
2014Kirkus Reviews_cell_1_1_0 FictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_1_1 EuphoriaKirkus Reviews_cell_1_1_2 Lily KingKirkus Reviews_cell_1_1_3 Atlantic MonthlyKirkus Reviews_cell_1_1_4
NonfictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_2_0 Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?Kirkus Reviews_cell_1_2_1 Roz ChastKirkus Reviews_cell_1_2_2 BloomsburyKirkus Reviews_cell_1_2_3
Young ReadersKirkus Reviews_cell_1_3_0 Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction ManualKirkus Reviews_cell_1_3_1 Kate SamworthKirkus Reviews_cell_1_3_2 Clarion BooksKirkus Reviews_cell_1_3_3
2015Kirkus Reviews_cell_1_4_0 FictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_4_1 A Little LifeKirkus Reviews_cell_1_4_2 Hanya YanagiharaKirkus Reviews_cell_1_4_3 Pan MacmillanKirkus Reviews_cell_1_4_4
NonfictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_5_0 Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in AmericaKirkus Reviews_cell_1_5_1 Ta-Nehisi CoatesKirkus Reviews_cell_1_5_2 Random HouseKirkus Reviews_cell_1_5_3
Young ReadersKirkus Reviews_cell_1_6_0 EchoKirkus Reviews_cell_1_6_1 Pam Muñoz RyanKirkus Reviews_cell_1_6_2 Scholastic PressKirkus Reviews_cell_1_6_3
2016Kirkus Reviews_cell_1_7_0 FictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_7_1 The Sport of KingsKirkus Reviews_cell_1_7_2 C.E. MorganKirkus Reviews_cell_1_7_3 Farrar Straus & GirouxKirkus Reviews_cell_1_7_4
NonfictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_8_0 In the DarkroomKirkus Reviews_cell_1_8_1 Susan FaludiKirkus Reviews_cell_1_8_2 HarperCollinsKirkus Reviews_cell_1_8_3
Young ReadersKirkus Reviews_cell_1_9_0 As Brave as YouKirkus Reviews_cell_1_9_1 Jason ReynoldsKirkus Reviews_cell_1_9_2 AtheneumKirkus Reviews_cell_1_9_3
2017Kirkus Reviews_cell_1_10_0 FictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_10_1 What It Means When A Man Falls From The SkyKirkus Reviews_cell_1_10_2 Lesley Nneka ArimahKirkus Reviews_cell_1_10_3 Farafina BooksKirkus Reviews_cell_1_10_4
NonfictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_11_0 The Gulf: The Making of an American SeaKirkus Reviews_cell_1_11_1 Jack E. DavisKirkus Reviews_cell_1_11_2 NortonKirkus Reviews_cell_1_11_3
Young ReadersKirkus Reviews_cell_1_12_0 The Marrow ThievesKirkus Reviews_cell_1_12_1 Cherie DimalineKirkus Reviews_cell_1_12_2 Dancing Cat BooksKirkus Reviews_cell_1_12_3
2018Kirkus Reviews_cell_1_13_0 FictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_13_1 SeveranceKirkus Reviews_cell_1_13_2 Ling MaKirkus Reviews_cell_1_13_3 Farrar Straus & GirouxKirkus Reviews_cell_1_13_4
NonfictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_14_0 Call Them By Their True Names: American CrisesKirkus Reviews_cell_1_14_1 Rebecca SolnitKirkus Reviews_cell_1_14_2 Haymarket BooksKirkus Reviews_cell_1_14_3
Young ReadersKirkus Reviews_cell_1_15_0 Crown: An Ode to the Fresh CutKirkus Reviews_cell_1_15_1 Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. JamesKirkus Reviews_cell_1_15_2 Bolden/AgateKirkus Reviews_cell_1_15_3
2019Kirkus Reviews_cell_1_16_0 FictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_16_1 The Nickel BoysKirkus Reviews_cell_1_16_2 Colson WhiteheadKirkus Reviews_cell_1_16_3 DoubledayKirkus Reviews_cell_1_16_4
NonfictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_17_0 How We Fight For Our LivesKirkus Reviews_cell_1_17_1 Saeed JonesKirkus Reviews_cell_1_17_2 Simon & SchusterKirkus Reviews_cell_1_17_3
Young ReadersKirkus Reviews_cell_1_18_0 New KidKirkus Reviews_cell_1_18_1 Jerry Craft and Jim CallahanKirkus Reviews_cell_1_18_2 HarperCollinsKirkus Reviews_cell_1_18_3
2020Kirkus Reviews_cell_1_19_0 FictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_19_1 LusterKirkus Reviews_cell_1_19_2 Raven LeilaniKirkus Reviews_cell_1_19_3 Farrar, Straus and GirouxKirkus Reviews_cell_1_19_4
NonfictionKirkus Reviews_cell_1_20_0 Stakes Is High: Life After the American DreamKirkus Reviews_cell_1_20_1 Mychal Denzel SmithKirkus Reviews_cell_1_20_2 Bold Type BooksKirkus Reviews_cell_1_20_3
Young ReadersKirkus Reviews_cell_1_21_0 I Am Every Good Thing.Kirkus Reviews_cell_1_21_1 Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. JamesKirkus Reviews_cell_1_21_2 Nancy Paulsen BooksKirkus Reviews_cell_1_21_3

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