|Editor||Virginia Kirkus (1933 – July 1962)|
|Publisher||Virginia Kirkus Bookshop Service, Virginia Kirkus Service, Inc. (from 1962), and others |
Kirkus Media, LLC (from 2010)
|First issue||January 1933|
|Based in||New York City, New York, U.S.|
Kirkus Reviews (or Kirkus Media) is an American book review magazine founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus (1893–1980). The magazine is headquartered in New York City. Kirkus Reviews confers the annual Kirkus Prize to authors of fiction, nonfiction, young readers' literature.
Kirkus Reviews, published on the first and 15th of each month, previews books before their publication. Kirkus reviews over 10,000 titles per year.
Virginia Kirkus was hired by Harper & Brothers to establish a children's book department in 1926. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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. David LeBreton bought Kirkus from Kobak in 1993. BPI Communications, owned by Dutch publisher VNU, bought Kirkus from LeBreton in 1999. At the end of 2009, the company announced the end of operations for Kirkus.
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.
Kirkus Reviews has a traditional program of reviewing that does not require payment for reviews. 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, and if published may also be published in the magazine or email newsletter based on Kirkus editor discretion.
Main article: Kirkus Prize
In 2014, Kirkus Reviews started the Kirkus Prize, bestowing $50,000 prizes annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature.
|2014||Fiction||Euphoria||Lily King||Atlantic Monthly|
|Nonfiction||Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?||Roz Chast||Bloomsbury|
|Young Readers||Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual||Kate Samworth||Clarion Books|
|2015||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 Readers||Echo||Pam Muñoz Ryan||Scholastic Press|
|2016||Fiction||The Sport of Kings||C.E. Morgan||Farrar Straus & Giroux|
|Nonfiction||In the Darkroom||Susan Faludi||HarperCollins|
|Young Readers||As Brave as You||Jason Reynolds||Atheneum|
|2017||Fiction||What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky||Lesley Nneka Arimah||Farafina Books|
|Nonfiction||The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea||Jack E. Davis||Norton|
|Young Readers||The Marrow Thieves||Cherie Dimaline||Dancing Cat Books|
|2018||Fiction||Severance||Ling Ma||Farrar Straus & Giroux|
|Nonfiction||Call 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. James||Bolden/Agate|
|2019||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 Callahan||HarperCollins|
|2020||Fiction||Luster||Raven Leilani||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Nonfiction||Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream||Mychal Denzel Smith||Bold Type Books|
|Young Readers||I Am Every Good Thing.||Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James||Nancy Paulsen Books|
|2021||Fiction||Harrow||Joy Williams||Alfred A. Knopf|
|Nonfiction||Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir||Brian Broome||Mariner Books|
|Young Readers||All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team||Christina Soontornvat||Candlewick Press|