This morning, Kirkus Reviews posted its list of the Best Fiction of 2011. It came as a surprise to see that Q.R. Markham’s Assassin of Secrets, the novel by a Brooklyn bookseller that Little, Brown recalled for plagiarism last week, was featured on the home page with a starred review.
Kirkus Reviews, like fellow Nielsen victim Editor & Publisher, has found an unlikely savior: Indiana Pacers owner and shopping mall developer Herb Simon.
The Times reported last night that Simon had purchased the book review journal—which was set to close in December—for an undisclosed sum. The Times also says Read More
Like fellow Nielsen victim Kirkus Reviews, Editor & Publisher will be getting a second shot. The newspaper trade publication announced last night that it’s been sold to Duncan McIntosh Co.
Haven’t heard of Duncan McIntosh Co.?
Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. is the publisher of several well-respected boating magazines and Read More
The rumors of Kirkus Reviews‘ resurrection were right: The Daily Finance reports that a buyer is “in the works,” with details to follow in the next couple weeks.
“Hopefully you saved the galleys you had not reviewed,” managing editor Eric Leibetrau wrote in an email to staff. Read More
The curmudgeonly and recently closed book-review journal may live to be critical another day–eBookNewser noticed a tweet suggesting that the magazine had “a few interested buyers.”
GalleyCat couldn’t reach Kirkus for comment, but found a Twitter missive from the managing editor indicating “possibilities, but nothing Read More
Kirkus Reviews named Observer alum Andrew Rice‘s book on Uganda, The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget, one of best books of 2009.
Which is great! And crucially well-timed, too, as Kirkus Reviews shuttered last week.
The ex-biweekly calls The Teeth May Smile “a multilayered Read More
The demise of Kirkus Reviews last week provoked mixed feelings in the literary world.
“It’s never been a publication worth anything. The reviews were almost always negative and not helpful in any way,” ICM co-head Esther Newberg told Leon Neyfakh. “Good riddance.”
But Kirkus would like to reassure readers that it Read More
Mixed emotions flew around the publishing industry today as word spread that the hard-to-please pre-publication blurb machine known as Kirkus Reviews would be shutting down after 76 years. The biweekly trade pub, which reviewed something like 5,000 books every year and competed directly with Publishers Weekly, was read mainly by booksellers and book review editors Read More
Nielsen is folding Editor & Publisher (“America’s Oldest Journal Covering the Newspaper Industry“) and Kirkus Reviews, reports Silicon Alley Insider. Editor & Publisher was founded in 1901, and Kirkus Reviews in 1933.
The company has sold most of its remaining remaining publications–Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek, Backstage, Billboard, Film Journal International, Read More