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Kirkus Media Names Megan Labrise Staff Writer


AUSTIN, TX, March 30, 2018 — Kirkus Media is delighted to announce that Megan Labrise is the new Staff Writer, effective immediately. She is believed to be the first staff writer in the 85-year history of the company.

Labrise has profiled hundreds of authors for Kirkus as a freelance feature writer. She writes the “Field Notes” column and co-hosts the weekly podcast Fully Booked with editor-in-chief Claiborne Smith. In 2015, she served as a Kirkus Prize judge in the fiction category with Colson Whitehead and bookseller Nicole Magistro. She has a B.A. in English from Reed College and an M.A. in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from NYU. A former newspaper reporter and food writer, her work has appeared in Edible Hudson Valley, Epicurious, Gourmet Live, Guernica Daily, and Salon. She’s a member of the National Book Critics Circle, a native New Yorker, and a resident of Portland, Oregon.

Labrise is reachable at


About Kirkus Reviews:

Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been one of the most trusted and authoritative voices in book discovery. When Kirkus Reviews was established by Virginia Kirkus, it was an innovation in the publishing field. Today, Kirkus Reviews covers more than 7,000 books published by traditional houses and more than 3,000 self-published books every year. The magazine is published on the 1st and 15th of every month, and because of the scope of their coverage, their authoritative voice and the timeliness of their reviews, Kirkus Reviews is revered by many as the first indicator of a book’s potential.

The chairman of Kirkus Media is Herb SimonMarc Winkelman is the president and publisher, and Meg LaBorde Kuehn is the chief executive officer. The editor-in-chief of Kirkus Reviews is Claiborne Smith.

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