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AUSTIN, TX, January 15, 2014 — Kirkus Media announced today that Laurie Muchnick is the new fiction editor of Kirkus Reviews. “Laurie’s integrity and passion for books are highly regarded throughout the industry and perfectly aligned with Kirkus’ mission,” Claiborne Smith, the editor-in-chief of Kirkus Reviews, said. “We are thrilled to welcome her to our team.”

Muchnick has been writing and editing book reviews for more than 20 years, most recently at Bloomberg News. She started her career at the Village Voice Literary Supplement, and then moved on to become the book editor of Newsday, where she remained for almost 14 years before joining Bloomberg in 2007. She currently serves as the president of the National Book Critics Circle. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and many other publications. She has also been a judge for the Los Angeles Times Prizes for Fiction and First Fiction and will be a fiction judge for the upcoming Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

This news follows the resignation of Elaine Szewczyk as fiction editor. “We are grateful to Elaine for her years of service to the magazine, dedication to our industry and endless love of great books,” said Smith.

Muchnick will work out of Kirkus’ New York office beginning February 3rd and will report to Smith.

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