As most people in publishing are aware, Kirkus Reviews is a monthly magazine which reviews a sizable proportion of the books published each year. They work from bound galleys (Advanced Readers Copies) so that the reviews can be available before publication to assist bookstores and librarians in their purchasing decisions. This year it celebrates its eightieth anniversary. (By coincidence it was for a short time owned by The New York Review of Books, which is also celebrating an anniversary this year — its fiftieth.)

Clay Smith, Kirkus’ features editor, has written a useful history of the publication in the latest issue — this is available online.

As reported by Publishing Perspectives today, “In celebration of this year’s anniversary, Kirkus Reviews is holding a contest to give away a literary tour of New York. The winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Manhattan, two nights’ stay at the Library Hotel, two passes to the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl, bookstore gift certificates, breakfast at a round table at the Algonquin and more. The contest is now open and will close on October 22, 2013, with the winner announced the next day. Visit www.kirkusreviews.com/literarytour to enter or learn more.”