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Sarah Wendell Writing New Romance Column for Kirkus Reviews

kirkus.jpgSarah Wendell, the co-creator of the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books romance blog, has joined Kirkus Reviews as a columnist.

In her inaugural column, Wendell explained her focus: “I’ll be talking about romance novels—books I adore and trends I notice—and take requests for your recommendations and rants about romance. ” Herbert Simon, the owner of the Indiana Pacers and “chairman emeritus” of the Simon Property Group, acquired Kirkus Reviews earlier this year.

Here’s more from her first column: “When readers go hunting for books to read, they might ask a librarian or bookstore employee for recommendations, but they are just as likely to ask a fellow reader of that same genre. Kirkus’ goal with its new website and editorial direction is to include and welcome the avid book reader into the book discovery and discussion process.”

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Developer Herbert Simon Buys Kirkus Reviews

kirkus.jpgReports surfaced last night that Herbert Simon–the owner of the Indiana Pacers and “chairman emeritus” of the Simon Property Group–has purchased Kirkus Reviews.

Simon is the 317th richest American, according to Forbes magazine’s 2009 list. He made his fortune developing shopping malls around the country, including the Mall of America–”his firm owns or has interests in 263 million square feet of leasable space,” the magazine explained.

The editorial structure will stay intact–Elaine Szewczyk will remain as editor at Kirkus and Eric Liebetrau will stay managing editor. Here’s more from the NY Times: “Mr. Simon, who is co-owner of an independent bookstore in Montecito, Calif., has appointed Marc Winkelman, chief executive of Calendar Holdings, owner of several chains of seasonal retailers, to be chief executive of what will be re-named Kirkus Media.”

>UPDATE: eBookNewser has more about the digital book implications of the book review’s new life.

In December, as Neilson announced they would shutter Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews, sending shockwaves through the literary world. A few weeks later, a Twitter post (which was later deleted) renewed hopes that the book review outlet could survive. In early January internal memo surfaced that said the company had found a potential buyer and would continue publication.