December 1, 2021

Cover Story

Featuring 317 industry-first reviews of fiction, nonfiction, children’s and YA books; also in this issue: Kirkus Prize coverage; the best children’s and YA books of 2021; Tracy Subisak, Adrianna Cuevas, Zack Smedley, and more children’s and YA authors discuss their new titles and the experience of publishing a book in 2021; Neel Patel; Ann Patchett on “what matters most in this precarious and precious life” 


This Issue's Starred Reviews







The Magazine: Kirkus Reviews

We talk to actor Brian Cox about his new memoir, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, which describes how he found solace in acting after a difficult childhood. 

  • The Kirkus Star

    One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.

  • The Kirkus Prize

    The Kirkus Prize is among the richest literary awards in America, awarding $50,000 in three categories annually.

    See the 2020 winners.

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