Larry Kirshbaum

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Larry Kirshbaum
Born 1944 (age 73–74)
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Book publisher
Known for Chief of publishing at Amazon.com
Spouse(s) Barbara Feder
Children 2

Laurence "Larry" Kirshbaum is the former chief of publishing for Amazon Publishing.

Biography[edit]

Born to a Jewish family in Chicago in 1944 and raised in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.[1] In 1966, Kirshbaum graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan.[2] After school, he worked for Newsweek.[1][2] In 1970, he co-wrote a book with Roger Rapoport about student protests, Is the Library Burning?[1][2] In 1970, he accepted a job as a salesman for Random House selling to drugstores, small groceries, and gift shops.[2] In 1974, he went to work for Warner Books where he became a publisher in 1985, working with Jack Welch and Michael Eisner on their memoirs.[2] He then became CEO of the Time Warner Book Group.[3][4] In 2005, he left Time Warner to found his own literary agency.[2] In 2011, he went to work as the chief of publishing for Amazon Publishing;[5][3] which was striving to build its own publishing business. He signed numerous authors including actress and director Penny Marshall and best-selling writer Timothy Ferris.[6] In 2012, his efforts were crushed after bookseller Barnes & Noble stated that it would not sell books published by Amazon in its stores.[6] In October 2013, it was announced that he was leaving Amazon and will be replaced by Daphne Durham.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to the former Barbara Feder of Highland Park, Illinois; they have two children.[1]

In 2013, he was accused of sexual assaulting a woman.[7] Catherine Redlich, Kirshbaum's attorney, stated that the incident was a "consensual relationship from a decade ago which turned sour".[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Chicago Tribune: "The Man Who`s Betting Millions On 'Gone With The Wind II' by John Blades October 03, 1988
  2. ^ a b c d e f Vanity Fair: "The Book on Publishing" BY Keith Gessen October 2011
  3. ^ a b Stone, Brad (January 25, 2012). "Amazon's Hit Man: Larry Kirshbaum was the ultimate book industry insider—until Amazon called". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Cohen, Roger (July 17, 1991). "A Title Change". The New York Times. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (May 23, 2011). "Amazon Hires Publishing Veteran Kirshbaum for New Imprint". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c Wall Street Journal: "Publishing Executive Larry Kirshbaum to Leave Amazon - Kirshbaum, Who Made Waves by Signing Big-Name Authors, to Leave Early Next Year" By Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg October 25, 2013
  7. ^ Edwards, Jim (August 28, 2013). "Amazon's Book Publishing Chief Accused Of Sexual Assault In Lawsuit". Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ Edwards, Jim (August 28, 2013). "Lawyer For Amazon's Publishing Chief Blasts Woman Who Accused Him of Sexual Harassment". Business Insider. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ Bury, Liz (August 29, 2013). "Amazon executive Larry Kirshbaum accused of sexual assault". The Guardian. Retrieved January 19, 2017.