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Laurence J. Kirshbaum Edit Profile

Literary agent , former publishing executive

Laurence J. Kirshbaum, literary agent, former publishing executive. Named Public Person of Year, Publishers Weekly, 2005.


Degree, University Michigan, 1966.


Reporter Newsweek Magazine, Detroit and San Francisco, 1966—1969. Assistant sales manager Random House, 1970—1974. Director marketing Ballantine Books, 1970—1974.

Vice president, circulation director Conde Nast Publications, 1982—1983. From vice president marketing to president Time-Warner Book Group (formerly Warner Books, Inc.), 1974—1982, public, chief operating officer, 1983—1984, president, 1984—1996, chairman, 1996—2005. Founder, Chief Executive Officer LJK Literature Management LLC, New York City, since 2005.

Board directors Baker & Taylor, Inc., Overdrive, Inc.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Is the Library Burning?, 1970.