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Author Archive: Michael Ruzicka

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Sports

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Sports

The September 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 336 new reviews and 8 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or you do subscribe but haven’t […]

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Reviews of the Week with James McBride, Al Gore, Celeste Ng, and more!

Reviews of the Week with James McBride, Al Gore, Celeste Ng, and more!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 31 through August 4 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. July 31 Five-Carat Soul, by James McBride McBride’s (Kill ’em and Leave, 2016) […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy & Horror

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy & Horror

The August issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 367 new reviews and 9 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for […]

Reviews of the Week, with Shel Silverstein, Jesmyn Ward, Joshua Green, and more!

Reviews of the Week, with Shel Silverstein, Jesmyn Ward, Joshua Green, and more!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 24 through 28 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   July 24 Devil’s Bargain, by Joshua Green After finishing this account of the Steve […]

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2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

Earlier today, the judges of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction revealed their longlist. The winners will be announced, and their authors honored, at a ceremony in London on October 17. Visit the Man Booker website for exclusive interviews, articles, and other news about the shortlist authors. Following are the nominated titles, listed by country of […]

Cover Trend Alert: That 70s Font

Cover Trend Alert: That 70s Font

Hey bibliophiles and font fanatics: There’s a growing trend of book covers designed to emulate the bubbly, serif text-heavy covers that emerged in the late 1960s and exploded in the 1970s. You know, the ones that used this font: What was the original book that had this style? Surely someone has it deep in their […]

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Public Poetry: Two Readings at the Poetry Foundation

Public Poetry: Two Readings at the Poetry Foundation

I should go to more poetry readings. This is my yearly mantra during National Poetry Month. Actually, I should go to more poetry readings, not just during National Poetry Month, but all year. Thankfully, the Poetry Foundation right here in Chicago can fulfill that need, so my mantra is less guilt-laden. I walk past the wonderfully situated […]

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Against Self-Service: Commerce vs. Libraries

Against Self-Service: Commerce vs. Libraries

There has been a growing trend in the world of face-to-face interactions, and that is to get rid of them completely. I was reminded of this unpleasant trend while reading about the new Amazon brick-and-mortar bookstore that just opened in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. The review of the store that appeared in the Chicago Tribune was less than favorable; […]

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The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

A subject that long ago captured my creative spirit has been making quiet waves in the cinematic world this year. Paterson, written and directed  by Jim Jarmusch and set in Paterson, New Jersey, concerns an enigmatic bus driver—also named Paterson, played by Adam Driver—as he observes his world and takes notes in poetry. The beautiful ritual […]

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Five Novels about Literary Uncoupling for Fans of A SEPARATION

Five Novels about Literary Uncoupling for Fans of A SEPARATION

Katie Kitamura’s second novel, A Separation, has been making the rounds as the next gotta-read-it title. (And I’ve spotted it more than a few times on the train lately.) It is no surprise, given the book’s intriguing details—missing spouse, a marriage besmirched by apparent indifference and frequent cheating—with Greece as their backdrop. But then, literary uncoupling has […]

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