The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Crafts and Gardening

We here at Booklist long for those clear, sunny days of spring, so we are extra excited about our annual Spotlight on Crafts and Gardening, which is now live! Annie Bostrom not only offers a fresh crop of Top 10 Crafts & Gardening Books, she also plants some great ideas for adding botanical crafting read-likes to your TBR list. Ilene Cooper keeps younger readers curious with a top 10 list of exciting and fun projects. And best-selling author Debbie Macomber gets in on the crafting fun with wonderful audiobook recommendations to listen to while honing your latest knitting masterpiece. Additionally, Sarah Hunter receives some helpful tips about creating makerspaces in the library in the latest installment of 3 Questions About.

Also included in this bountiful issue is our annual Reference Showcase, with Susan Maguire’s Top 10 Reference Books of the past year, plus a Real-Life Reference interview with author Elizabeth McCraken (whose latest novel, Bowlaway, published in February) about how her local library aids in the writing process.

The May 15 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new feature lists and interviews, along with 319 new reviews. Most 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 access, you can take care of that today!

You can also find the complete magazine online! Booklist’s digital edition of the May 15 issue is also live. It’s a great way to explore the magazine from your iPhone, iPad, tablet, Samsung Galaxy, or any other internet-connected device. With the digital issue, subscribers will now get print, online, digital, and archival access to the 22 Booklist and four Book Links issues each year! Visit



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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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