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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Series Nonfiction & Food

Like the cute quokka that adorns the latest October 1 Booklist cover, we could not be happier to announce that our Spotlight on Series Nonfiction and Food is live! This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of astronauts’ first walk on the moon and our Top 10 Series on Space Science and Exploration highlights the innovation it took to achieve that feat and others. In another space-themed feature, Booklist reviewer Angela Leeper discovers more series nonfiction titles that’ll rocket young readers into the field of space science and exploration. Finally, tireless series nonfiction enthusiast Julia Smith emphasizes the importance of source notes in her inside look at the format.

Exploring like this can make anyone hungry, so we also present this year’s Top 10 Cookbooks for your culinary delight. To take your foodie fandom even further we offer up two core collections: Booklist reviewer Mark Knoblauch lists foundational cookbooks for any kitchen and Sarah Hunter dishes on some gastronomy-focused YA titles. Also in this issue is Heather Booth’s latest Listen Up, which celebrates full-cast audiobook narrations. To wrap it all up is the recurring Booklist Backlist; this time around, Susan Maguire introduces a hamper of fiction influenced by baked goods. (She deserves a Hollywood Handshake for that list.)

The October 1 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new features and columns, along with 251 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 October 1 issue is 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



About the Author:

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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