The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on First Novels

We here at Booklist are dedicated to leading book discovery. And our now live annual Spotlight on First Novels gets you all the best first works from a wealth of exciting new literary voices. Freshen up your reading lists with the year’s top 10 debut novels in adult fiction, books for youth, and audiobooks. Peruse the latest read-alikes, curated by Donna Seaman and inspired by two museum-themed debuts, Indelicacy by Amina Cain, and Metropolitan Stories by Christine Coulson. Check out Sarah Hunter’s lightning round of revealing questions for nine dynamic debut authors published in the last year. And don’t miss Booklist reviewer/blogger/Advisory Board member Terry Hong’s exploration of the talents of multiple audiobook narrator Priya Ayyar in the latest Now Hear This. Finally, to leave on a laugh, pore over this issue’s Booklist Backlist, where Julia Smith lays out a list of books that have truly made her LOL.

The November 1 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new features and columns, along with 303 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 November 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'

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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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