The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Diverse Voices

The beautiful February 1 issue of Booklist sure does make an impression! Please join us in celebrating our Spotlight on Diverse Voices, which features the following: first up, a conversation between associate editor Ronny Khuri and Patrice Caldwell, author and editor of the upcoming anthology, A Phoenix First Must Burn, where she talks Black Girl Magic and offers some fantastic recommendations of her favorite titles. Next, Booklist reviewer Reinhardt Suarez sits down with three Filipino authors to talk about representative literature. Donna Seaman gathers a thorough core collection of contemporary titles from immigrant and refugee writers. And in the latest Lightning Round, Julia Smith amasses an invaluable list (complete with links) of literary awards that celebrate diverse voices. Also in this issue is an interview with Marie Arana, author of this year’s Top of the List nonfiction winner, Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story.

Be sure to also check out our annual Spring Youth Preview, collected by Books for Youth editorial assistant Taylor Crossley. Capping off this wonderfully abundant issue is the latest Booklist Backlist, this time from reviewer Adrienne Cruz, exploring thrillers that question the notion of “Home Sweet Home.”

The February 1 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new features and interviews, along with 222 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 February 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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