The Latest Booklist: Spotlights on Reference and Historical Fiction

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The latest issue of Booklist is now live! We’re pairing up our annual spotlight on historical fiction with a spotlight on reference. Our deep dive into the best reference sources culminates in our Top 10 Reference of the year. Make sure you have all of these fact-filled and fun volumes in your collection. This is an election year and, with that in mind, we have also collected the Top 10 Best Online Sources for Elections and Voting. This feature is a definite share. (And share it widely!)

Our spotlight on historical fiction compiles top 10s of the year’s best adult and youth books. And this year, we have an additional Top 10 Historical Fiction on Audio for Youth—sure to be another copy-and-paste list. Inspired by the star-reviewed The Color of Air, by Gail Tsukiyama, Donna Seaman offers a list of read-alike historical fiction titles based in Hawaii’s dramatic past. Maggie Reagan reads a thematic connection between westerns and YA dystopian novels in the latest trend alert. Prolific author Marie Benedict writes personally about the hope historical fiction can give during the current COVID-19 pandemic in this issue’s Writers & Readers. And Michael Cart gives his take on YA historical fiction focused on war times in his most recent Carte Blanche.

Additionally, Heather Booth highlights the narrative talents of January LaVoy in a Now Hear This stirred up by the recent audiobook release of The King of Crows. Finally, our popular Booklist Backlist gets the Kafkaesque treatment (with a bent toward younger readers) from Book for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri.

The May 15 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new feature articles and lists, along with 304 new reviews. You can also find the complete digital edition of the May 15 issue. 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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