The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Book Discussions and Graphic Novels

Our July issue, with an annual spotlight on book discussions, is now live. In it, you’ll find a dynamic top 10 filled with fiction and nonfiction titles to get you and your virtual book club started. We’ve also collected the top 10 audiobooks for book-groups to enhance your reading experience or use as an alternative to print. With more of us spending more time at home, Chicago Public Library’s Stephen Sposato, manager of content curation, offers sound advice for librarians facing readers’ advisory requests in these challenging times. The Adult Books editors jump in with an extensive list of nonfiction and fiction titles that address the complex issues of current events and will likely animate any book discussion. Books for Youth senior editor Maggie Reagan talks with four Latinx authors—Michelle Ruiz Keil (All of Us with Wings), Samantha Mabry (Tigers, Not Daughters), Anna-Marie McLemore (Dark and Deepest Red), and Lilliam Rivera (Never Look Back)—about the origins and appeal of magic realism, a recurring favorite genre for book discussions.

Our July issue also marks the annual spotlight on graphic novels. We are so excited to present the year’s top 10 best graphic novels and graphic novels for youth. In celebration of our yearlong Women in Focus promotion, Adult Books associate editor Annie Bostrom compiles a special core collection of graphic novels authored and stunningly illustrated by women. To round out the popular spotlight, Sarah Hunter talks with Dr. Carol Tilley, professor at University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, about the importance, use, and prominence of webcomics.

Also in this issue is the latest “Carte Blanche,” where Michael Cart waxes sentimental on the importance of books in a time of sheltering-in-place. Finally, our popular Booklist Backlist is back with LibraryReads executive editor Rebecca Vnuk’s list of popular family-focused fiction.

The July issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new feature lists and interviews, along with 304 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 July 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'

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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