The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on First Novels

The November 1&15 double issue of Booklist is now live! Our 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. Plus, Donna Seaman, having combed through the last four years in star-reviewed debut fiction, provides a core collection that confronts discrimination in its many forms. And Sarah Hunter brings back a lightning round of revealing questions for another nine dynamic debut authors whose titles released over the past year.

Also in this issue, Heather Booth celebrates the narrative talents of John Lee in the latest Now Hear This. Maggie Reagan reminisces fondly on Meg Cabot’s phenomenally popular series, which started with The Princess Diaries, examining where the princess genre it helped forge went from there (spoiler alert: there’s a must-read list involved). Finally, Michael Cart is back to give us his take on the growth of LGBTQ+ graphic novels in the latest Carte Blanche.

The November 1&15 double issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new features and columns, along with 377 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&15 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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