The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on the Environment & Sustainability

The new issue of Booklist is now live and we have, again, focused our spotlight to the environment and sustainability. Two carefully selected top-10 lists, in adult nonfiction and books for youth, highlight global challenges and opportunities. And an extensive core collection, gathered by Donna Seaman, focuses on the rise of species extinction. A perennial reader favorite, the Writer & Readers column, is back with an homage to bird watching from poet J. Drew Lanham. (Make sure you check out his latest star-reviewed collection, Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts, also in this issue.) Plus, Sarah Hunter had a chance to talk with Juana Martinez-Neal, author of Zonia’s Rain Forest, about the way she uses the natural world to inspire younger readers.

Also in this issue is a focus on poetry. Julia Smith offers poetic read-alikes for two new releases, Unsettled, a middle-grade novel in verse by Reem Faruqi, and Home Is Not a Country, by Safia Elhillo. Finally, longtime reviewer Nell Keep collects a list of her favorite women poets in the latest Booklist Backlist.

You can also find the complete magazine online! Booklist’s digital edition of the March 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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