The Latest Booklist: Spotlights on Biography & Memoir and Audio

Our June 1 & 15 double issue of Booklist is now live! This year we are celebrating the very best in memoir and biography, featuring the year’s top 10 memoirs alongside top 10 biographies in adult and youth books. Inspired by Anne Sebba’s star-reviewed Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy, Donna Seaman offers a Read-alikes of Cold War biographies that are replete with intrigue. Maggie Reagan presents a Core Collection that delves into collective biographies highlighting women changemakers. Heather Booth explores the world of author-narrated memoirs in her latest Listen-alikes, influenced by Elizabeth Nyamayaro’s starred narration of I Am a Girl from Africa.

Speaking of quality narrators, the June issue also shines the spotlight on audiobooks. This year’s Odyssey Award went to the young adult historical fiction title Kent State, which features a full cast of voices and was produced by Scholastic Audio. Audio editor Heather Booth sat down to talk with author Deborah Wiles, director Zane Birdwell, and producer Paul Gagne. This year’s greatly anticipated Fall Audiobook Preview, compiled by Heather Booth and editorial assistant extraordinaire Biz Hyzy, is included, too.

We are also excited to share these additional features: Ronny Khuri’s list of 2021 Printz Award Read-alikes and a thoughtful audiobook Booklist Backlist from Heather Booth full of exclusive listener content.

You can also find the complete magazine online! Booklist’s digital edition of the June 1 & 15 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

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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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