Author Archive: Michael Ruzicka

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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Reviews of the Week with Peter Bognanni, Delia Owens, Philippe Besson, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Peter Bognanni, Delia Owens, Philippe Besson, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or in high demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. The earnest misadventures of one cinephile and his attempt to save the local movie house; the delicate and compassionate narration of one woman’s fight for survival; a newly […]

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Sisters in Crime Opens 2019 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award Submissions

Sisters in Crime Opens 2019 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award Submissions

Sisters in Crime (SinC) has opened the submissions review process for the 2019 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award. The award, named after the late trailblazing crime fiction author, has celebrated excellence and diversity in crime writing since 2014. Past winners include Mia Manansala (2018), Jessica Ellis Laine (2017), Stephane Dunn (2016), Vera H-C Chan (2015), and Maria […]

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2018 National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced

2018 National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced

Last night, the National Book Critics Circle announced the year’s award winners at the New School in New York City. Anna Burns’ enigmatic novel, Milkman, which also won the 2018 Man Booker Prize, picked up the top prize for fiction. Directorate S, Steve Coll’s detailed investigation into U.S. and CIA military involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan, took […]

Reviews of the Week with Dean Koontz, Sandhya Menon, Pico Iyer, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Dean Koontz, Sandhya Menon, Pico Iyer, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or in high demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. An exciting conclusion to a popular thriller series; a popular YA author’s return to rom-com and some familiar characters; a striking tribute to women photographers; a travel writer’s introspective […]

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The Man Booker International Prize 2019 Longlist Announced

The Man Booker International Prize 2019 Longlist Announced

Early Wednesday morning, the much-anticipated longlist for this year’s Man Booker International Prize, which celebrates the best literature in translation, was announced. The Booker Prize Foundation will reveal the shortlist on April 19, and the winner on May 21. Featuring entries that hail from dual origin countries, this year’s longlist aptly reflects the universal appeal of literature […]

The Latest Booklist: ALA’s 2019 Best Lists

The Latest Booklist: ALA’s 2019 Best Lists

The newest issue of Booklist, featuring ALA’s Best Lists of 2019, is now live! In it, you’ll find a list of the top 10 adult books, which exhibit commendable literary quality; you’ll also see significant, authentic LGBT content from the 2019 Over the Rainbow Project and the Rainbow List of LGBT books for youth. Then there’s a list of […]

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Reviews of the Week with Gail Shepherd, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Natalie Scenters-Zapico, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Gail Shepherd, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Natalie Scenters-Zapico, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or in high demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. A textured family history as told from a girl in 1980s Tennessee; a sweeping fantasy series brought to life by calm, measured narration; an ode to reading appreciation written […]

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2019 Audie Award Winners

2019 Audie Award Winners

The 2019 Audie Awards, presented by Audio Publisher’s Association to honor excellence in audiobooks and spoken entertainment, were announced last night at the Audies Gala at Guastavino’s in New York City. The ceremony was hosted by Queer Eye fashion expert and upcoming author and audiobook narrator, Tan France. Taking the prized audiobook of the year award […]

Reviews of the Week with Ann Beattie, Andrew McCabe, Colson Whitehead, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Ann Beattie, Andrew McCabe, Colson Whitehead, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or in high demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. An intricate and psychologically laden character study from a literary master; the harsh conditions facing a Somali youth; the politically prescient observations of a former FBI director; a […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Historical Fiction

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Historical Fiction

The latest issue of Booklist, our annual Spotlight on Historical Fiction, is now live! In this issue, we have top 10 historical fiction lists in the adult, youth, and audio sections. Donna Seaman takes a somber look back at the tragic legacy of Jim Crow in her read-alikes for Colson Whitehead’s much-anticipated Nickel Boys. Maggie Reagan offers up a core collection […]

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