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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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Diverse Books

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Diverse Books

Sure, it’s still January 23, but here at Booklist, we’re giving February a head start! Our February 1 issue, featuring a Spotlight on Diverse Books—a perennial favorite—is now live. In it, you’ll find three new top 10s: Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Adults, Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth, and Top 10 Diverse Fiction for Youth. […]

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2019 Edgar Nominees Announced

2019 Edgar Nominees Announced

This morning, Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Here at Booklist, we take pride in our year-round coverage of the mystery genre, culminating in our Mystery Showcase issue and Mystery Month celebration in May. (That’s also when we announce our own list of the year’s best crime novels.) […]

2018 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists Announced

2018 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists Announced

This morning, the National Book Critics Circle announced this year’s finalists in all categories, as well as the winners of the John Leonard Prize for first books (Tommy Orange, There There), the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award (Arte Público Press), and the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing (Maureen Corrigan). Here’s the complete list of the […]

Reviews of the Week with Jill Abramson, Eric Idle, Robin LaFevers, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Jill Abramson, Eric Idle, Robin LaFevers, 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. Prepare for a timely assessment of the rewards and perils of being a journalist; an exciting return to a very popular YA world; the lovely singing voice of […]

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Reviews of the Week with Verlie Hutchens, Don Winslow, Laurie Halse Anderson, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Verlie Hutchens, Don Winslow, Laurie Halse Anderson, 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. We’ve collected the reviews from January 7–January 11 below.   Monday, January 7 Trees, by Verlie Hutchens and illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong Free verse poems succinctly extol […]

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The Latest Booklist: Editors’ Choice, 2018

The Latest Booklist: Editors’ Choice, 2018

Happy New Year from Booklist! After months of toiling over the selection of the year’s best books, we can finally reveal the January 1 & 15 Editors’ Choice issue, which features editor-selected best-of lists for adult books, books for youth, adult books for young adults, audio for adults, and audio for youth. Also featured are our annual […]

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2018 National Jewish Book Awards Announced

2018 National Jewish Book Awards Announced

The National Jewish Book Awards are North America’s longest-running awards program in the field of Jewish literature. Launched in 1950, they promote the reading of Jewish literature and inspire writers to continue its lasting legacy. Selected winners are listed below, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. The full list of winners and finalists can be found […]

Reviews of the Week with Catherine Doyle, Han Kang, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Catherine Doyle, Han Kang, 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. We’ve collected the reviews from December 31–January 4 below.   Monday, December 31 The Storm Keeper’s Island, by Catherine Doyle Eleven-year-old Fionn Boyle knows that “places can be […]

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Reviews of the Week with Einat Tsarfati, Esi Edugyan, Dhonielle Clayton, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Einat Tsarfati, Esi Edugyan, Dhonielle Clayton, 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. We’ve collected the reviews from December 17–December 21 below.   Monday, December 17 The Neighbors, by Einat Tsarfati A redheaded girl with a frog umbrella lives on the […]

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Reviews of the Day, 2018: Audio

Reviews of the Day, 2018: Audio

In a sense, every weekday is award day here at Booklist. Our Review of the Day highlights especially noteworthy titles by giving them the coveted front-and-center space on Booklist Online. We rotate adult, youth, and audio titles throughout the year, choosing each title, regardless of star status, to highlight the spotlight in the current issue […]