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 Brittney Morris, David Yoon, K. A. Holt, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Brittney Morris, David Yoon, K. A. Holt, 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 online safe space marred by violence and misconceptions; a fresh take on a faux relationship; a budding and unexpected high-school romance; a vibrantly illustrated friendship between polar […]

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Reviews of the Week with George Takei, Tillie Walden, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and More!

Reviews of the Week with George Takei, Tillie Walden, Ta-Nehisi Coates, 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 necessary graphic memoir about the forced internment of Japanese Americans during WWII; the artful journey of two runaways for a safe place to call home; the surreal […]

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Reviews of the Week with Edwidge Danticat, Adrian McKinty, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Edwidge Danticat, Adrian McKinty, 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 haunting short story collection that focuses on urgent contemporary issues; a youth-centered adaptation of the history of Indigenous people in the United States; a frightening and dark […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Graphic Novels and Book Discussions

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Graphic Novels and Book Discussions

Our July issue of Booklist is now live and we couldn’t be more excited for the annual Spotlight on Graphic Novels. We have top 10 lists for the year’s best in graphic novels and graphic novels for youth. Heather Booth surveys the audiobook field to find the most striking adaptations of the visual format on […]

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Reviews of the Week with Nikki Grimes, Yoko Ogawa, Téa Obreht, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Nikki Grimes, Yoko Ogawa, Téa Obreht, 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 powerful memoir told through poetry; a dystopian nightmare where even remembering is a crime; the long overdue biography of the man behind the 1963 March on Washington; […]

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Reviews of the Week with Barry Wittenstein, Nnedi Okorafor, Erin Entrada Kelly, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Barry Wittenstein, Nnedi Okorafor, Erin Entrada Kelly, 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 inspiring visual journey into the “I Have a Dream” speech; the uplifting story of a writer’s struggles and successes; the just-awarded Voice of Choice narration from a […]

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Reviews of the Week with Rajia Hassib, Brandy Colbert, Benjamin Moser, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Rajia Hassib, Brandy Colbert, Benjamin Moser, 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 step-by-step collection of projects for young makers; an Egyptologist’s investigation into a family tragedy and the guarded secrets it reveals; another fresh coming-of-age story from one of […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Biography and Audiobook Showcase

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Biography and Audiobook Showcase

Our June 1 & 15 double issue of Booklist is now live! The annual Spotlight on Biography shines with the very best of this year, featuring two top 10 lists for adult and youth biographies. Plus, acclaimed author Nikki Grimes talks with Booklist reviewer Enishia Davenport about her forthcoming memoir, Ordinary Hazards. And in the […]

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Reviews of the Week with Tracy McCubbin, Eve L. Ewing, Rachel Poliquin, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Tracy McCubbin, Eve L. Ewing, Rachel Poliquin, 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 nonchastising method for decluttering; a glimpse at an artist and bowerbird making beautiful creations side by side; a research endeavor that inspired a volume of poetry; a […]

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2019 ITW Thriller Award Finalists Announced

2019 ITW Thriller Award Finalists Announced

In recent #MysteryMonth news, the International Thriller Writers (ITW) announced the finalists for the 2019 Thriller Awards. The awards celebrate the best in the thriller genre, which, unlike a conventional whodunit, keeps readers at the very edge of their seat or, at least, losing sleep to find out what happens in the next energetic chapter. […]