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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2019 Audie Award Finalists Announced

2019 Audie Award Finalists Announced

The Audio Publisher’s Association has announced the nominees for the 2019 Audie Awards, honoring excellence in audiobooks and spoken entertainment. Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala at Guastavino’s in New York City on March 4, and hosted by Queer Eye fashion expert and upcoming author and audiobook narrator, Tan France. Congratulations to the […]

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2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists

2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists

Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced last Wednesday, February 20. The awards will be handed out during a ceremony on April 12, just before the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books gets underway! The festival, which will take place at the University of Southern California campus from April 13 through April 14, […]

2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners

2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners

On Wednesday, February 20, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation announced the winners of the 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award. Given each year to both an outstanding writer and illustrator, the two-part award celebrates diversity in children’s books. This year’s awards will be presented Thursday, April 4, during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of […]

Reviews of the Week with Alyson Gerber, Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo, Melissa Ostrom, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Alyson Gerber, Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo, Melissa Ostrom, 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 young student learning to live with an ADHD diagnosis; the multi-throated narration of a fresh take on the “drunken sailor” story; a tale of finding your voice […]

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2018 Nebula Award Finalists Announced

2018 Nebula Award Finalists Announced

Early Wednesday morning, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the finalists for the 2018 Nebula Awards®. The awards, which celebrate the very best in science fiction and fantasy writing, have been given every year since 1965. Categories for the awards include novel, novella, novelette, short story, and game writing. In addition to the Nebulas, […]

Reviews of the Week with Hanif Abdurraqib, Amber Tamblyn, Kate McGovern, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Hanif Abdurraqib, Amber Tamblyn, Kate McGovern, 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 poet and music fan’s devotional to a groundbreaking hip-hop group; the touching story of an imaginative girl overcoming fear; a blazing and relevant call to action; a […]

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Reviews of the Week with Kosoko Jackson, Samira Ahmed, Angie Thomas, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Kosoko Jackson, Samira Ahmed, Angie Thomas, 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 burgeoning relationship between two boys in 1997 Kosovo; chasing the murderer of a Moroccan immigrant in a small desert town; a frightening alternative present where one girl fights […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Health & Wellness

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Health & Wellness

Happy Lunar New Year and happy new Booklist day! The latest issue is our Spotlight on Health & Wellness with a new top 10 of adult nonfiction covering medical science, self improvement, and global health issues. Sarah Hunter collects read-alikes of relevant sex-positive nonfiction for youth. Donna Seaman offers a core collection focusing on various forms of addiction—make […]

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2019 Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist Announced

2019 Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist Announced

Last week, the longlist was announced for the annual Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize. The award, named for the Welsh writer and poet, is given to writers under the age of 39 for literary works written in English, in a wide variety of forms: poetry, prose, short story collections, novels, novellas, and screenplays. The shortlist […]

Reviews of the Week with Leigh Bardugo, Yangsze Choo, Caleb Roehrig, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Leigh Bardugo, Yangsze Choo, Caleb Roehrig, 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. Explore the best science fiction of China; rejoice in the release of a long-awaited debut; uncover a mystery surrounding a mythical creature; tag along on a heist with […]

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