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 Alexandra Chang, P. M. Freestone, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Alexandra Chang, P. M. Freestone, 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 woman’s self-discovery in an alarmingly new environment; a fantastic world where aroma yields magical qualities; an intricate portrayal of a young man’s inner voice; a museum’s […]

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Reviews of the Week with Maggie Stiefvater, John Hornor Jacobs, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Maggie Stiefvater, John Hornor Jacobs, 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 stand-alone spin-off from a beloved YA series; a generational story, affably narrated; an adventurous return to a mysterious middle-grade series; a seasonal yet nontraditional duet of […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on First Novels

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on First Novels

We here at Booklist are dedicated to leading book discovery. And our now live annual Spotlight on First Novels gets you all the best first works from a wealth of exciting new literary voices. Freshen up your reading lists with the year’s top 10 debut novels in adult fiction, books for youth, and audiobooks. Peruse […]

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Reviews of the Week with James Rhodes, Megan Angelo, and More!

Reviews of the Week with James Rhodes, Megan Angelo, 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 revealing first-person exploration of L.A.’s graffiti subculture; a vivid introduction to classical music’s renowned rebels; a 2020 #Mewbery nominee starring a playful orange tabby (adorbs!); an […]

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Reviews of the Week with Eldon Yellowhorn, Kathy Lowinger, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Eldon Yellowhorn, Kathy Lowinger, 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 documented history of North American Indigenous people from 1492 to now; an engrossing tribute to fiber artist Lenore Tawney; a YA drama and mystery set in […]

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Margaret Atwood AND  Bernardine Evaristo Win the 2019 Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood AND Bernardine Evaristo Win the 2019 Booker Prize

In a historic decision made yesterday afternoon, the 2019 Booker Prize judges awarded the coveted literary prize to two finalists: Margaret Atwood, for her long-awaited and deeply poignant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments; and Bernardine Evaristo, for her novel, Girl, Woman, Other, which exquisitely narrates the lives and backgrounds of 12 Black women […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on the Arts

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on the Arts

The Spotlight on the Arts is now live! We are excited to bring you our annual glimpse at artistic mediums that flourish on and off the page. Catch up with this year’s top-10 lists for adult and youth art books. Log in to gain access to a pair of in-depth core collections: Sarah Hunter’s inclusive […]

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Reviews of the Week with Ian McEwan, Lisa Jenn Bigelow, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Ian McEwan, Lisa Jenn Bigelow, 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 Kafkaesque political satire about the Brexit debacle; a tender and inclusive coming-of-age story starring a middle-grade girl navigating new challenges; the lively full-cast narration of three […]

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2019 National Book Award Finalists Announced

2019 National Book Award Finalists Announced

Earlier this morning, the National Book Foundation announced its 2019 finalists. Find them below, listed by category and linked to their Booklist reviews when available. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of November 19. We will all be tweeting out the winners, so be sure to follow along at www.twitter.com/ALA_Booklist! Fiction Black […]

Reviews of the Week with Toni Tipton-Martin, Michelle Roehm McCann, Elif Shafak, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Toni Tipton-Martin, Michelle Roehm McCann, Elif Shafak, 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. Discover the legacy of African American cuisine; unite in the fight against gun violence; renew your love for an American cooking classic; alert yourself to the emerging […]

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