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 Crafts and Gardening

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Crafts and Gardening

We here at Booklist long for those clear, sunny days of spring, so we are extra excited about our annual Spotlight on Crafts and Gardening, which is now live! Annie Bostrom not only offers a fresh crop of Top 10 Crafts & Gardening Books, she also plants some great ideas for adding botanical crafting read-likes […]

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The Spy, from Page to Small Screen

The Spy, from Page to Small Screen

In recent years, we’ve witnessed a boom in long-running TV series based on spy novels, a trend that makes perfect sense because literary spies have always made for great on-screen entertainment. The scope and episodic nature of TV series allows internal moral conflicts, shadowy meetings, painstakingly realized revelations, and rebellious attitudes to flourish with each […]

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Reviews of the Week with Cara Black, Randy Ribay, Michael Connelly, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Cara Black, Randy Ribay, Michael Connelly, 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 spirited and spot-on narration of a beloved mystery series; Aimée Leduc’s nineteenth adventure, complete with international politics and familial intrigue; a stunning exploration of Filipino history and […]

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2018 Agatha Award Winners

2018 Agatha Award Winners

The winners of the Agatha Awards were announced Saturday, May 4th, during the Malice Domestic 31 fan convention in Bethesda, Maryland. Named for Agatha Christie, the grande dame of Golden Age mystery, the awards honor the best books published in the previous calendar year exemplifying the “traditional mystery” genre (e.g. no explicit sex, gore, or […]

Reviews of the Week with Eve Ensler, Leah Thomas, Laura Lippman, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Eve Ensler, Leah Thomas, Laura Lippman, 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 cathartic imagined monologue told from the point of view of a prominent writer’s horrifically abusive father; a precipitous tryst between three youths with colliding pasts; a grim […]

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The Latest Booklist: Mystery Showcase

The Latest Booklist: Mystery Showcase

For the past 10 years, the first day of May has marked the beginning of our month-long celebration of mystery. It also coincides with Booklist‘s May 1 Mystery Showcase issue, which is live now! We are so excited about this major anniversary of our focus on mystery fiction. To prove it, we’ve rounded up the […]

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2019 Edgar Awards Announced

2019 Edgar Awards Announced

The 2019 Edgar Awards were announced last night during the MWA’s seventy-third gala banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Here at Booklist, we’re gearing up for our tenth annual Mystery Month celebration and Mystery Showcase issue, both of which are mere days away! (Next week, be sure to keep an eye […]

Reviews of the Week with E L James, Laurie Halse Anderson, Philip Kerr, and More!

Reviews of the Week with E L James, Laurie Halse Anderson, Philip Kerr, 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 sensational author’s foray into new romantic territory; an impeccable narration from one of YA’s foremost authors, the middle-grade adventures of two sleuthing cousins on the case to […]

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Reviews of the Week with Nicole Panteleakos, Jean Kwok, Jasmine Warga, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Nicole Panteleakos, Jean Kwok, Jasmine Warga, 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 girl coming to terms with her past through insightful letters; a story told from the perspective of two sisters, one missing, the other searching for her; […]

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Reviews of the Week with Jon Gertner, Helena Fox, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Jon Gertner, Helena Fox, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, 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 geological history of the world’s largest island, which is covered in ice; a poetic and painterly ode to national parks; the most revealing tell-all about the ever-tumultuous […]

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