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Following is a list of the freelance reviewers who contribute reviews to Booklist and Booklist Online. (Many reviews are written by our editorial staff, whose biographies can be found on our Staff page. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please see Writing for Booklist.

Reviewers A–F
Reviewers G–L
Reviewers M–S
Reviewers T–Z

 


Reviewers A–F
 

Jennifer Adams is currently a marketing and communication specialist for a healthcare library, leading global outreach and networking efforts. She has a B.S. in journalism from Arkansas State University and a Master’s in library and information science from Dominican University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and is involved in community theater where she choreographs dances. Jennifer serves as president of the Friends of the Library, Winnetka/Northfield, takes tap dance lessons, plays hockey, and is an avid reader. She also likes crafts, cooking, and learning new things. [Adult Books]

Jessica Agudelo is a Supervising Librarian for Children's Services with the New York Public Library. A proud Queens, NY native, she developed a keen ear for the multiplicity of stories around her and hopes to encourage others to listen up too. [Books for Youth]

Amy Alessio is an award-winning librarian with a black belt in karate. Her latest book is the co-authored of Pop Culture-Inspired Programs (American Library Association, 2018). Her fiction includes the Alana O'Neill mysteries with vintage recipes. She teaches graduate-level young adult literature and webinars on book trends and social media. Several times a year she unleashes her love of vintage cookbooks on audiences through programs on food trends at libraries and conventions. She is a romance and mystery reviewer for Booklist. Learn more at amyalessio.com. [Adult Books]

Donald Altschiller is the history, government documents, and military affairs bibliographer at Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University. A longtime reviewer who has also served on the RBB Editorial Board, he reviews reference materials for Choice, Library Journal, and other library publications and is also a freelance writer. A recipient of the ALA Carnegie-Whitney Award, he has expanded his bibliography into a reference book, Animal-Assisted Therapy (Greenwood, 2011), which also includes a narrative history. [Reference]

Vivian Alvarez, aka Mother Goose, is a tween librarian at Chicago Public Library in the Pilsen neighborhood where she teaches and directs STEM, art, and digital media programs. She enjoys visiting the Library of Congress and traveling abroad to discover new resources for her programs. Additionally, she is a practicing artist in creative writing, painting, and drawing. She is a recipient of the 2015-2016 ALA Spectrum Scholar award as well as the 2015-2016 Sylvia Murphy Award, attended University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign on full scholarship, and published in ALA Knowledge Quest and Library Juice Press. Holds an MSLIS and an MAEd. [Books for Youth]

Erin Anderson works as a teacher and librarian at Millcreek Township School District in Pennsylvania for grades 6–8. Along with reviewing literature for youth and troubleshooting the never-ending drama of middle school, she loves to read thick antiquated works of nonfiction, the dustier the better. [Books for Youth]

Poornima Apte is a Boston-based engineer turned writer and book reviewer. She enjoys reading literary fiction and narrative nonfiction and is happiest when her bedside stash of books resembles a Jenga pile. [Adult Books]

Miriam Aronin is a writer and editor in Chicago. She is the author of a number of nonfiction books for children on topics ranging from animals to natural disasters to animals in natural disasters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading children's books, visiting the library, knitting, and exploring the city. [Books for Youth]

Freelance writer and former legal reporter Michael Autrey has written on diverse subjects: from architecture to viticulture, from tango to yoga. In addition to Booklist he writes for culturalsociety.org. His book reviews have appeared in The Oregonian. He published his first book of poetry, From the Genre of Silence, in 2008. [Adult Books]

Tiffany Austin got her degree as a Library Technical Assistant at College of DuPage in 1997. Her love of reading all genres of books goes back to when she was introduced to Gone with the Wind in middle school. From there she decided to pursue a degree in library science. Her love of literature has led her to new career in freelance writing, including review writing. She has been with the American Library Association since 2016, and this has expanded her world of authors and her personal library in leaps and bounds. Working for Booklist has been a new joy in her life. [Adult Books]

Michael Autrey is a poet and a critic. The Cultural Society published Our Fear, his first book of poems, in 2013. His reviews and review-essays have appeared in Asymptote, Chicago Review, Consequence Magazine, Literary Matters, The Oregonian, Prodigal, and Raritan. Forthcoming work will appear in Aurochs and Literary Imagination. [Adult Books]

Susan Awe, a longtime business librarian, is now director of outreach for the University Libraries at the University of New Mexico. She started reviewing reference and business books in 1990 and currently reviews for Choice, Booklist, and ARBA. [Reference]

Jeff Ayers is a library associate 4 in the Seattle Public Library System. He's the author of Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion (2006). He also reviews for the Associated Press, and Library Journal, and co-hosts two podcasts with the editor of Suspense Magazine. [Adult Books]

Diego Báez has received fellowships from the Surge Institute and CantoMundo and has completed a residency at Sundress Academy for the Arts in the hilly outskirts of Knoxville, Tennessee. His poetry and fiction have appeared at The Rumpus, The Acentos Review, and The Georgia Review, among others. He is a coordinator for the Diversity Committee of the International David Foster Wallace Society, for which he curated Spotify playlists based on the bibliographies in Signifying Rappers. He lives in Chicago and teaches at Harry S. Truman College. Find him online @diego_baez [Adult Books]

Jen Baker is a reader services librarian at the Seattle Public Library. She has served on the Reading List Council, is a sometime contributor to NoveList and has reviewed fiction for Booklist for many years. [Adult Books]

Greg Baldino is a writer and journalist in Chicago. His work has also appeared in New City, Bleeding Cool, Rain Taxi, Sequential Tart, City Pulse, and several other publications and websites. [Adult Books]

Brenda Barrera, a freelance writer and social media specialist, has been the editor of regional running/multisport magazines as well as a contributor to The Women’s Guide to Triathlon (2015). From 1985 to 1991 she worked at ALA (Booklist, ALA Library and Research Center, Public Programs Office) and still has a “serious 10 am coffee + cookie habit” from those beloved days at 50 E. Huron Street. In her spare time, she’s a competitive age group runner, cyclist, swimmer, and triathlete, so it’s no surprise her reviewing lane is sports titles. Look for her on Twitter at @brendajbarrera [Adult Books]

Thom Barthelmess teaches literature and library services for young people at the Dominican University (IL) Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He lives in an old church, eats plenty of cruciferous vegetables, and watches other people play tennis. [Books for Youth]

Danielle Bauter is a bibliophile at heart. She began her career as a bookseller in college, also doing a stint at the now-shuttered Feminist Bookstore News in San Francisco. For the last decade she has handled marketing and events at an independent bookstore in Southern California, and she is also a freelance writer with a focus on travel, food, and wine. Her writing has appeared in ELLE, Wine Enthusiast, Saveur, Budget Travel, Common Good, and the Orange County Register. She also writes a monthly column about books for Coast Magazine. You can find her online at daniellebauter.com. [Adult Books]

Casey Bayer is a graphic designer for ALA. He has a BA in Film Studies and reviewed movies for several years at various small-town publications. When not devouring DeLillo or Roth, he loves to read all sorts of nonfiction. Someday soon he'll finish his great American novella. [Adult Books]

Nancy Bent divided her education, personal, and professional lives between natural history and library science until she finally settled in as a public librarian.  Now semi-retired and working part time in Tucson, she uses her spare time for birding, volunteering, and reading anything she can get her hands on. [Adult Books]

Barbara Bibel is a reference librarian and consumer health information specialist. She is happily retired after working at the Oakland Public Library in California for 30 years. [Adult Books, Reference]

Robert Bittner has a PhD in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (SFU), and is also a graduate of the MA in Children’s Literature program at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. He loves reading a wide range of literature, but particularly stories with diverse depictions of gender and sexuality. You can find him on Twitter (@r_bittner) or reading in the shadow of an ever-growing stack of books in his office. [Books for Youth]

Ken Black is associate CTLE director, teaching and learning technologies at Dominican University (River Forest, IL); prior to that he was assistant director of the library and reference librarian at Dominican, and also has earlier public library experience. He has a BA in history, an MLS in library and information science, and an MS in computer information systems. Apart from history and computer-related things, his interests include literature, wildlife, and nature, and he's a long-time lover of Doctor Who. [Reference]

Peter Blenski has been a children’s librarian in the Milwaukee area for seven years. He is also the creator of the library blog Lego Librarian, legolibrarian.com which provides unique Lego Club challenges for librarians. He feels this approach to structured play combines creativity and problem solving with cooperation and time management. He spends most of his free time with his wife and their dog, Loki. [Books for Youth]

Allison Block’s love of books began with Dr. Seuss and never stopped. She especially enjoys reviewing mysteries and memoirs (but they don’t have to rhyme!). When she’s not stretching her mind with books, she’s stretching her limbs with yoga or hiking one of the many beautiful trails near her home in San Diego. [Adult Books]

Marta Segal Block is a freelance writer, editor, and marketing communications expert. She is based in Chicago where she specializes in the totally normal combination of young adult nonfiction and the wedding industry! She has been putting her MA in literature to good use, reviewing fiction for Booklist for over ten years. [Adult Books]

Katherine Boyle is a freelance journalist and law student at the University of Chicago. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, an online journal. She previously worked for an environment and energy newswire in Washington, D.C. She loves reading and running and is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. [Adult Books]

Frances Bryant Bradburn, the author of Output Measures for School Media Programs and former editor of North Carolina Libraries, is retired from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction where she was Director of Instructional Technology. Throughout her career she has been especially interested in young adult literature, chairing both the Best Books for Young Adults Committee and the first Printz Award Committee. Nothing pleases her more than being able to share books with her growing bevy of grandchildren, with the oldest granddaughter now devouring The Hunger Games trilogy, YA fantasy, and graphic novels. She hopes all the others follow suit. [Books for Youth]

Christine Bulson is librarian emeritus, State University of New York (Oneonta). She has reviewed for Reference Books Bulletin since 1988 and was chair of the Editorial Board 1991–1993. She also writes for Booklist Online's Points of Reference blog. [Reference]

Charlotte Burcher is an adult services librarian at the Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library, where she contributes regularly to Blogging for a Good Book. [Reference]

Ester Burke is a reference librarian in the Adult Services Dept. at the Champaign Public Library in Champaign, IL. She also designs and teaches computer classes for the public. She has a BS in biology and an MS in library and information sciences, both from the University of Illinois. Before becoming a public librarian, she was a medical reference librarian. Her favorite reads are sci-fi and mystery. [Reference]

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees, as well as an Audies Award judge. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column forBooklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). [Media]

Alice Burton is a book blogger and podcaster. You can find her writing about period dramas for Vulture and podcasting on Book Riot’s nonfiction podcast For Real. Find out all the gossip from nineteenth-century America by following her on social media @itsalicetime. [Adult Books]

Vanessa Bush is a former financial reporter who has contributed reviews to Booklist for nearly 20 years. Vanessa has also been a freelance contributor to Chicago Public Radio.  She is currently a grant writer at a school for retrieved high school dropouts and serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of Chicago and the Women's Educational Aid Association of Northwestern University. [Adult Books]

Monica Garza Bustillo is the Branch Manager at the Johnston Branch of the San Antonio Public Library. For over a decade, she has run several book groups and assisted in the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Initiative for San Antonio Public Library for To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, and Bless Me Ultima. She is active in the Texas Library Association, serving as Treasurer for District 10 and as Chair for the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List. She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas in 2007 with the support of an IMLS “Grow Your Own” Better Futures Leadership Development Scholarship Program. [Adult Books]

A reference/instruction librarian at the State University of New York (Oneonta) and environmental activist, Nancy Cannon lives in the scenic foothills of the Catskill Mountains. From her backyard, she strolls through woods and meadows, taking time to smell the flowers and observe wildlife. [Reference]

Rosie Camargo reads and speaks Spanish and English has 16 years of children’s book experience from Magic Tree Bookstore. Loves the smell of a new book. Last 6 years has become a nerdy librarian at 2 libraries. Spanish collection specialist, storytime coordinator.  Many many years of book-loving and audio listening experience. Mysteries, horror, and true crime enthusiast. Has several years of storytime under her belt so is no stranger to picture books. Lives in the Windy city with her daughter, Dog: Beans and 2 cats: Rice & Cafe. Currently learning ASL. [Audio, Books for Youth]

Kate Campos has been reviewing primarily Christian/inspirational romance for 5.5 years for Booklist. From biblical fiction to stories of faith and love in the modern world, she loves how the writing in this genre is richly researched, balanced in character and plot, and full of heart. Kate’s favorite romance author is Sarah Sundin, a must-read author for WWII era and 1940s romance. When she’s not curled up with a good book, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two (soon to be three!) young children and finding fun places to explore in their home state of Nebraska. [Adult Books]

Jerry Carbone has been a librarian since 1976 and is director of Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, Vermont, a position he has held since 1993. He is a member of ALA, the Vermont Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee, and the New England Library Association. He also serves on the Brattleboro Literary Festival Authors' Committee. [Reference]

In addition to being a columnist (“Carte Blanche”) and reviewer for Booklist, Michael Cart is the author or editor of 23 books, including his coming-of-age novel,My Father’s Scar, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Young Adult Literature from Romance to Realism. Long active professionally, he is a past president of both YALSA and ALAN (NCTE’s Assembly on Literature for Adolescents). As YALSA President, he appointed and chaired the task force that created the Michael L. Printz award. He is the recipient of the ALAN Award, the Grolier Foundation Award, and the YALSA Distinguished Service Award. [Adult Books, Books for Youth]

After 20 years as a teen librarian at Berkeley Public Library, Debbie Carton now works in the Art & Music department, where she specializes in programming, such as theater groups, noon concerts, and quilt shows.  Her two teens at home are always eager to see review books arrive in the mail, and sometimes read them before she does. Her spare time is devoted to chamber music performance and the occasional jigsaw puzzle. [Books for Youth]

Kristi Chadwick is a consultant for the Massachusetts Library System. She has been a librarian for over fifteen years, working in public libraries and resource-sharing networks. Besides reviewing for Booklist, Kristi is the current Science Fiction & Fantasy columnist for Library Journal. She served on the 2019 Stonewall Awards Committee for Youth and Young Adults and is currently serving on the 2020 LITA Excellence in Children’s & Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Books committee. [Adult Books]

Sean Pierre Chambers, MFA, teaches American literature, creative writing, and rhetoric &composition at Valley Forge Military College (near Philadelphia, PA). He is Assistant Professor of English and founder of the college drama club for cadets called Soldiers Theatre. Chambers directs the oral history and documentary project about his parents' all-black high school titled East End Pride: The Legacy of Huntington HS, 1921-1971 (Newport News, VA). He writes pedagogy, poetry, plays, and essays with voices and concerns of black dads at the center. A Barrymore Nominator, Chambers also often reviews plays when he is not taking acting and improv classes. [Adult Books]

Laura Chanoux studied history at the University of Michigan and Business at Boston University. Her writing has appeared in The Belladonna Comedy, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Billfold, Points In Case, Chicago Literati, and other publications. She has lived in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Boston, and feels at home once she has found her way to her local library’s mystery and cookbook sections. [Adult Books]

John Charles, a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Veritas Award and their 2002 Librarian of the Year, began reviewing romances for Booklist in 1999. Charles is the co-author of several nonfiction works including The Mystery Readers’ Advisory: The Librarian’s Clues to Murder and Mayhem (2012) and Romance Today: An A to Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance Writers (2007). After working in public libraries for 30 years, Charles retired and now works for the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, where he is delighted to encounter far more book queries and far fewer computer questions than in his previous career. [Adult Books]

Amina Chaudhri is an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Northeastern Illinois University where she teaches courses in Literacy, Social Studies, and Children’s and YA Literature. She is a long-time reviewer and contributor to Booklist and has served on children’s book award committees. She is the author of the book, Multiracial Identity in Children’s Literature. [Books for Youth]

Donna Chavez, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, also reviews books for Publishers Weekly and BookBrowse.com. A Chandler, AZ-based freelance writer with numerous publishing credits, including the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, she is also a writing coach. Visit her website at thewritecoach.com. [Adult Books]

Mary K. Chelton is a retired Professor Emeritus from Queens College (CUNY) Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, where she taught adult readers’ advising for 20 years. She loves genre fiction, particularly military romance and thrillers, political nonfiction, and anything about dogs. She was the first Librarian of the Year for the Romance Writers of America and the winner of ALA’s Margaret Monroe Award, and has written widely in library literature. She lives on Long Island with three Vizslas. [Adult Books]

Edith Ching is an instructor in the College of Information Science at the University of Maryland, where she teaches a children's literature survey course to aspiring librarians and teachers and also a course on Universal Usability, making libraries more accessible and friendly to those with special needs (isn't that all of us?). She is also an author escort and has enjoyed the company of lots of adult authors as well as children's authors and illustrators and once even escorted a dog (with his owner, of course). She has been on ALA's Newbery Committee, the Notable's Children's Video Committee, and is now serving on the Notable Children's Literature Committee. [Media]

Bryce Christensen, professor of English at Southern Utah University (SUU), received his Ph. D. in English literature from Marquette University. He teaches literature, including non-Western literature in translation.  He will be teaching American literature at National Taiwan University in Taipei as a Fulbright Scholar for the 2019-2020 year.   He has published articles in various scholarly journals and is the author of the novel Winning (Whiskey Creek Press) and The Portals of Sheol and Other Poems (White Violet Press). [Adult Books]

Carolyn Ciesla is the Dean of Learning Resources and Assessment at a community college in the Chicago suburbs. She has worked as a reference, instruction, and teen services librarian during her career, and has been reviewing horror and sci-fi/fantasy for Booklist since 2016. Born and raised in the desert Southwest, she now finds herself slowly acclimating to the winter climes of the Midwest, where she lives with her husband and daughter.  You can typically find her in front of a horror movie or British mystery show, crocheting and quilting. [Adult Books]

Craig A. Clark, MLS, Kent State University, has worked as a branch manager, circulation manager, and branch librarian for several Ohio public libraries. He has spent the last several years focusing on readers’ advisory in a freelance capacity, and has co-authored Read On…Sports: Reading Lists for Every Tasteandpenned articles for Novelist. Clark participates in the occasional book panel at ALA and served as chair for the American Library Association’s Notable Books Council in 2018 and on the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction in 2019. Currently he is reading for ALA’s Reading List Council. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. [Adult Books]

Kevin Clouther is a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at the State University of New York (Stony Brook). He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Iowa Writers' Workshop, and his stories have appeared in The Baltimore Review, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Madison Review, and Puerto Del Sol. [Adult Books]

Retired from 40 years as an educator of elementary students and a librarian at school and public libraries, Sharon E. Cohen continues to enjoy Booklist reviewing, reading, and writing. Her goal for this year is to work with a literacy program and write a children's book which was started as part of a EdD program at Teacher's College, Columbia University (NY). [Reference]

Stephanie Cohen-Perez is a Boston-based editor, writer, and illustrator, as well as a Florida native who loves connecting to people around her through literature and art. She works in acquisitions at the MIT Press, is a long-term reader and contest judge for Ploughshares, and her reviews are published on Publishers Weekly, Booklist and BookPage. She can be found exploring bookstores, museums, and restaurants across the world with her canine companion, Ted. [Books for Youth]

Tina Coleman loves music, reviews graphic novels, writes books about crafting and stories about aliens and ace detectives, makes art when she can, and has been known to write poetry. [Adult Books, Graphic Novels]

Chad Comello is a librarian at Morton Grove Public Library. He writes about libraries, typewriters, pop culture, and more at ChadComello.com. He lives in the Chicago area. [Adult Books]

Stacey Comfort is a teen librarian at the Chelsea District Library.  A Detroit transplant to Ann Arbor, she attends Art Fair every year, and loves modern urban fantasy like the Dresden Files and the Toby Daye books. Stacey is a proud and incurable geek; in her spare time, she plays Borderlands with her husband, and goes to as many Frank Turner concerts as possible. She's on a mission to collect books and tattoos; she has hundreds of one, and six of the other. [Books for Youth]

Emily Compton-Dzak is the Head of Adult Services at the Deerfield Public Library in Illinois. When she's not managing all things reference, readers' advisory, and multimedia she's usually goofing around with her family, cooking, reading, or driving. [Reference]

Harold V. Cordry is a writer and researcher who lives in Tecumseh, KS. [Reference]

Don Crinklaw is a former university teacher currently working as a reporter for the Tribune Company in Fort Lauderdale. He's written reviews for Commonweal, National Review, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. [Adult Books]

Andrienne Cruz has been a public librarian at Azusa City Library since 2006. Literary fiction and thrillers are her favorite genres. She particularly likes the time-travel and the love/hate relationship tropes. Her other passions include learning foreign languages, cooking, playing the cello, paper-crafting, and fitness. [Adult Books]

Karen Cruze just recently began reviewing audiobooks for Booklist. Before her metamorphosis into a young adult librarian at Northbrook (IL) Public Library, she was a journalist. She's married to (hold your gasps), Tom Cruze, a photographer not an actor, and is still mad she can't have him paged at airports (which she tried to do, but was told she couldn't, 17 years ago when their daughter Anna was about to be born). [Books for Youth, Media]

Formerly Coordinator of Children's Services at the New York Public Library, Julie Cummins has chaired the Newbery, Caldecott, Notable Children's Books, and Schneider Family Book Award committees. She has been on two African safaris (and close enough to touch a cheetah), lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, enjoys gourmet cooking, is an expert on hoop snakes, and has written five children's books with numbers six and seven in the works. [Books for Youth]

Joan Curbow is a reference librarian and archivist at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. She has been a reviewer since 2017. [Adult Books]

Parker E. Daniel is a youth services library assistant at Wichita Public Library. He holds a BA in English from Wichita State University and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. He reviews books by Africans, African Americans, and members of other communities in the African Disapora. [Adult Books]

Danica Davidson is a professional writer who is currently seeking to publish a YA novel. As a freelancer, she's written a few hundred articles for more than 30 magazines, newspapers, and websites. You can find her website at danicadavidson.com. [Graphic Novels]

Nina C. Davis, the adult services librarian for Smith Public Library in Wylie, TX, has been reviewing romance and fiction for Booklist since 2000 and contributing features since 1998. A self-professed history geek and Anglophile, she once flew all the way to New York City to watch Alan Rickman in his Broadway performance of Private Lives. In her spare time, she's a fanfic author, aspiring romance novelist, and football and anime junkie. [Adult Books]

Gary L. Day has a somewhat colorful, idiosyncratic background, which includes newspaper editor, theatrical director, lighting designer, porn illustrator, produced playwright, bar manager, sex show emcee, and prosaic office manager. He was raised on a farm in Texas but now makes his home in Philadelphia. He currently works as a freelance journalist; in addition to reviewing for Booklist, he currently writes on a myriad of subjects for Broad Street Review, Philadelphia Gay News, Chicago’s Windy City Media, and a number of other publications nationwide. He’s a big fan of superheroes, classic science fiction, history, science, and gay culture. [Adult Books]

Kara Dean is the youth services librarian at the Walpole Public Library. She tries to stay on top of the world of childrens literature by reading absolutely everything and then writing about it at her blog notjustforkids.blogspot.com. Look for her on Twitter as tardisgrl. [Books for Youth]

GraceAnne A. DeCandido was a librarian, then an editor, the last of the late, lamented Wilson Library Bulletin. She now reads, writes, and edits, and she teaches children's and YA literature for RutgersOnline out of her NYC home-office aerie. In odd moments she makes tea; watches the Yankees; puts early music, singer/songwriters, and rock and roll on her iPod; and sends too much e-mail. [Adult Books]

Susan DeGrane is a freelance writer, a volunteer for Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church, and a former editor of Loyola University's alumni magazine. [Adult Books]

Debbie De Louise is a reference librarian at the Hicksville Public Library on Long Island and the award-winning author of a cozy mystery series and three standalone mysteries. [Adult Books]

Shelley Diaz is part of the Youth Selection team at BookOps, the technical services collaboration between New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library. She previously worked at School Library Journal as the reviews manager and YA editor. Shelley is a member of ALSC, YALSA, and REFORMA. She has served on YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, Excellence in Nonfiction, and Collection Development Grant Committees. She's currently serving on ALSC's Distinguished Service Award committee. You can find her on Twitter where she shares photos of her darling daughter, bookish tweets about diverse kid lit, and her love for Jane Austen. [Books for Youth]

Betty Dickie has a BA and MA in English and has written advertising and public relations copy, and edited newsletters and magazines. A brief stint of teaching brought her to library work and the serials department of Boatwright Library at the University of Richmond (VA). She likes reading just about anything, but especially likes books that make her think and take her places she's never been with good strong characters to guide the way. [Adult Books]

Cynthia Dieden is a long-time librarian and current library manager in the suburbs of Chicago. With a degree in Sociology, her very first selection area as a cub librarian was 300s and now reviews books about sociology and social problems. She enjoys long walks with podcasts and finds archery meditative. [Adult Books]

Amy Dittmeier is a public librarian in the Chicagoland area who devours books. Back in her “music days,” she wrote about the local music scene for many outlets in Chicago as well as ran her own website. She did a career switch in 2016 and magically transformed into a librarian. When she’s not at work or snuggled up with a romance book, she enjoys reading comic books, trying new beers, working on cosplay, and binge-playing video games. [Adult Books]

Cindy Dobrez is a middle school librarian for West Ottawa Public Schools in Holland, MI. She prefers to read her review books while bobbing on her boat in Lake Michigan or sitting at her backyard tiki bar. In the winter months, she moves inside by a fire. [Books for Youth]

Nanette Donohue is the Technical Services Manager at the Champaign Public Library, a role that encompasses everything from cataloging to statistics to weeding to readers’ advisory. She never leaves home without at least one book, and she’s thrilled that both of her daughters have picked up this habit. Nanette is a meticulous tracker of her personal reading statistics, and can tell you how many books she’s read in a given calendar year and where she was while she was reading her favorites. (The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai? On an uncomfortable couch in an Airbnb in Bloomington, Indiana!) [Adult Books]

Deborah Donovan has been reviewing for Booklist since 2000, when she retired from the fiction department at the Cincinnati Public Library and moved to a small town in Colorado. She enjoys reviewing ethnic and Native American fiction and nonfiction, regional fiction, and debut novels for Booklist, is a part-time librarian at the La Veta (CO) Public Library, and also reviews fiction for Bookpage. [Adult Books]     

Brendan Driscoll is a writer and attorney based in New York City. He studied philosophy, rhetoric, social science, and law and worked for a time in the acquisitions department of the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago. In his spare time, he enjoys a good road trip. [Adult Books]

Cari Dubiel is the Adult Learning and Information Services Manager for the Twinsburg Public Library in Twinsburg, Ohio. She is an active reviewer on Goodreads, Twitter, and her podcast, the ABC Book Reviews. Her novel, How to Remember, is in production with Inkshares. She is a past Library Liaison to Sisters in Crime and the Head of Editing for Writing Bloc, an indie publishing collective. [Adult Books]

Emily Dziuban holds an M.A. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, an M.F.A from the University of New Orleans, and a key to the City of Isle of Palms. She has reviewed for Booklist since 2016. While she gravitates toward literary fiction, queer fiction, and books from or about the margins, her reading practice is promiscuous. She’s photographed the big five over two African safaris; she’s crossed one marathon finish line, and she attempts to needlepoint as well as her mother. She values authenticity, crying, turtles, and talking about King’s The Stand with her father. [Adult Books]

Courtney Eathorne is a Chicago-based playwright and script consultant. She began her work with Booklist as an intern in 2016. When she's not reading or writing, she can be found sailing the Chicago River as an architecture boat tour guide, critically analyzing vapid television, or traveling far and wide with her inimitable family and friends. [Adult Books]

Barbara Egel is a writer, editor, reviewer, and Adjunct Professor of English at Harold Washington College in Chicago, with a particular passion for poetry, but expertise and interest in all aspects of literature. [Adult Books]

Mark Eleveld has been reviewing for Booklist since 2004. He is the editor of The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip-Hop, and the Poetry of a New Generation and teaches at Lewis University. [Adult Books]

Julie Elliott is an Associate Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Public Relations and Outreach at Indiana University South Bend. Now that she has finished a 4 year stint on ALA’s Notable Books Council, she is enjoying spending a little time reading mysteries again, but with a 6 month-old son, she is also becoming very acquainted with board books and looks forward to learning a lot about children’s literature in the future. [Reference]

Rachel Elrod is the Head of the Education Library at the University of Florida. She holds a BS in Psychology and Sociology from Campbellsville University, a MEd in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville, and an MLS from the University of Kentucky. Rachael will begin work on an EdD in Higher Education Administration at the University of Florida in 2016. [Reference]

Patty Engelmann has always been drawn to the place of true inspiration, the library. She has worked in libraries since college and now works in an Illinois high-school library helping teenagers safely trek the vast Internet. Booklist allows Engelmann to indulge her passion for reading, especially romances, and she is happy to help educate the world about this often maligned genre. [Adult Books]

Randall Enos has been youth services consultant at the Ramapo Catskill Library System (NY) since 1982. He has served on the Newbery, Caldecott, Notable Children's Book, and many other ALSC and ALA committees. The guilty pleasures to which he admits are date and almond rolls and M&M's—not necessarily in that order. He is totally devoted to his two dogs, Liberty and Mason. [Books for Youth]

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University (CSU) Long Beach, coordinates the Librarianship program, and was named as the university’s Outstanding Professor. She also manages the CSU ICT Literacy Project. She earned her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and received her doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University. Dr. Farmer chaired the IFLA’s School Libraries Section and is a Fulbright scholar. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, she won several honors, including the American Library Association’s Phi Beta Mu Award for library education, the International Association of School Librarianship Commendation Award, and the SLA Education Division Anne Gellar Award. Dr. Farmer’s research interests include digital citizenship, information literacy, and data analytics. Her most recent books are Library Improvement through Data Analytics (ALA, 2016) and Managing the Successful School Library (ALA, 2017). [Adult Books, Reference]

Gordon Flagg reviews graphic novels, books on film and other aspects of popular culture, and the occasional novel. [Adult Books, Graphic Novels]

Margaret Flanagan is currently a reference and readers' advisory librarian at the Melrose Park Public Library. She began her career as an editorial assistant for Booklist and has been a freelance reviewer for over 25 years—though it kills her to admit it has been that long. [Adult Books]

Connie Fletcher reviews mysteries and children’s books for Booklist. Her favorite mystery writers tend to be British (Simon Brett’s Charles Paris series is her all-time favorite) or crafters of very intelligent thrillers (this includes every Joseph Finder novel). When Fletcher was a child, her father worked for Dell Comics, which may be behind her love of the artwork in children’s pre-school to grade 2 books and graphic novels. Fletcher is an associate professor of journalism at Loyola University Chicago. She’s written five nonfiction books consisting of interviews with experts, including What Cops Know and Crime Scene. Fletcher’s favorite author? Dickens. [Adult Books, Books for Youth]

Tiffany A. Flowers is an author, professor, and literacy advocate. Currently, she is an assistant professor of education at Georgia State University. Her interest in books include works by diverse authors.  [Books for Youth]

Diane Foote is a parent, a former associate editor of Book Links magazine, and a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children. She served on the 2010 John Newbery Award Selection Committee and is currently a member of the 2011–12 Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury; both given by ALA. She has so many books that neighborhood children have been known to come to her house to borrow them. [Books for Youth]

Jeanne E. Fredriksen is a Chicago native and has been a teacher, proofreader, advertising copywriter, media planner/buyer, PR writer, reporter, and editor. She freelances as a writer/editor/designer and now splits her reading and writing time between Raleigh, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC. Her book reviews reside at www.WhenLooseEndsMeet. [Books for Youth]

Jay Freeman has a master of arts in both classical history and U.S. history and is a reviewer of history books. He teaches history at a public high school in Chicago. [Adult Books]

Jenna Friebel lives in Chicago and works as a Collection Management Librarian at the Oak Park Public Library. She works primarily with children’s and teen materials and has served on several book award committees including Newbery and Printz. She also voraciously reads adult fiction; romance is her happy place. Outside of her bookish life, Jenna is also a yoga instructor and foster kitten caretaker. [Adult Books]

Katharine Fronk assists ALA Graphics with developing and marketing the iconic READ posters, as well as other promotional products. In addition to reviewing poetry and memoirs for Booklist, she also contributes to Graffiti Magazine. When not writing, she enjoys music, film, and exploring Chicago. She lives with her cat Matilda. [Adult Books]

When not working on book reviews for Booklist, Jim Frutchey enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  He is also an avid follower of New England sports (thanks to a mother from Maine) and an aging Beatlemaniac (thanks to a father who bought The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl LP for his son).  Professionally, Jim is an associate professor/librarian at Marywood University.  He resides in northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife Donna and sons Ethan and Evan. [Adult Books, Refernce]

Jonathan Fullmer is a Chicago-based writer and the Lead Senior Content Producer at EY NogginLabs. Formerly, he was a bookseller in Virginia, Tennessee, and Illinois, wrote ad and marketing copy, and taught writing at several colleges in Chicago. A Booklist reviewer since 2009, he has also written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Kirkus, Time Out, and Bookslut, among other publications. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago, where he was a Dwight Follett Fellow, and is a co-founder and former editor of Knee-Jerk magazine. [Adult Books]

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Reviewers G–L

Michael B. Gannon is the associate director for administrative services at the Prince George's County Memorial Library System (Hyattsville, MD). He is the author of Blood, Bedlam, Bullets & Badguys: A Reader's Guide to Adventure/Suspense Fiction, the 2003 recipient of the Public Library Association's Allie Beth Martin Award, and a past president of the Maryland Library Association. He enjoys reviewing all types of adventure and suspense fiction—the more action the better. [Adult Books]

Thomas Gaughan is a retired academic library director and the former editor of American Libraries magazine. [Adult Books]

Eve Gaus is a program officer for continuing education with the Young Adult Library Services Association. She previously worked as a reference and instruction librarian. When not reading, she is off adventuring on her bicycle.

Lolly Gepson has been a Youth Services Librarian for 35 years. She has served on the 2015 Newbery Committee and the 2005 Caldecott Committee, and has served on the Illinois Monarch Committee and continues to serve on the Illinois Rebecca Caudill Committee. She enjoys reading, swimming, hiking, travel, cross country skiing and cooking. She tries to visit Art Museums and Public Libraries when she travels. She has read children’s books to her children and grandchildren for as long as she can remember. She has been reviewing children's audiobooks and Children's Books for Booklist for about 15 years. [Audio, Books for Youth]

Rebecca Gerber reviews science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and the occasional craft book. A voracious reader from a young age (having read the dictionary in elementary school), she enjoys relaxing by "crawling into her books." She is the former librarian for the ALA, and now works as the Electronic Resources Analyst for a health care company. [Adult Books]

Kristina Giovanni - As the Adult Programs Coordinator at the Bloomingdale Public Library, I coordinate educational and entertaining programs for adults while also maintaining the fiction, mystery, romance, and audiobook collections. One of my favorite things about my commute to and from work is listening to audiobooks written and read by celebrities - it feels like they’re in the passenger seat! When it comes to reading books, my tastes range from nonfiction thrillers to Regency-era romances and my goal every year is to read 100 books. At home I am an avid crocheter, making scarves and blankets all year long, and mining Pinterest for new patterns and ideas. [Adult Books]

Carol Gladstein is a librarian and freelance writer living in Portland, Oregon. When she's not reading or writing she's swimming, sewing and planning her next trip to France. [Adult Books]

Steve Glassman teaches writing and literature at Embry-Riddle University (Daytona Beach, FL). He reviews crime fiction. [Adult Books]

Shelley Glantz, a retired middle-school and high-school librarian and director of school libraries, has been reviewing materials for K–12 school libraries for almost 30 years. She has been reviews editor for Library Media Connection (and other Linworth Publishing journals) for almost 18 years. [Reference]

Traci Glass is a librarian focused on information services and youth in Portland, Oregon.  Her mom gave her her first comic book, the 1988 classic Batman: A Death in the Family, and she hasn’t stopped reading comics since.  She was a 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards judge, is the coordinator of the Oregon Young Adult Network's Graphic Rave, a yearly list of the best comics and graphic novels for teens compiled and voted on by library staff from across the state as well as a past Chair of YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection committee. [Books for Youth]

Francisca Goldsmith works for the California State Library's Infopeople Project, and lives in Berkeley (CA). She will read anything with font over 6 points or with accompanying illustration. She gives away galleys (post review) to children travelling alone on planes. [Graphic Novels, Books for Youth]

Susannah Goldstein is a school librarian at The Brearley School in New York City. [Books for Youth]

Retired from school libraries after 30-plus years, Phillies fan Sue Gooden is happily working part-time in the public library, where she regularly sees former high-school students with their children. She also supervises practicum students, giving her a reason to visit school libraries throughout all of Delaware. [Reference]

Terry Goosey - I am a Northeast Ohioan transplant to DFW who refuses to give up his “Yankee” ways.  Avid reader since 2nd grade, I voraciously consumed all the science-based books in my elementary school library, and by 7th grade had been guided to the adult fiction section by my father and developed my love for science fiction and fantasy.  Network engineer by trade, I am a 3D printing hobbyist, automotive enthusiast, and avid gamer, both video and tabletop. [Adult Books]

Brachah Goykadosh is a freelance writer and book critic in New York City, where she studies at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Previously, she earned her MA in English Literature from Brooklyn College. [Adult Books]

Emily Graham peaked in the fourth grade when she became the model for Felicity Merriman, the colonial American Girl. She works in the fair-trade world and loves colorful children’s book endpapers, playing her accordion badly, and amateur bird watching in Seattle. [Books for Youth]

Roland Green has been a full-time writer since 1973, and a Booklist reviewer since 1979.  He reviews science fiction, fantasy, and military and maritime history. He lives in Chicago with his wife of 35 years, Booklist reviewer Frieda Murray, and their daughter Violette. [Adult Books]

Jeanne Polston Greene holds an MA in Modern European History from U. C. Riverside and has been reviewing historical novels freelance for more than 10 years. She also writes policy manuals, employee handbooks, and in-house newsletters for non-profit organizations. In addition to a coast-to-coast family, her interests include reading British police procedurals and playing bridge. [Adult Books]

Asia Gross is the branch manager at McClay Branch, St. Charles City-County Library District (MO). [Reference]

Genevieve Grove serves as Branch Services Librarian for the Oak Park Public Library (IL), which means she gets to help every type of patron every day. Yes, it is awesome, actually. She has been voted "Most Likely to Wear Vintage Curtains as a Skirt" and is proud of it. [Reference]

Mary Ann Gwinn writes about books and authors for Booklist, the Seattle Times, Newsday and other publications. A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, she was the book editor of the Seattle Times from 1998 to 2017. She’s on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. [Adult Books]

Joyce Hagen-McIntosh has a background in journalism and librarianship. She has a passion for the First Amendment, providing access to information, and a love for people and social justice. She has worked as a reference librarian and currently conducts trainings for library staff on intellectual freedom and consults with the Freedom to Read Foundation. Joyce lives near Chicago, IL and enjoys teaching her elementary-aged sons that everyone should have access to the materials they are interested in. She performs in and manages standup comedy shows. You can find Joyce on Twitter @jmclibrarian or @JoyceStandsUp or through her website at joycestandsup.com. [Adult Books]

Now retired from her position as a Readers Services advisor for the St. Charles (IL) Public Library, Carol Haggas maintains her business as "The Writer Lady," providing editorial, copywriting, marketing and public relations services for published and aspiring authors. Carol reviews adult fiction and nonfiction in the areas of environmental science, current affairs, politics, biography, memoir, and social sciences. She is a judge for the Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction for 2020. In addition to serving on the board of directors of the St. Charles Arts Council, Carol makes time for distance walking, biking, needlepoint and travel. [Adult Books]

Jenny Hamilton writes about books for Booklist, Strange Horizons, and Lady Business, among others. She is a blogger and podcaster at Reading the End, named after her disconcerting (but satisfying) habit of reading the end of books before she reads the middle. Her reading enthusiasms span from academic monographs to fanfiction, and everything in between. [Adult Books]

Amna Haque holds a BA in English and is currently a law student in Chicago. Introduced to Booklist magazine after completing an internship with YALSA, she gets to indulge her love for YA fiction as a reviewer. [Books for Youth]

Carol Sue Harless is a retired public school librarian and grant writer, but continues to review for RBB and for the published journal articles of the International Reading Association. An avid reader, Carol now enjoys Chinese brush painting, weight training, yoga, and volunteers at the Georgia Aquarium every week. She remains active by walking 3.5 miles every day. [Reference]

Lindsay Harmon is an Adult Services Librarian at the Naperville Public Library in Naperville, IL. She has also been an academic librarian with subject liaison ranging from business to visual arts and an editor of medical and professional books. Her undergraduate degree is in English and Journalism. She knows a little about a lot of things, which is useful for librarianship and trivia contests. She reviews fiction and art-related reference books. [Adult Books, Reference]

Suzanne Myers Harold works part-time as the Youth Services Librarian at Astoria (OR) Public Library. Her other part-time job is Outreach Coordinator for Libraries ROCC (Reading Outreach in Clatsop County), a non-profit that provides free library cards to rural youth and a coordinated countywide Summer Reading program. She lives in Astoria, Oregon, overlooking the Columbia River. [Books for Youth] 

Laurie Hartshorn retired as head of reference at Pekin Public Library after more than 30 years on staff. She has also logged time as a school librarian, college cataloger, and community college teacher. She and her husband enjoy searching for antiques, beachcombing in Florida, and visiting their daughter and son-in-law in Chicago. [Media]

Muhammed Hassanali works as an engineer during the day, developing novel products and processes.  Outside work hours, he indulges in his other interests, which include photography and an insatiable appetite for learning (and sharing knowledge).  He has led wildlife photographic expeditions, written encyclopedia articles on Muslim civilizations and cultures, and given presentations to general and specialized audiences on cultural and scientific topics.  He also teaches science, mathematics, business and economics courses part-time at the college level. [Adult Books]

Maria Hatton is the director of administration for a Chicago-based restoration company, which can be a highly stressful occupation. To relax, she reads romances, a habit that has made her an expert reviewer for Booklist, and which inspires her to write: "I am lost without a book in my hands, especially a romance novel which takes me away to another time, another place, and someone else's stress!" [Adult Books]

LaParis Hawkins is a lover of laughter and books. When the two intersect, it feels like the sun beaming on her face at the perfect 45 degree angle. She has an extensive resume, having written for both print magazines and digital media. LaParis is a freelance writer, currently living in Brooklyn, and working on her debut novel. [Adult Books]

Valerie Hawkins has worked in libraries for over 25 years, including 19 years at the library at the American Library Association headquarters. A lifelong writer, her enduring interest in pop culture, including film, TV, music, radio, comic books, and theater informs her historical take on race and politics, and led to an Interdisciplinary Studies degree. Contributing to ALA’s website, virtual world, and social media properties stemmed from a competing interest in computer technology. Hawkins is currently overseeing social media for Skilltype and Rebellious Magazine for Women, when not writing reviews for Booklist. [Adult Books]

Public librarian Summer Hayes has been flip-flopping between teen and adult services in the Seattle area since 2004 and has been reviewing books for nearly as long.   When she’s not buried in a stack of graphic novels, she can usually be found far from the noisy city, preferably near a mountain lake. [Books for Youth]

Having worked in three different departments at Rocky River Public Library, Stacey Hayman is now the Outreach Coordinator and is responsible for community engagement, supervising services to homebound patrons, and selecting digital materials. Being accepted as a reviewer for Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) and Library Journal, in 2006 and 2007 respectively, and Booklist in 2015, has made this avid reader quite happy. Stacey was selected as the Committee Chair for VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List in 2008 and coauthored, with Cherie Pandora, Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaborations (2013). Stacey has served on ALA's Notable Books Council (2013-2017), Sophie Brody Medal (2019), and the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction (2020). [Adult Books]

Carl Hays is a University of Illinois graduate in English and creative writing. He has been a computer technician, a technical writer, and has reviewed sf and non-fiction science books for Booklist since 1992. [Adult Books]

Anne Heidemann serves as the Tribal Librarian for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, where she is responsible for a public library, a community college library, and an elementary school library. When she's not at work she spends her time designing knitting patterns, gardening, and striving to dismantle oppressive systems. [Adult Books]

Jack Helbig is a journalist and playwright. He regularly reviews theater for the Chicago Reader and the Daily Herald. He is currently working on a new musical with Mark Hollmann based on Menander's The Grouch. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife, Sherry, and his spunky daughter, Margaret. [Adult Books]

Dona J. Helmer, currently a librarian with the Anchorage School District in Anchorage, Alaska, is a former university librarian and professor who wanted to get back to the real world of working every day with real children and real books. She has served on the Newbery, Caldecott, and Outstanding Fiction for College Bound committees for ALA. She reads, quilts, and rarely exercises. [Reference]

Pat Henshaw is a retired Los Rios Community College librarian from Sacramento, CA. She has reviewed adult fiction for Publishers Weekly, the Houston Chronicle, and other publications. [Adult Books]

Diana Tixier Herald, a collection development librarian for Mesa County Libraries in western Colorado, has had a lifelong passion for fiction writing and editing several readers' advisory guides, including Genreflecting, Teen Genreflecting, Fluent in Fantasy, and Strictly Science Fiction. A recipient of RUSA’s Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award, she has been active in many book award committees and judging panels. Di lives on the edge of a remote canyon in a sustainable off-grid home made out of tires, cans, and bottles with her spouse of several decades. She reviews romance and occasionally other genres for Booklist. [Adult Books]

Jason Hess is a librarian and writer based in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, the essayist Jillian Weiss. He holds an MLIS from Valdosta State University and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His creative and critical writing has appeared in Camas, December Magazine, Kenyon Review Online, The Los Angeles Review, OregonLive.com, and Whitefish Review. [Adult Books]

Alan Hirsch, reviewer for books in classical music, has sung in choruses since age 9, including 26 seasons in the Chicago Symphony Chorus. In his mountaintop home in Southern Colorado, he listens to opera, symphonic, chamber, solo, and choral music, and seasons those with sprinklings of folk, jazz, and popular music. [Adult Books]

Neil Hollands is an adult services librarian, specializing in readers' advisory, at Williamsburg Regional Library (VA). The author of two books—Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction and Fellowship in a Ring: A Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups—he has also contributed chapters on readers' advisory to the Jessica Moyer-edited Research-Based Readers' Advisory and the Diane Zabel-edited Reference Reborn: Breathing New Life into Public Services Librarianship. He serves on Booklist's Advisory Board and contributes regularly to Booklist's Book Group Buzz blog and WRL's Blogging for a Good Book. [Adult Books, Reference]

Pam Spencer Holley is the retired coordinator of libraries for Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools, a past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association and founder of the "Audiobooks, It Is" column for VOYA. She served on YALSA's Amazing Audiobooks Committee and chaired the 2009 Odyssey Award Committee, all of which has led to her inability to cook, drive, iron or walk without an audiobook playing in her ear. [Media]

Erin Holt is a Teen Librarian at the Williamson County Public Library outside of Nashville, TN. When she's not reviewing titles for Booklist (or BookPage, or Library Journal, or School Library Journal), she enjoys going to the gym, getting fitness in through HIIT and weight-training classes, being a wife to her amazing husband, and mother to her two feisty kiddos. [Adult Books]

Terry Hong created Smithsonian BookDragon, a multi-culti book blog for Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, where she was media arts consultant, then board advisor. She was the writer wrangler for the film Girl Rising, taught for Duke University’s Leadership in the Arts, and co-authored two books, Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture from Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism and What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature. She’s served on various award committees, including USBBY’s Outstanding International Books, Audies, Hans Christian Andersen Award U.S. nominations, We Need Diverse Books’ Walter Awards; she remains WNDB’s Walters co-director. [Adult Books, Audio, Books for Youth]

Carol S. Holzberg, PhD, is an educational technology specialist, computer journalist, private technology consultant, and anthropologist. She coordinates the technology program at three schools in Western Massachusetts and teaches in both the Licensure program at Hampshire Educational Collaborative (Northampton, MA) and online in the School of Education at Capella University. When she's not solving tech problems (or causing them), she goes for long country walks, reads poetry, bakes fabulous chocolate brownies (recipe available upon request), and copes stoically with the dust fluffs that have taken over her empty nest. [Media]

Brad Hooper, former Adult Books Editor, is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Shores Award and is the author of Writing Reviews for Readers' Advisory (2010), Read On . . . Historical Fiction (2005), and other books. He is Booklist's expert on history, geography, royalty, and the art of the short story. [Adult Books]

Danise Hoover recently retired from Hunter College library.  BA, University of ILL, MA, MLS, Indiana University. Reference Librarian in Public and Academic Libraries.  Member and chair of Notable Books, Sophie Brody Medal Committee, and the Listen list. Member of the first Carnegie Medal Committee. A happy freelance reviewer of trade fiction and nonfiction, and reference books since the mid 1990s. [Adult Books]

Molly Horan is an associate editor at Refinery29 and an adjunct professor at Fordham University. Her writing has been published on Buzzfeed, Flavorwire, Mashable, Hellogiggles, Femsplain and many other sites. [Books for Youth]

Erin Downey Howerton is currently the Youth Services Manager at the Wichita Public Library (KS) and a member of the Booklist advisory board. She has contributed chapters to The Readers’ Advisory Handbook, The Official YALSA Awards Guidebook, and Crossover Readers’ Advisory. In past years, she has served on the Printz Award and Edwards Award committees. Her favorite genres are science fiction, horror, and “unique” nonfiction titles. [Adult Books]

Sharon Hrycewicz is a children's librarian at the Downers Grove Public Library. She began working with children's literature when she started working in a kid's bookstore in the early 1990s, not knowing anything about the books. Someone quickly handed her a book and she's been reading it ever since. Sharon loves listening to children's books on audiobook during her 20 mile drive to work. [Audio]

Jennifer Hubert is the middle school/coordinating librarian at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School, located in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village. She is a closet quilter obsessed with the color pink, all things Target, and reality television. [Books for Youth]

Kathleen Hughes reviews all sorts of different books for Booklist. She also is manager of publications for the Public Library Association (PLA) and editor of Public Libraries.  [Adult Books]

Kristine Huntley began her career as a publishing assistant and freelance reviewer at Booklist. She left Chicago for Los Angeles, seeking a warmer climate and employment in the entertainment industry. Kristine is now a television writer with credits on shows for ABC and Hulu, but she's still a big fan of curling up with a good book at every opportunity. [Adult Books]

Krista Hutley is the Teen and Adult Services Librarian at Wilmette (IL) Public Library. Specializing in sf, fantasy, and young adult books, she has also written reviews for the Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books and Library Journal Xpress. Her hobbies are reading, watching too much TV, everything horror, all kinds of gaming, Critical Role, funny cross-stitch, and yoga. [Adult Books, Books for Youth]

Longtime middle-school teacher and occasional librarian Kathleen Isaacs has worked in schools and colleges in Baltimore, Washington, British Hong Kong, and China as well as the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. She has served on and chaired a variety of book award committees, writes reviews and articles for professional magazines, and teaches children's literature at Towson University. [Books for Youth]

Grace Jackson-Brown holds a Ph.D. in mass communication and a master’s degree in library and information management. In addition to writing reviews for Booklist she writes reviews of books for a professional journal, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. She is an academic librarian who loves to coordinate library programs to promote literacy and diversity. She currently serves as a Research & Instruction Librarian for Missouri State University. [Adult Books]

Merle Jacob is currently retired from her job as Director of Library Collection Development for the Chicago Public Library. After retiring she was a consultant to libraries and publishers on collection development, readers’ advisory, marketing, and mysteries, and wrote mystery reviews and articles for NoveList. She is a past president of CODES section of RUSA where she established the Readers’ Advisory Committee. She was also on the executive board of the Adult Reading Round Table and has given numerous talks on collection development, weeding, Readers’ Advisory, and the mystery genre for librarians. [Adult Books, Reference]

Barbara Jacobs is Booklist’s longest-serving reviewer. She is a former librarian and a professional journalist who regularly reviews publications on home design, arts and crafts, and business. [Adult Books]

Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is a youth services librarian in Arlington, VA (it's more than just a cemetery, she is quick to note) who divides her time between her laptop and her lap cats. When she's not reviewing audio materials for kids, writing articles, conducting story hours, or teaching teachers, she's out in the garden giving pep talks to her plants. [Media]

Since 2017, Jennifer Koenig Johnson has reviewed a wide variety of topics in adult nonfiction (social sciences). She holds a B.A. and M.A. (history) from the University of Arkansas and a M.L.I.S. from LSU. She is a Reference Librarian at the Springdale Public Library and is the selector for adult fiction. Jennifer leads two book clubs, one as a library program and the other as a community non-library affiliated group. She is an avid reader of suspense, ghost stories, and thrillers. Jennifer resides in Arkansas with her husband, fat orange cat, and two dachshunds. When not doing book-related activities, she enjoys running and barre. [Adult Books]

Sarah Johnson, head of collection management at Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library, has been reviewing for Booklist since 2005. She is the author of two readers' advisory reference books, Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre (2005) and Historical Fiction II (2009), and is a recipient of the Louis Shores Award from ALA/RUSA. She also oversees book reviews for the Historical Novel Society and writes her own blog at Reading the Past. Originally from suburban Connecticut, she shares a house in rural Illinois with her husband, too many cats, and a large collection of books. [Adult Books]

Courtney Jones reviews multicultural youth titles, adult fiction, non-fiction and celebrity biographies. She's a former books for youth editorial assistant for Booklist, and currently serves as the Awards Coordinator for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). [Adult, Books for Youth]

Sara Jorgensen studies archives and records.  She also holds a Ph.D. in History, focusing on connections between the United States and southern Africa during the nineteenth century, and likes to write about shady characters and sketchy behavior during this period.  Outside the world of research and records, she enjoys apartment gardening, snarky singing, museums, and anyplace with a beach. [Adult Books]

Currently Associate Director, Community engagement at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT, Elizabeth Joseph has served on both the Notable Books committee and the selection committee for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Her favorite genres include immigrant diaspora fiction and creative nonfiction.  Elizabeth’s hobbies include watching foreign films, completing the NYT Crossword puzzles, and visiting museums and bookstores around the world. [Adult Books]

Alice Joyce reviews gardening books for Booklist, where her writing life took root as a garden travel author, photographer and speaker on destinations and design. A new website, Alice's Garden Travel Buzz is a resource enjoyed by garden tourists and armchair travelers, along with her award-winning regional blog, Bay Area Tendrils. [Adult Books]

Kat Kan fairly wallows in graphic novels as most of her work for Brodart and H. W. Wilson involves reading and reviewing them and selecting them for monthly lists and the Graphic Novels Core Collection. In her spare time she's a pastor's wife and works part time as a school librarian in a private preK–8th grade school. [Graphic Novels]

Jesse Karp is a librarian and teacher at LREI, a pre-K-12th grade independent school in New York City.  He is the author of the young adult novels Those That Wake and What We Become and the non-fiction Graphic Novels in Your School Library.  He has served on the Eisner and Great Graphic Novels for Teens committees and taught classes on comics to various age levels ranging through graduate school.  He's been a reviewer for Booklist since 2005. [Books for Youth]

Chris Keech is the managing editor of ALA Production Services. He has a BA in journalism from Columbia College and has been a freelance writer for 15 years, focused primarily on film, music, television, and pop culture. He reviews adult nonfiction and fiction titles for Booklist and is a huge fan of both David and Amy Sedaris. [Adult Books]

Nell Keep is currently toiling away in a call center, which, while draining, gives her plenty of time for reading and writing. In addition to her work as reviewer she reads voraciously, particularly genre fiction, “experimental” fiction, LGBTQ fiction, and poetry. Favorite authors or poets include Kathy Acker, Samuel R. Delany, Frank O’Hara, and Bernadette Mayer. Located in Pittsburgh with her partner and one very beautiful but spoiled cat, Nell hopes in the near future to either resume her pursuit of an MLIS or enter a Ph. D. program. She has also knitted several scarves of varying quality. [Adult Books]

John Keogh is a Branch Manager for the Johnson County Library system serving the Kansas-side suburbs of the KC metro area. Prior to this, he was a librarian in the Digital Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.  When he was five years old, he decided he wanted to live in a library when he grew up. Libraries are his third career, after being a professional theatrical technician and then a general office jockey. He loves dogs, interesting music, well-told stories, compelling characters, bad puns, and dad jokes. He wants to be an actor someday. [Adult Books]

Eloise L. Kinney has worked for Booklist since 1987, in Chicago and now as a freelancer—copyediting, proofreading, and writing book and media reviews. She also copyedits books for ALA Editions and other publishers, recently, happily, branching out into true crime (copyediting, that is).  [Adult Books]

Meg Kinney runs a small campus library at Indiana University, where she is a SLIS student. Previously she worked in publishing at several small indie presses. [Adult Books]

Liz Kirchhoff is an adult services librarian at the Barrington Area Library in the Chicago suburbs. She is a longtime book reviewer, and has read for the American Library Association's Notable Books Council. After her first book came out last year, Liz swore she'd never do that again (even though she probably will). Now she happily reviews books written by others. In her free time, Liz will read just about anything, although finishing is quite a different matter. [Media]

Mark Knoblauch was graduated from Valparaiso University and earned an AMLS from the University of Michigan. He started his professional career as a cataloger at the Chicago Public Library in 1970 and eventually became Coordinator of Collection Management. He also wrote regular restaurant reviews and feature articles on food and dining for the Chicago Tribune for fifteen years. He contributed articles to Library Journal, American Libraries, Editor & Publisher, and others. [Adult Books]

Carolyn Kubisz has been a librarian for 18 years, is currently a reference librarian for Takeda Pharmaceuticals and occasionally teaches in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. She started writing reviews for Booklist back in 1999 when she was the associate director of ALA's Library and Research Center. [Adult Books]

Dawn Kuczwara is a plate spinner. She spends her time balancing her love of reading, a full-time career, cohosting a podcast, parenting, and fostering a budding desire to be a writer. She’s Chicago born, but a recent move has her learning to love Austin, Texas. She identifies deeply with the area as it strives to balance quirkiness, tradition, rustic beauty, and high-tech influences. Having graduated with a major in computer science and a minor in English lit, Dawn reminds herself daily of her favorite Morticia Addams quote: “What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly”. [Adult Books]

Abbie Landry, director of libraries at Northwestern State University Libraries, started reviewing reference books in library school and has continued ever since. She especially enjoys reviewing titles on history, sports, hobbies, and animals. [Reference]

Bethany Latham is an avid reader, as well as a professor and librarian at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. She serves as Managing Editor and a regular review for the Historical Novels Review, and as a regular contributor to EBSCO’s NoveList database. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Academic Librarianship, has published in a variety of scholarly journals, and authored three nonfiction monographs. She is currently on the selection committee of the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction. [Adult Books]

Michele Leber - Soon after I started reviewing 45 years ago, I determined (after agonizing over my early efforts) that for me, a review is one person’s reaction to one book at one moment in time. So, I keep that in mind and try to do my best (and was LJ’s first Reviewer of the Year for fiction in 1997). Now that I’m long retired from Fairfax County Public Library, VA, reviewing is my greatest pleasure, after my husband of almost 60 years and our six grandchildren (and their  parents), and I’m fortunate to have the incomparable Bill Ott as my editor at my back. [Adult Books]

Angela Leeper, the director of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Richmond (VA), has a small but growing collection of ceramic libraries. When not reading to, playing with, or carpooling her active identical twin daughters, she enjoys swimming, walking, and traveling. She hopes to visit the chateaux in France's Loire Valley one day. [Books for Youth]

Ilene Lefkowitz is the Head of Adult Services at the Denville Public Library in NJ and has been reviewing romance novels for Booklist since 2014.  She is the coauthor, along with C.L. Quillen, of Read On . . . Romance: Reading Lists for Every Taste and the chapter on romancein Crossover Readers' Advisory: Maximize Your Collection to Meet Reader Satisfaction.  When she isn’t reading just about anything she can get her hands on, Ilene can be found in her tiny kitchen cooking for her friends and family who somehow always seem to be coming over for dinner. [Adult Books]

Craig Lefteroff has performed library work in Louisiana, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Indiana.  He currently serves as the Adult Services Librarian at the Parkersburg & Wood County Library in West Virginia.  When not reading, he watches old horror movies and makes sure that his cat is sufficiently entertained. [Adult Books]

Susan Dove Lempke is the Head of Youth Services and Assistant Library Director at the Niles Public Library in suburban Chicago. She began reviewing at the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, and currently also reviews for Reading Today and The Horn Book Magazine. Despite their noise and their mess, she still finds working with children far preferable to working with the grownups. [Books for Youth]

Mark Levine is a former publishing (sales) executive and New York City double-decker bus tour guide, a job for which he was better suited. He alludes to books that no one remembers because of his tastes and age. He is a graduate of the State University of NY, with an MA in History from the University of Missouri.Although I'm sure he has been quoted because of confusion, he is not the commentator Mark Levin, the jazz pianist Mark Levine, or anybody else by that name. [Adult Books]

Janice S. Lewis is the associate director at East Carolina University's Joyner Library. She has been an RBB reviewer for nearly 20 years. As a former attorney, she enjoys reviewing legal and criminal justice titles. In her spare time, she bicycles and helps run her local public library's used book sale. Favorite fiction authors include John Sandford and James Lee Burke. [Reference]

Amy Lewontin has worked in many types of libraries over forty years, starting at a museum with the National Park Service and including a school library in New Hampshire, and public libraries near Boston, then at Bentley University in Waltham.   She has also worked as a library consultant for the State of Massachusetts as well as a librarian for Metlife.  Currently, Amy is the Collection Development Librarian at Northeastern University in Boston.  Reading and talking about books is her passion. Amy received her BA in History from Boston University, her MLS from Simmons University and studied the history of Roman slavery at UMass Boston. [Adult Books]

Art A. Lichtenstein is a reluctantly retired academic librarian living in the frozen wastes of Western Maine along with the bears, turkeys, coyotes, and lord knows whatever else may be out there.  He has been happily reviewing for Booklist since 1988 and plans to continue doing so until the editors make him stop. [Adult Books, Reference]

Donald Liebenson reviews DVDs for Booklist. He has written about the home video industry since the days of VHS. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Huffington Post. Before he becomes an empty-nester, he is desperately racing against time to share all of his favorite old movies with his son. [Media]

Elaine Lindstrom has been a suburban branch manager for much longer than she was a reference librarian at the Dayton, Ohio main library—but doing reference is still the main reason she enjoys being a librarian. Another is leading a monthly mystery book discussion group at the branch since 2000. She has a part-time job as a minister's wife. [Reference]

Erin Linsenmeyer is a youth services assistant at West Chicago Public Library District. When she isn't busy telling people that no, we are not located in the city of Chicago, or entertaining toddlers with countless voices, she is working on her MLIS at Dominican University (IL). [Reference]

Lucy M. Lockley is Lead Collection Development Librarian for St. Charles City–County Library (MO) and co-teaches an introduction to readers’ advisory class. She is a member of the Panorama Project Readers’ Advisory Impact Committee, has served on various ALA-RUSA award committees and has presented at state and national conferences. She authored chapters for The Readers’ Advisory Handbook (2010) and Crossover Readers’ Advisory: Maximize Your Collection to Meet Readers Satisfaction (2017) and has acted as an APA Audie Awards judge. Lucy and her family are HUGE fans of trivia, animation, special effects, action-adventure films, and all forms of reading. [Adult Books]

Ellen Loughran works as a part-time reference librarian at N.Y. CityTech and Hunter College of the City University of New York, as well as being a visiting professor in the Pratt School of Library and Information Science. She reviews with great interest and pleasure: literary fiction, bildungsroman, and historical fiction—the weirder the book, the greater the pleasure. [Adult Books]

Wes Lukowsky - I began reviewing for Booklist in the summer of 1978. A Booklist associate who lived out in Geneva saw my work in the local paper covering sports and contacted me. Alan Moores had me “audition” by reviewing an as-told-to autobiography of baseball star Rod Carew. In those long-go days I would type reviews and bring them down to ALA on Huron Street along with the galleys. I’d pick up new galleys and some finished copies. Martin Brady was my contact for a while, and he’d forget I was coming so I’d toss pebbles off his third-floor window to get his attention. The electronic age is much less challenging, especially since Booklist discovered the USPS. In real life I’ve been with VWR Scientific since 1982, including 25+ as purchasing manager. [Adult Books]

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Reviewers M–S

A second-generation Booklist freelancer, Elliot Mandel reviews adult nonfiction and documentary films on music, history, and New Orleans. Additionally, he reviews classical music in Chicago, plays the cello, takes pictures, and badmouths the Cubs with Media Editor Sue-Ellen Beauregard. [Adult Books, Media]

Sara Rofofsky Marcus is the electronic resource/web librarian at the Kurt R. Schmeller Library of Queensborough Community College in Bayside (NY). When not working as a librarian or reviewing books, she is busy teaching information literacy courses and reading with her children. [Reference]

Sara Martínez was the founding coordinator for the Tulsa City-County Library's Hispanic Resource Center where she hosted a myriad of Latinx writers from Gustavo Arellano to Rubén Navarrette to Matt de la Peña.  She currently manages the Nathan Hale branch, the smallest but one of the busiest branches in Tulsa. Sara chairs the Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission for Tulsa City and County, and her recent projects include a Know Your Rights Forum for immigrants in Spanish and English as well as the annual Tomás Rivera Recognition Ceremony for Latinx Excellence in Education.  Sara edited ABC-CLIO’s genre guide, Latino Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests and wrote The Chicano Movement: Historical Explorations of Literature.  After receiving her BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, Sara moved to Mexico City to do graduate work in Latin American Studies and Literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  She received her MLIS from the University of Oklahoma. [Adult Books]

Ivy Mason is an aspiring young adult librarian, currently working in higher education. An avid book reader (and listener)—from graphic novels, to fiction, to biographies and memoirs, she'll tackle any book that comes her way. When not reading she spends her spare hours cooking, gardening, and hiking in the vast forests of the Pacific Northwest—and building more bookshelves. [Media]

Lizzie Matkowski is a librarian at the Downers Grove Public Library in Illinois, but has worked in both public and academic libraries over the years. She has spent countless hours lost in a book since childhood, famously bringing a book to every family outing. After law school and some time in the legal world, she realized librarianship was her true calling. When not reading, she can usually be found making ceramic pots on the wheel, knitting, and gaming. [Media]

Joy Matteson is the Adult and Teen Services Librarian at the Downers Grove Public Library. She loves reading historical fiction, theology, and food memoirs in her spare time, and audiobooks are a new favorite. Baking and crocheting are her therapeutic hobbies; she also plays violin in a pop strings trio on weekends with her twin sister. [Media]

Kathleen McBroom has been a Booklist reviewer for decades. Her various job titles have included reference librarian, media specialist, curriculum director, and professor. She currently works as the Library Media Practicum Coordinator for the School of Information Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit. Kathleen also serves as a frequent contributor and member of the Book Links advisory board. [Adult Books, Books for Youth, Reference]

Mary McCay is the Landrieu Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University New Orleans. She loves to listen to audiobooks, drink champagne, and travel. [Media]

Five grandchildren keep Nancy McCray (a former assistant editor in the Media section) commuting to Colorado and points overseas. Currently she works in the children's room at Evanston (IL) Public Library. [Media]

Kristen McKulski is a former associate editor of Book Links magazine. She has worked as an editor in trade and institutional publishing for more than 15 years. She has reviewed youth and picture books for Booklist since 2007. [Books for Youth]

Debbie McLeod is youth collections specialist for the Johnson County (KS) library, which means she selects all youth materials for a 13-branch system. Outside of the library, she gets to manage the caretaking of one husband, three dogs, one cat, one miniature donkey, and eight horses and ponies (though she does have help in the equine department!). Thankfully, her daughters are now graduated and off on their own—one in DC as a journalist and the other in KC as an attorney (whose two dogs Debbie also occasionally manages). When not managing things, she enjoys a good glass of wine, reading, and movies. [Media]

Kaite Mediatore Stover, who writes the "She Reads..." column and blogs for Book Group Buzz, refuses to give up her day job as Director, Readers' Services at the Kansas City Public Library. When she's not reading tarot cards or gardening, she's baking too much and collecting skull art. [Media]

Andrew Medlar, from age 0, was always the first kid signed up (literally, #1—thanks, Mom!) for the summer reading program at the Dayton Metro Library, where 16 years later they started paying him to shelve books. Fast forward a little bit more and now he happily is the youth materials specialist for Chicago Public Library; enthusiastically teaches graduate courses in kid and teen lit; proudly serves on such committees as Caldecott, Sibert, and Wilder; and gratefully dusts his Librarian of the Year Award from America Reads Spanish. [Books for Youth]

Emily Melton has reviewed crime fiction for Booklist for over 20 years. From 1984-1988, she was Headquarters Librarian at ALA. She then moved to Indiana University as Associate Professor and from there to Predicasts, a producer of online databases. She returned to ALA in 1991 as Special Assistant to the ALA Executive Director. For the past twenty years, she has worked for the World Energy Council, an international NGO based in London. She retired as Chief Operating Officer of the Council in December 2016 but continues in a part-time role as Special Adviser to the Secretary General and Asia Regional Manager. [Adult Books]

Arthur S. Meyers has a BA in history from the University of Miami, an MA in history from Ball State University, an MA in English from the University of Missouri (St. Louis), and an MS in library science from Columbia University. He is the director of Russell Library in Middletown (CT) and has been a reviewer for decades. [Reference]

Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently published Samuel Johnson: The Struggle (2008), The Genius and the Goddess: Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe (2009), George Orwell: Life and Art (2010)—his fifth work on Orwell—and John Huston: Courage and Art (2011). Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. [Adult Books]

Jennifer Michaelson reviews business, reference, and general nonfiction for both Booklist and Library Journal.  Before earning her MLS, she worked in finance and accounting.  She spends her free time reading, cooking, and raising two kids and a mini labradoodle. [Adult Books]

Anna Mickelsen is a Reference Librarian at the Springfield City Library in Springfield, MA. When she isn't fiddling with spreadsheets, ordering paperbacks and graphic novels, or weeding library materials, she shares her #librarylife experiences on Twitter (@helgagrace). [Adult Books]

Tony Miksanek is a physician-writer and the author of two collections of short stories, Raining Stethoscopes and Murmurs. He serves as Co-Editor of the New York University Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database. Tony was a student-athlete at the University of Chicago where he played on both the football and wrestling teams. He enjoys running and has completed many marathons. [Adult Books]

Terrence Miltner is a science fiction fan who also enjoys tabletop gaming. He has been a reporter, editor, and manager in newspapers, books, and trade magazines. He has written about music and games, as well as done general reporting for a downstate Illinois community weekly newspaper and an alternative newsweekly in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to attending game and science fiction conventions, he also volunteers to help run them. [Adult Books]

Patricia Monaghan, professor of interdisciplinary studies at DePaul University in Chicago, is the author of more than a dozen nonfiction books, mostly on mythology, as well as four volumes of poetry. She is a part-time cheesehead, tending a small organic orchard and vineyard near Black Earth, WI, where she also runs the Black Earth Institute, a think-tank for artists who connect spirituality, the environment, and social justice in their work. [Adult Books]

Colleen Mondor is a historian and freelance journalist who specializes in Alaska aviation and history. She is the author of The Map of My Dead Pilots (2011) and has been published in various print and online publications including Men's Journal, Plane & Pilot, Narratively, and the Anchorage Daily News. She has been reviewing nonfiction for Booklist since 2005. [Adult Books]

Melissa Moore has served as public services librarian (or one of its mutations) at Union University (Jackson, TN) since 1992, where she also teaches graduate courses for wannabe school librarians. Her favorite course to teach? Young adult literature, of course. [Books for Youth]

Alan Moores has worked with Booklist for 42 years, first as a copy editor in ALA’s Central Production Unit, then as associate editor of Booklist’s Adult Books section—covering cookbooks, gardening books, science fiction, arts and crafts, mysteries, and espionage—and, now, as a longtime print and audiobook reviewer, and contributing copy editor, for the magazine. Alan also worked as a contributing editor for ALA’s Library Technology Reports, contributed reviews and interviews for ALA’s “About Books” column, and was materials coordinator for ALA’s nationwide Let’s Talk About It project. Alan lives in Denver, CO. [Adult Books, Media]

Alex Moran is a freelance editor and English composition instructor based in Southern California. He completed his doctorate in 2017. He has published articles on David Foster Wallace, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, Michael Chabon, and many other contemporary writers. He also serves on the board of the David Foster Wallace Society. He is currently writing Understanding Jennifer Egan for the University of South Carolina Press, the first book-length study of Egan’s work. Alex mostly reviews adult fiction, and he hopes to one day to be able to use his love of cricket for a review. [Adult Books]

Frances Moritz - I have a literary addiction, which I mostly relieve with fantasy and science fiction books. It's not my fault—my father was a librarian, so I grew up surrounded by books, both at home and at the research library he worked at. In addition to reading, I enjoy traveling, playing board games, karate, pampering my cats, writing a weekly blog (momsguidetothegalaxy.com), and editing my daughter's next book. [Adult Books]

Retired librarian John Mort has reviewed for Booklist since 1993. He is the author of the readers advisory guides, Christian Fiction, and Read the High Country; the novels Soldier in Paradise, The Illegal, and Goat Boy of the Ozarks; and the short story collections, Dont Mean Nothin and Down Along the Piney: Ozarks Stories. [Adult Books]

Retired Arizona branch library manager and Romance Writers of America 2001 Librarian of the Year Shelley Mosley has written five romantic comedies with Deborah Mazoyer under the pen name Deborah Shelley. Mosley has written three books with fellow Booklist reviewer John Charles, with whom she's won two Veritas awards: The Suffragists in Literature for Youth: The Fight for the Vote (2006); The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List (2007); and Romance Today: An A-to-Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance Writers (2006). Mosley, who co-authored Crash Course in Library Supervision: Meeting the Key Players, has also written more than 600 limericks; articles for Library Journal, VOYA, and Wilson Library Bulletin, and is addicted to home improvement shows. [Adult Books]

Retired reference librarian and recipient of the Illinois Library Association’s Reference Services Award, Carolyn M. Mulac has reviewed for Booklist since 1991. She is the author of Fundamentals of Reference (ALA, 2012) and contributed to the 6th, 7th and 8th editions of Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries (ALA, 1999, 2008, 2014). Since 1990 she has reviewed for Library Journal. She enjoys the performing arts and conducting tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. Every summer as a docent with Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival she presents talks on music and the festival’s history to audiences during rehearsal breaks. [Adult Books, Reference]

Jane Murphy is retired from the Westport CT library where she was both a cataloger and collection management diva, and co-moderator of The Usual Suspects mystery discussion group.  A fan of the genre since discovering Nancy Drew in grade school, she regularly attends major crime fiction conferences and is often seen roaming the mean streets of New York City and sampling its eateries with the Wolfe Pack, a literary society for devotees of Rex Stout. [Adult Books]

Frieda Murray is a career civil servant who has published fiction, nonfiction, and Booklist reviews both in collaboration and separately. She lives in Chicago with her husband of 35 years, Booklist reviewer Roland Green, and their daughter Violette. [Adult Books]

Elizabeth Nelson is a corporate librarian by day and a community college reference librarian by night (or evenings and weekends) in the Chicago suburbs. She enjoys reading, writing, and listening to audiobooks, especially during the long commute to work. [Media]

Caren Nichter - I am a librarian because I love books. I am fascinated by the marvel of minds meeting across time and space and by the humble codex, a technology that has proven itself reliable over the course of centuries. I have worked in public libraries (including children’s services, doing story times) and in academic libraries. I am an introvert who prefers long conversations with a few good friends to large, riotous parties. I like travel, walks in nature, crocheting, music, and, of course, reading (particularly nonfiction books). Currently, I am a cataloging and government documents librarian in academia. [Adult Books]

Raúl Niño is a poet and author of Breathing Light and A Book of Mornings. He catalogs books at Northwestern University Library. [Adult Books]

Abby Nolan writes for various publications about children's books and pop culture. She currently reviews nonfiction children's books for the Washington Post. [Books for Youth]

Melissa Norstedt is a former elementary and middle school educator who has always been passionate about books. She now shares her love of reading with her two young sons and the students she tutors. When not reading or writing reviews, Melissa also enjoys biking, hiking and camping with her family. [Adult Books]

Sue O’Brien is retired from the Downers Grove Public Library (IL) where she worked as Assistant Director for Support Services, Literature and Audio Services Coordinator, and as both a reference and readers’ advisory librarian. She currently volunteers at the Morton Arboretum’s Sterling Morton Library and the Arboretum’s Plant Clinic, and she relishes having more time for gardening, hiking, knitting, needlepointing, and reading. In addition to mysteries, she enjoys reading thrillers, memoirs, essays, and science and gardening books. [Adult Books]

Jack O'Gorman is a reference and instruction librarian and associate professor at the University of Dayton's Roesch Library. He chaired the editorial board of Reference Books Bulletin from 2001–2004. He has served on the RUSA Outstanding Reference Sources Committee and the Dartmouth Award Committee and is currently chair of the Dartmouth Award Commitee. He is co-editor of the third edition of Recommended Reference Books in Paperback (2000), and editor of the seventh edition of Reference Sources for Small and Medium Sized Libraries (2008), and is a contributor to the Guide to Reference. [Reference]

Anne O'Malley is the library coordinator at New Trier High School's Northfield Campus. She spends every day with over 1,000 high school freshmen, a very energizing experience with a great lens into teen culture.  When not with the ninth graders, Anne loves quiet moments reading, traveling, watching movies, and enjoying Chicago's cultural scene. [Books for Youth]

Brian Odom is a reference librarian and instructor of history at institutions outside of Birmingham, AL. He obtained master's degrees in both early American history and library science from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Roll Tide! [Adult Books, Reference]

Ray Olson is a retired Booklist editor who just can’t give up reviewing. His reviewing preferences comprehend books on religion, philosophy, literature, music, film, and science as well as poetry. No fiction, though, since he’s vowed to catch up on the classics—you know, The Brothers Karamazov, Ulysses, Remembrance of Things Past: that stuff—before cracking anything new. He writes from St. Paul, the most beautiful city in the U.S.A. [Adult Books]

Cortney Ophoff is a home educator and board member of the Friends of the Dexter (MI) District Library. With a degree in biology, she previously worked as a veterinary technician. She has a lifelong love of reading and is also drawn to photography, running, sewing, cooking, and conservation. [Books for Youth]

Wade Osburn - My library background is exclusively in the academic realm, serving for many years as a Theological Librarian in specialized theological schools, and then more recently as a library director of a liberal arts 4-year university. My specialized background mirrors my personal areas of interest, which are biblical, theological, and church-related. [Adult Books, Reference]

Maren Ostergard is the early literacy/outreach librarian for the King County (WA) Library System. She has been reviewing for Booklist since 2001 and is a past editorial board member. She primarily reviews nonfiction, primarily in the sciences. She has served on the Sibert and Odyssey Award Committee and chaired the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, in addition to serving on many other ALSC and YALSA committees. [Adult Books, Reference]

Kenneth Otani is an Electronic Input Assistant for JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, based at the AMA headquarters in Chicago. A former Booklist intern, he graduated from Central Michigan University with an MA in English Language and Literature in 2018. In addition to reading, he enjoys roleplaying games as a way of experimenting with plots and story ideas for his own writing. [Adult Books]

Maryann H. Owen has been a Youth Services Librarian for 30 years and is currently at the Oak Creek Public Library in Wisconsin.  She served on the CCBC’s Charlotte Zolotow Award committee as well as several ALA award committees including the Newbery, Odyssey and Geisel.  Maryann also writes reviews for School Library Journal. [Books for Youth]

Shaunterria Owens, a recent transplant to Miami, Florida from Southern California by way of New Jersey, has worked in school and public libraries for over 14 years. A prolific reviewer of children's books (including young adult, picture books, nonfiction, graphic novels, middle grade, early chapter books and board books), Ms. Owens previously published reviews for Booklinx, a book evaluation program whose membership consists of public librarians and school library media specialists in New Jersey. She is also an avid cross stitcher, book geek, and lover of the Oxford comma. Find her on Twitter at @shaunterria and on Goodreads under ca11i0pe. [Books for Youth]

Emily Park is from Fullerton, California and holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in School Counseling. She has reviewed adult fiction for Booklist since 2016 and is a sucker for lyrical prose. Her work experience includes public library adult services and teaching English locally and internationally, but in her free time she writes articles and stories and works on her own novel. When she’s not working with kids, reading books, or learning something new, she enjoys blogging about life at Long Live the Twenties, traveling all over the world, and attending concerts and music festivals. [Adult Books]

Blair Parsons works as a reference librarian in Austin, TX. He reads, runs, and sits on his porch with his dog. [Adult Books]

Savannah Patterson is an academic librarian at Union University, a private, four-year college.  She teaches college students how to find resources for their research assignments.  Her hobbies include quilting, cooking, and binge-watching TV shows with her husband.  Her all-time favorite hobby is reading and adding to her never ending “to read” pile of books. [Books for Youth]

Heather Paulson, a librarian at Manhattan College (NY), has been a Booklist reviewer since 2007. She received her MLIS from Long Island University and and MA in literature and philosophy from New York University.  She particularly enjoys reviewing books about New York City, debut novels, and books about the American West. Heather hails from Montana but considers Brooklyn her home. [Adult Books]

Selenia Paz has worked as a librarian in youth services since 2010. She is active in the Texas Library Association and has previously served on the Tejas Star Reading List committee and the In the Margins committee. You can find her at @seleniapaws (Twitter) and @noonvale (Instagram), where you'll find many pictures of her beautiful dogs. [Books for Youth]

Lynnanne Pearson manages the Patron Engagement department at the Skokie Public Library (IL) and loves to be on desk helping people in the library. She has presented at several library conferences on readers advisory, genres, and eBooks, among other topics. When she is not at the library, she loves reading, crocheting, baking, a good road trip, and archery. Her favorite books to review are fantasy epics with a strong female lead and any crochet book. [Adult Books]

James Pekoll has been writing at Booklist for about three years and has come to specialize in military history. He holds an MA from UW-Milwaukee in history and is a veteran of the US Army. When not getting paid to read awesome books he is lead parent for his two wonderful children and tries really hard to maintain his family’s household. James is a trustee at his local library in Forest Park, IL. He follows politics, occasionally watches football and baseball, and plays Magic: The Gathering in his spare time. [Adult Books]

John Peters grew up in Denver, Colorado, where he was a thorn in the sides of a succession of library supervisors from middle school through college. He then moved to New York, where he received a graduate degree at Columbia's School of Library Services and had absolutely nothing to do with that school's subsequent closing. After a 30-plus year career in children's work he retired in 2010 as a supervising librarian from the New York Public Library's Children's Center at 42nd Street. He has been a book reviewer for over 35 years and has chaired or served on most of ALA's children's book and other media award committees. [Books for Youth]

J. B. Petty is a retired library educator with over 25 years’ experience teaching children’s and young adult literature in school and academic libraries. She is the author of several books and articles focusing on multiethnic literature for elementary and middle schoolers. Her current interests include gardening as well as reading and reviewing both fiction and nonfiction for Booklist’s Books for Youth department. [Books for Youth]

Kristina Pino is a science teacher living in Miami, Florida. She likes Disney, traveling, embroidery, and cooking. She's also a proud plant mom and cat mom. More at @geekerydo or geekerydo.com. [Books for Youth] 

Lynette Pitrak is the Teen Services Coordinator at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library. She loves being able to work with middle school and high school students on a daily basis, and is passionate about providing teens with the resources to fuel their own creativity. When not at work, she enjoys painting, yoga, and longs walks with her two dogs. [Media]

David Pitt lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to his reviews for Booklist, he writes a monthly column about paperback fiction and nonfiction for the Winnipeg Free Press, and covers the "Reading the Screen" beat for Booklist Online's Likely Stories blog. [Adult Books, Media]

Diana Platt is a Community Engagement Librarian at the Kansas City Public Library. She provides readers advisory training for staff and patrons, leads two book clubs, and throws huge library parties. When not working, she bakes, writes, plays video games, and cares for a couple of very spoiled guinea pigs, and usually does it all with a book in the other hand. She’s been reviewing for Booklist since 2016. [Adult Books]

Alison O'Reilly Poage has been working in libraries since she was 16 years old. Formerly a youth services librarian and public library director, she is now Director of the Booher Library at Seminary of the Southwest. Alison has been an Audie Awards Judge and is proud to have served on the 2011 Odyssey Award Committee. Although she's been known to gripe about the number of stereo components in her house, Alison secretly appreciates listening to audio books on her husband's old school equipment. [Media]

Sue Polanka is the head of reference and instruction at the Wright State University Libraries. She has been a member of the Reference Books Bulletin Advisory Board for over 10 years and served as chair from 2007–2010. Sue contributes to Points of Reference for Booklist Online and also moderates No Shelf Required. [Reference]

Elizabeth Ponder, the head of collection development and information services for Palestine (TX) Public Library, began reviewing inspirational fiction for Booklist in 2010. In her professional life, she explores new options for the digital frontier, admits to sending out the occasional ridiculously long email, and almost always attempts to help solve the problem of the day. When she can piece together a block of spare time, she enjoys reading contemporary fiction, beginning never-ending knitting aspirations, and playing with her dog, Lucy. Never too far from her iPod, Elizabeth has found that shelving books proves to be therapeutic for the audiobook junkie that she is. [Adult Books]

Margaret Power is the reference services coordinator at the DePaul University Library in Chicago. [Reference]

Mary Ellen Prindiville, new to Booklist, made her career as a writer and later founding-partner in Milwaukee-based advertising agencies. She lives in picturesque Woodstock, Illinois—about 50 miles northwest of Chicago—in a Civil War-era home that she and her husband restored, with much help from their son and their Airedale Terrier, Ulysses. When she is not lost in a novel, Mary Ellen spends her time serving in a local arts organization in northern Illinois. She holds a degree in English and creative writing. [Adult Books]

Raymond Pun is the instruction/research librarian for Alder Graduate School of Education in the Bay Area, California. His subjects for adult nonfiction book reviews include the social sciences, business, technology, and the sciences. You can find him on Twitter at @raypun101 for more information! [Adult Books]

Margaret Quamme covers pop music, theatre and books for the Columbus Dispatch. She also teaches tai chi and spends as much time as possible ambling through the woods of southeastern Ohio. [Adult Books]

C. L. Quillen is the director of a small public library in NJ. She is also the co-author (with Ilene Lefkowitz) of Read on…. Romance: Reading Lists for Every Taste. She has an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Booklist romance reviewer since 2014, C. L. loves second chance romances, culinary fiction, and thrillers (bonus points when they’re combined). In her spare time, she is an aspiring romance novelist, owner of the world’s cutest Boston Terrier, and lover of otters, chocolate, travel, and cooking. [Adult Books]

Mary Ellen Quinn is the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin. Our on-call nineteenth-century English literature pundit (the reputation of Anthony Trollope knows no greater friend), she has a subspecialty in history and historical fiction. [Adult Books]

Blaire Ranucci works as a Library Media Center Director in Indian Prairie School District in Illinois. Her days are spent surrounded by Kindergarten through 5th grade students and all of their assorted reading and technology interests. [Reference]

Carrie Rasak is a network engineer and has read anything and everything she could get her hands on since childhood, especially science fiction and mysteries.  She loves to write as well and has numerous novels-in-progress.  In her spare time, she loves to explore the American west's wonderful scenery with her husband and dogs. [Adult Books]

Sharon Rawlins, a born and bred Jersey Girl, has been a Booklist reviewer since 2015. She received her MLS from Rutgers University. She chaired YALSA’s Excellence in Nonfiction Committee and served on many other YALSA and ALSC committees. She loves listening to audiobooks and has been an Audies Award judge for many years.  She received the 2019 Librarian of the Year Award by the NJ Library Association. [Books for Youth]

Jim Rettig remains an active reviewer since 2017 when he concluded his rewarding 40-year career in six university libraries, nineteen as director at the last two. Reviewing for Booklist since 1979, he wrote the Wilson Library Bulletin reference books review column for 16 years, published numerous articles on reference service, received an ALA award for Distinguished Classics of Reference Publishing, and other awards for publications and library service, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison Distinguished Alumnus award. Memorable appointed and elected ALA positions include president for 2008-09. Opportunities for wider travel and family visits enrich day to day life. [Adult Books, Reference]

Carolyn Richard lives and works in Chicago, armed with an MA in creative nonfiction from the University of Chicago. She spends her days reading, investigating, and writing mostly true accounts of what she finds. Carolyn has a variety of freelance projects going; her favorite is reviewing for Booklist. [Adult Books]

Rick Roche is a book blogger and head of the Adult Services Department at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs, IL. While his reading interests vary, he particularly enjoys science, nature, history, and biography. [Adult Books]

Hazel Rochman is the author of Against Borders: Promoting Books for a Multicultural World (1993), which has become a multicultural-literature bible for librarians. She retired as Booklist's Young Adult Books Editor in 2003, but still enjoys reading, writing, talking, and arguing about books—if only part-time. [Books for Youth]

Connie Rockman is a youth literature consultant with over 25 years of experience as a children's/YA librarian. She is a storyteller, lecturer, adjunct professor, and editor of the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Book of Junior Authors and Illustratorsfor H. W. Wilson. A former chair of ALA's Notable Children's Recordings Committee and a member of the first-ever Odyssey Award Committee, she is an avid audiobook listener when she isn't reading, gardening, or folk dancing. [Media]

Deborah V. Rollins is the head of collection services at Fogler Library, University of Maine (Orono). [Reference]

Shelle Rosenfeld, a writer, editor and longtime Booklist contributor, holds a master's in English from the University of Kansas, a master's in library and information science from Drexel University, and has worked in public library youth and adult services. She enjoys moonpies, festive vintage hats, and continues to embrace her inner Ramona Quimby. [Books for Youth]

Michelle Ross is the manager of Kanawha County Public Library’s Sissonville Branch in West Virginia. She enjoys reading cozy and not-so-cozy mysteries, Appalachian tales, literary non-fiction, and anything remotely salacious. When she’s not working or reading, she can be found listening to all of the true crime podcasts (literally all of them), watching Bravo, or hiking with her pit-tzu, Fancy. [Adult Books]

Eleanor Roth is a writer and reader based in Chicago where she works for Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She has a BA in English from Wheaton College. Reviewing for Booklist since 2018, Ellie also blogs for the Booklist Reader and can be found tweeting at @EleanorImbody. [Books for Youth] 

Jennifer Rothschild is the Collection Engagement Library for Arlington Public Library in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, three young kids, and one old dog. She's served on several YALSA award committees and was a category chair for the CYBILS. She loves reading Chinese history and contemporary romcoms and everything in between. When she's not reading (and sometimes even when she is) she's an avid knitter and TV binge-watcher. [Adult Books]

For the last 30 years, John Rowen has been a free-lance book reviewer and feature writer about books and the outdoors, mostly fishing. From his home in the Albany, New York suburbs, he authors a blog on food and travel. He likes writing for Booklist because of the camaraderie among editors and writers, and finds that the magazine's short-review format helps him write more concisely his other assignments. By day he is the vegetation manager for the New York State Department of Transportation. [Adult Books]

Freelance writer and retired professor of English and children's literature from Indiana University Northwest, Mary Harris Russell is a regular contributor to Tribune newspapers. She lives in Chicago and rides bicycles extensively in the level parts of the Midwest. [Books for Youth]

Lynn Rutan was a middle-school librarian for many years and now writes the blog Bookends, on Booklist Online, with her colleague Cindy Dobrez. She also reviews youth books for Booklist. When she is not reading, Lynn likes to travel, garden, and hike and hang out with her grandsons. [Books for Youth]

Kristin Rydholm has her BA in Elementary Education and her MS in Reading/Literacy. She has worked as a classroom teacher, school administrator and freelance writer. Currently, she works in the Library Technology Center at The Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, IL. Many of her articles have been inspired by teachers requesting picture books for a given theme. [Books for Youth]

Alizah Salario is a freelance journalist living in Chicago. Her work has appeared in The Daily Beast, The Rumpus, at the Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere. She is currently working on her first book, about working and teaching in Istanbul. [Adult Books]

Linda Sawyer works as the youth services programming coordinator for Skokie (IL) Public Library, where she once dressed as a groundhog for a program. Also, she has taught children's literature courses at Dominican University (River Forest, IL). When she isn't running around with her children she can be found at home whipping up a new recipe and reading or listening to children's books. Her proudest "mom" moment is that both her children love books and think it is cool that "Mom" is a librarian. [Media]

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, June Sawyers has written or edited more than 25 books, including the forthcoming co-edited volume Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen (Rutgers University Press, 2019). In addition, her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Common Review, Sing Out!, Scottish Tradition, Verbatim, New City, and Third Coast Review. She is the founder of the arts group, Phantom Collective, which presents theatrical readings and music programs around town. She teaches at the Newberry Library. [Adult Books]

Linda Loos Scarth is a retired academic reference librarian, photographer, writer, and former college teacher. She has a special interest in environmental, health, psychology, and photography reference materials. She (along with her husband) published Deep Nature: Photographs from Iowa (2009) and blog about nature and photography on their website. [Reference]

Jim Scholtz is the library director of the Yankton (SD) Community Library and has been reviewing nonfiction videos and DVDs for Booklist since 1985. Additionally, he writes books about videos and libraries and library technology. His hobbies include singing loud and high as a barbershop tenor, making pottery, and playing tennis (although his knees and other body parts are giving out). [Media]

Regina Schroeder is a former printer and paper-maker currently working on book design and bookbinding. In her leisure time, she dabbles in ice hockey. She reads as much as possible, which isn’t enough, mostly science fiction and fantasy, with occasional forays into history, art, and design—especially if it's about books, book arts, or print culture. [Adult Books]

Whitney Scott, awarded the 2009–2010 Writer-in-Residence Grant from the Bensenville (IL) Community Public Library, wears many hats in Chicago's publishing scene. A member of the Society of Midland Authors, Scott teaches writing at Chicago's Columbia College and is an author as well as editor and publisher (Outrider Press) of the acclaimed Black-and-White anthology series produced in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild; its fifteenth anniversary title is Seasons of Change (2010). [Adult Books, Media]

Kathy Sexton has worked with books for all her adult life, both as an independent bookseller and librarian. Currently, she is a Collection Management Librarian at the Oak Park Public Library and loves to chat about books, movies, TV, and music. She reviews memoirs, true crime, and a bit of fiction. [Adult Books]

Diana Donner Shonrock is a science and technology librarian/human sciences bibliographer at Parks Library, Iowa State University (Ames). She is also the coordinator of the Iowa Community Cookbook Collection at Iowa State and collects historical cookbooks of her own. She lives with her husband, Bill, and her daughter's cat, Tripp, and is contemplating retirement this summer so she can do some consulting. She is an active member of ALA and has served as president of RUSA and edited an ALA book on evaluating library instruction. [Reference]

David Siegfried is an independent entrepreneur, photographer, and musician. His forays into the business world have included desktop publishing, computer assembly and repair, equities and options trading, candy vending, and video production. He currently runs an online retail store as an eBay PowerSeller. A singer and bandleader, he performs occasionally either with his group David and the Happenings or with his brother, the notorious James Chance. David is married to Booklist associate editor Donna Seaman. [Adult Books]

Florence Simmons has loved reading ever since she was a little girl. Now, as a journalist and writer in South Florida, Florence remains an avid book reader. She married a fellow bibliophile in a book-themed wedding, and she is always the go-to gal for book recommendations among her friends and family. Which is perfect, because she loves talking about books. Florence is a proud Hufflepuff, and, yes, her patronus is indeed a bookworm. [Books for Youth]

Esther Sinofsky, PhD, is director, instructional media services/library services for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She's written books and articles about copyright and presented on topics such as "Read-Alouds for Teens." She has reviewed for VOYA and still reviews for Library Media Connections and her unit's book evaluation program. Now on a year-round schedule, she misses those long summer vacations. [Reference]

Cassandra Smith is a xenophile and embracer of all diversities; her favorite genres are LGBT and African American. Her first paid job at 12 years old, was shelving books in a local public library, where she read more than worked.  A freelance and award-winning poetess, also loves animals - especially cats, healthy pescatarian cooking, tai chi, listening to her 70’s “hippie” music playlists, watching Star Wars, Xena, Wentworth and Grey’s Anatomy ad nauseum, embroidery crafts and hiking around Colorado. [Adult Books]

Mary Ellen Snodgrass is an award-winning freelance author of textbooks and reference works ranging in topic from ballet and food history to epidemics and coins and currency.  Her subjects reflect a deep interest in women’s history and accomplishments.  She taught English and Latin in the Hickory, North Carolina, public schools and at Lenoir Rhyne University for 23 years.  In addition to writing and teaching, she’s a foster mother and dog and cat rescuer. [Adult Books, Reference]

Katrina Spencer is the Literatures and Cultures Librarian at Middlebury College. As part of the research and instruction team, she serves seven campus groups including the multicultural student center, the Language Schools and the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Program. Her passions lie in programming, engagement and outreach, particularly to underrepresented student populations. She maintains a weekly book review column called “The Librarian Is In,” contributes reviews to Resources for Gender and Women’s Studies and has written for both McSweeney’s and American Greetings. Find out more at katleespe.com. [Graphic Novels]

Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisory Specialist in Northern, IL. She trains library workers all over the world on how to help leisure readers in the public library. Becky runs the popular and critically acclaimed RA training site RA for All and its evil twin, RA for All: Horror. Becky is the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2nd edition [ALA Editions, 2012], is currently at work on the 3rd Edition, and is the Secretary of the Horror Writers Association which means she is also creepy for a living. [Adult Books]

Karen Springen teaches reporting and writing to undergraduate and graduate students at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), where she also directs the Journalism Residency program and chairs the Faculty Senate's student affairs committee. She also writes for many publications, most often about health issues and about the publishing industry. Previously, she spent 24 years at Newsweek. [Adult Books]

Janet St. John is a long-time Booklist reviewer (1993-2000; 2003-present). A poet and fiction writer, her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines. Her poetry chapbook Moving Pictures was published by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and she holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College. She has taught poetry and fiction writing classes for adults and teens, and is a well-established freelance writer and editor, primarily working in educational publishing. [Adult Books]

Kathleen Stipek is a reference librarian at the Alachua County Library District (Gainesville, FL). Her reading interests include historical whodunits, food and culinary history, Latin American history, skepticism, and paranormal phenomena. Outside her reading life, she's a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays and Mythbusters. [Reference]

Stephen Stratton is the head of collections and technical services at California State University (Channel Islands). No, he does not swim, kayak, or boat to work—however, he can be found in deep water from time to time. In addition to reviewing a variety of reference sources for Booklist, he also writes, reads, and travels when he can. [Reference]

Leah Strauss is an editor and amateur urban gardener who lives and works in Chicago. She has enjoyed contributing to Booklist as a freelance reviewer since 2006, focusing primarily on fiction and short story collections. [Adult Books]

Reinhardt Suarez is an editor, writer, and educator originally from Chicago and currently residing in the hinterlands of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has an MFA in Fiction from the New School in New York City and uses this hard-won wisdom on several pursuits of a lawful evil nature. The original host of the Tuesday Funk Reading Series in Chicago, he has gone onward to be a teaching-artist at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis specializing in video games, young adult literature, and YA books about video games. He lives with his wife, Kristin, their daughter, Morrigan, and their feline overlord, Karl. [Books for Youth]

Mahjabeen Syed is an essayist, blogger, and storyteller currently pursuing her MLIS to become a young adult librarian. Her work has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Teen Vogue, Newcity, and elsewhere. Previously, she was the managing editor of a women’s magazine and an arts and literature contributor for Newcity. She loves to laugh, talk books, and amaze you with her ability to drink hot tea year-round. Find her on Twitter at @WMagicS and mahjabeensyed.com. [Books for Youth]

Penny Sympson is corporate librarian at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., a forensic engineering firm, and is very active in the Engineering Division of the Special Libraries Association. She previously was a reference librarian at the Des Plaines Public Library and the Morton Grove Public Library where she created bibliographies on pets and on true crime. [Reference]

Magan Szwarek is the Reference Services Director of the Schaumburg Township District Library (IL). A lover of audiobooks and a dedicated readers' advisor, Magan serves on ALA's Readers' Advisory Research & Trends Committee and is enthusiastic about re-imaging what public libraries can offer the communities they serve. [Adult Books]

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Reviewers T–Z

Maggie Taft is founding director of the Haddon Avenue Writing Institute, a community-based writing center in Chicago, and teaches writing and theory in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. She is coeditor of Art in Chicago: From the Fire to Now (University of Chicago Press, 2018), the first single volume history of art in Chicago from the nineteenth century through the present day. Her book, The Chieftain and the Chair: Danish Design in Postwar America is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. [Adult Books]

Kaye Talley has been a librarian at the University of Central Arkansas for 35 years, where she has worked in almost all of the departments at one time or another. She was serials librarian for 25 of those years and coordinator of technical services for 23 years. She is currently the assistant director of Torreyson Library. Kaye has reviewed for Reference Books Bulletin since 2003. [Reference]

Sarah Tansley is the Branch Manager of the Roden Branch of the Chicago Public Library.  In addition to reviewing for Booklist, Sarah also serves on the RUSA CODES Cookbook Committee, so she spends most of her free time in the kitchen.  When she takes her apron off, you can find her gardening, bowling and catching up on all things mystery. [Adult Books]

Gilbert Taylor has written thousands of reviews for Booklist since 1989. He predominantly covers new books about history, current events, and science, and occasionally reviews art, literature, sports, and fiction titles. [Adult Books]

Suzanne Temple is a juvenile materials cataloger for NoveList. She loves reading horror books, knitting, and spending time with her three young children. [Media]

Bridget Thoreson is a journalist who works with newsrooms on deepening their relationships with their audiences. She lives in Wisconsin and has two children, who are already avid readers themselves. [Adult Books]

Matthew Tiffany is a clinical mental health therapist and freelance writer. He lives in Maine and posts occasionally to Condalmo. [Adult Books]

Enobong Tommelleo is a digital marketer and content creator. She is a former professional dancer and a lifelong reader who began writing reviews for Booklist during her time as an editorial intern. As a Brit living in Chicago, she spends her spare time learning American English and posting reviews and recommendations on her Bookstagram page @enobooks. [Adult Books]

Lindsey Tomsu is the Teen/Young Adult Librarian at the Algonquin Area Public Library. She is a 2013 recipient of the Library Journal Mover & Shaker award and a 2018 recipient of the I Love My Librarian award, both of which she was nominated by her teens. She is also a cultural historian who writes and presents on the cultural importance of youth series books. Her series book archive just topped 14,000 volumes. Her favorite series book character is Mildred Wirt's Penny Parker. Beside teens and series books, she also loves Monster High, all things Archie, Batman comics, and cozy mysteries. [Books for Youth]

Michael Tosko is the information literacy coordinator and history librarian at the University of Akron (OH). He spends his days spreading the good word of information literacy, helping history students locate elusive primary resources, and explaining to people why the University's sports teams are called "The Zips" (it was the name of a popular overshoe made by Akron's B. F. Goodrich Co. in the 1920s). [Reference]

Christine Tran worked as a public policy researcher, a public library associate, and an information literacy instruction librarian before she began reviewing crime fiction for Booklist in 2012. She holds an MA in Political Science/International Relations and an MLIS, which have basically set her up for an obsession with global crime fiction. Christine boasts a renowned set of jazz hands that she trots out regularly while handling awkward parenting moments, teaching social studies, and facilitating book groups. [Adult Books]

Proudly wearing the label of book addict, Julie Trevelyan reads like some people breathe. Now a freelance writer and Utah wilderness guide, she's also been a book editor. A fan of books in any format, she holds both her print-book library and e-reader library in high regard. She is most interested in books about the Southwest, paranormal romance for adults and teens, and general fiction. You can find her at wildgirlwriting.com and @julietrevelyan. [Adult Books]

Mike Tribby has reviewed for Booklist since 1992. He is employed as a cataloger and specializes in materials concerning the dark side and margins of popular culture and music. [Adult Books, Media]

Annie Tully attended the University of Illinois and the University of Washington. In addition to reviewing fiction and memoirs for Booklist, she has written for the Chicago Sun-Times and Bookslut, and produces public programming in the arts in Chicago. [Adult Books]

Stephanie Turza is a Chicago transplant living in St. Louis with her English bulldog, Hank. Stephanie honed her editorial skills at Dalkey Archive Press, W. W. Norton & Company, Common Ground Publishing, the University of Illinois Press, and Elsevier. She currently works in corporate communications, and she's constantly searching for more bookshelf space. [Adult Books]

Dave Tyckoson is a reference librarian. He has published and presented extensively about reference service, reference collections, and the reference interview. He was President of the RUSA in 2007-2008 and received its highest achievement award (the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award) in 2005. Dave co-edited a book on reference service with John Dove, Reimagining Reference in the 21st Century, and is working on a book on the reference interview to be published by ALA. Dave firmly believes that libraries are primarily about people and that libraries and collections should be designed to meet the needs of the local user community. [Adult Books, Reference]

Katharine Uhrich manages the social media for the Field Museum. She’s passionate about storytelling and creating a social landscape that is inclusive, engaging, and educational. When she’s not learning about life during the Cretaceous, she might be rock climbing, playing pinball, drinking a beer, or liking cat videos on Instagram. [Adult Books]

Crystal Vela is a librarian who currently works as a library consultant for 99 libraries throughout the Chicago-land suburbs. When she’s not helping libraries or reading, you will find her singing and having dance parties with her 4-year-old daughter. [Adult Books]

Henrietta Verma is a reference librarian who has worked in academic and public libraries, then was an editor at Library Journal and School Library Journal, and now helps customers of Credo Reference develop their information literacy programs. She is the author of Reviews are In, a book about how and why to write reviews and other collection development and readers advisory advice for your fellow librarians. Etta, who is from Ireland, is the mom of two avid readers. [Adult Books]

Don Vicha is a retired association web specialist, who worked 20 years at ALA. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, where they do childcare for their older son and eldercare for his mother. Otherwise they are on the wonderful bike paths of Ohio or traveling to Pensacola to visit their other son. An avid game player, you can find him at Guardtower East in Reynoldsburg on Wednesday evenings, playing X-Wing. Writing SF & Fantasy reviews for Booklist for the past three years is a dream come true. [Adult Books]

Shoba Viswanathan is a New York based writer and reviewer with a life-long fascination with words,meanings and motives, an abiding faith in  the transformative power of literature, and an endless gratitude for public libraries. She finds that  migrant narratives and themes of intersections, home, identity, displacement and belonging resonate with her in particular, perhaps given her own experiences of having made her home in multiple cities in two continents. While trying to be ever alert to the dangers of a cliched review, she enjoys the challenge of capturing the best elements of a read in a compact Booklist review. [Adult Books]

Rebecca Vnuk is the Executive Director of LibraryReads and was previously Booklist's editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach. Rebecca is the author of three reference books on the topic of Women’s Fiction, as well as a best-selling book on weeding library collections. She still loves chick lit, but she also likes to read about serial killers and zombies (after all, it’s not all about the shoes!). If she’s not tucked away filling her head with terrifying tales or women’s weepers, she’s probably running after her tween sons, both of whom still love to read as much as she does (yay!). [Adult Books]

Eva Volin is the supervising children's librarian for the Alameda (CA) Free Library. She's talked about books and comic books with the Michael L. Printz committee, the Sibert committee, the Eisner committee, and she'll talk about books with you, too, if you sit still long enough. [Books for Youth, Graphic Novels]

Leah Rachel von Essen is an editor, writer, and book reviewer, whose specialties include books in translation, genre-bending and surrealist fiction, and feminist speculative fiction. In addition to her work as Senior Contributor at Book Riot and book reviewer for Booklist, Leah works full-time as Editor-in-Chief of Chicago Booth Magazine at the University of Chicago. She also runs blog While Reading and Walking, sharing her book recommendations and thoughts on mental health, local bookstores and events, and travel. She lives on the South Side of Chicago with her cat, Ms Nellie Bly. Look for her on Twitter at @reading_while and on Instagram at @whilereadingandwalking. 

Erin Renee Wahl has MA's in writing and information resources and library science. Her own writing in many genres can be found via a cunning Google search. You can follow her reading life on Goodreads. She is the instruction coordinator at New Mexico State University Library. [Adult Books]

Aleksandra Walker is a freelance writer and editor, former public relations specialist and Northwestern graduate. She has reviewed "chick lit" and other contemporary fiction for Booklist for more than six years. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their high-spirited toddler son. [Adult Books]

Cheryl Karp Ward, a library media specialist, has retired twice: once from public education as a school librarian; once from the corporate world as a teen specialist for collection development. Active in YALSA, she is a freelance teen consultant, serves on her town's library board, leads parent/child book discussion groups, and tutors in a middle school. When not traveling, pursuing the arts, running, cooking, or attending her son and daughter-in-laws coaching events, she dotes shamefully on her granddaughter or ventures to Montreal to gorge on poutine with her daughter. [Media, Reference]

Martha Waters is a youth services librarian and the author of the forthcoming historical rom-com To Have and to Hoax (Atria, spring 2020). She loves traveling, tennis, and all things English, and can be found on Twitter at @marthabwaters. [Adult Books]

Sarah Barbara Watstein is a university librarian at the University of North Carolina (Wilmington). [Reference]

LynnDee Wathen is a branch manager with Mid-Continent Public Library, a library system that serves three counties in the Kansas City, Missouri metro area. She originally got involved with Booklist while completing her MLIS through Kent State University. Her favorite titles have been historical fiction, non-fiction, and young adult. She is a strong advocate for letting people read what they want to read with no shame. She is also a recent convert to audiobooks. When LynnDeeisn’t reviewing books or being a book jockey, she enjoys cross stitching and trivia. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @thelibrarylush. [Adult Books]

Kay Weisman, a former K-5 school librarian and public youth services librarian, has served on numerous ALA/ALSC committees including Newbery and Batchelder. She now reviews books for youth, contributes to Book Links, and freelances for NoveList. Most days she can be found reading, writing, and generally enjoying life in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. [Books for Youth]

Dr. Cindy Welch has been a faculty member at the University of Tennessee since 2008, and also oversees the School Library Program. She was a YA librarian for 10 years before that, currently teaches children’s literature and storytelling (among other things), and every year travels all over Tennessee doing day-long workshops on children’s and YA literature as well as censorship, and collection building. Her gig with Booklist (since 2002) is one of her favorite things, along with her cat Casey, old movies, and TV shows like the Big Bang Theory and Psych. You can reach her at cwelch11@utk.edu. [Books for Youth]

Lynne Welch is an Ohio reference and readers'-advisory librarian, named 2004 Librarian of the Year by the Romance Writers of America. She reviews popular fiction, including historicals, inspirationals, and romances, for Booklist. [Adult Books]

Ann Welton was a school librarian for 30 years, teaching preschool through fifth grade. She has also worked as a reading specialist, grades K-5, and is currently a middle school history and design instructor. In addition, she has had an active reviewing career, writing for Booklist (Reference Books Bulletin), School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates, and Criticas. A lifelong reader, Ms. Welton is particularly interested in works dealing with the social sciences, theology, history, gardening, and architecture. Murder mysteries are good, too. In her spare time, Ms. Welton really likes to organize things and works part time as a records specialist in a law office. [Adult Books, Reference]

Patty Wetli will read just about anything except user's manuals. She has an MA in English and a certificate in creative writing, with a specialty in nonfiction. A Chicago-based freelancer, her essays have appeared in Brevity and Front Porch Journal. [Adult Books]

Mary Whaley, Chicago resident and entrepreneur, has reviewed business books for Booklist since 1995. With an MBA from Northwestern University and experience as a consultant, commercial banker and teacher, as a freelance writer she enjoys many opportunities to learn about new ideas in management and economics. [Adult Books]  

Lucinda Whitehurst is the Lower School Learning Commons Coordinator and Librarian at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, VA, and teaches Children's Literature for the University of Virginia. She has served on the Newbery, Caldecott, and various other ALSC/ALA committees. By gradually filling up her dining room with books, she is working to convince her family and friends that words should be savored, and meals should be eaten in restaurants. [Books for Youth]

Emily Whitmore, originally from Idaho, has worked in public libraries since she was 17. As a proud holder of a library card since the age of 6, she makes sure that the first thing she does in a new place is get her next card. She currently lives in Chicago and works at Mount Prospect Public Library as the Assistant Head in Circulation Services.  She loves giving the right book to the right person, chatting about books to anyone, and coming into work every day. Outside of the Library, she enjoys spending time with her wife and dog, Friday. [Adult Books]

Christine Whittington is director of James Addison Jones Library at Greensboro College (NC). Before becoming a library director, she was a reference librarian for 20 years. She has chaired the Reference Book Bulletin Editorial Board, the Dartmouth Medal Committee, and several award committees. Her own book with young adult writer Kathlyn Gay,Body Marks: Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification (2002), was named a 2003 Nonfiction Honor Book by VOYA. [Reference]

Harrison Wick started reviewing books in 2015. He is the Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and he works at the Library Reference Desk in the IUP Libraries. Harrison has been a professional archivist and librarian for 13 years, and earned his MA in History and MLS from Indiana University in Bloomington, (IN). [Reference]

Snow Wildsmith is a writer, former librarian, and avid reader who has been reviewing books for kids and teens for over 10 years. She has served on several YALSA award committees, including Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and Printz. In her spare time she plays with her dogs, annoys her husband, and collects craft supplies, none of which seem to ever make it into an actual project. [Graphic Novels]

Lesley Williams spent 30 years as a reference and reader's services librarian in the Chicago suburbs. Since retiring, she now works as a tutor for teens with autism and learning disabilities, consults with public libraries on racial equity and inclusion, writes for a magazine on African American women in business, and co-chairs the board of a community fair housing agency. Lesley's reading interests include Muslim and Palestinian history and fiction, African diaspora fiction, afro-futurism, French and Russian 19th century literature, and anything remotely connected to the Tudors or Jane Austen. [Adult Books]

Nicole Williams received her MLIS from Rutgers University. Her career in librarianship includes more than a decade of service in public and academic institutions in the United Arab Emirates and United States. She is both the Open Resources Librarian at Bronx Community College and a student at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. In addition to enthusiastically consuming popular culture in its many forms, when not wearing her professor or student hats she can be found traveling, trying new restaurants, knitting, sewing, and making people laugh. [Adult Books]

AV reviewer Brian Wilson works as a full-time children's librarian at the Evanston Public Library where, during storytime, he astounds the crowds with his jaw-dropping ability to imitate seals, kitties, disgruntled cows, and ducklings. In his spare time, he listens to loud rock music, writes plays about very silly things, studies the films of Fellini and Will Ferrell, and repeatedly reminds people that, no, he's not that Brian Wilson. [Media]

Deidre Winterhalter is a Children's Librarian at the Oak Park Public Library, outside of Chicago, Illinois. She loves libraries and dogs equally. [Adult Books]

Neal Wyatt is a readers' advisory and collection development librarian from Virginia and author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (2007). She founded RUSA's Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration, a juried list highlighting the year's top audiobooks. She listens to audiobooks for the pure pleasure of having a story told to her. [Media]

Michelle Young is the branch manager of the Waimea Public Library (Hawaii). She has served on several ALA book award committees, including most recently the 2019 RUSA Notable Books Council and the 2018 ALSC Caldecott Award Committee. Matching people—especially kids!—with books they enjoy always makes her day. [Books for Youth]

Terrell Young is professor of children’s literature at Brigham Young University. He has published numerous articles and has coauthored or coedited several books including Deepening Students’ Mathematical Understanding with Children’s Literature (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2018) and the 7th edition of Children’s Literature, Briefly (Pearson, 2020). Terry currently serves as the president of the United States Board on Books for Young People. He has served on numerous book award selection committees including the 2019 John Newbery Committee. [Books for Youth]

Steve York is a longtime professional choral singer who has been reviewing music reference works since 2005. He earned a bachelor's of music from the University of Nebraska, and an MLS with specialization in music librarianship at Indiana University. Steve is the cataloging librarian at Christopher Newport University. [Reference].

Shauna Yusko is a librarian at Evergreen Junior High in Redmond, WA. [Reference]

Philip Zozzaro lives with his family in in Mastic, NY, and works as a Junior Underwriter for Lancer Insurance Company. He enjoys reading across many genres ... Mystery, History, Historical Fiction, True Crime and Biographies. He also reviews for the San Francisco Book Review, and believes each new book is a new world waiting to be explored and shared. [Adult Books]

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