Staff Picks

Nicole Ban has a photographic memory.  She remembers every title, every review, every author.  Ask her!  Nicole is in charge of all things technical. She loves off-the-beaten-path fiction and mysteries.  Nicole also curates our Cookbook section.

Carolyn Anbar is the Children’s Room manager and buyer. (And also buys the beautiful art books and gifts).  She believes strongly in the power of visual merchandising and loves to create fun and inspiring displays. Never without a book (or three), Carolyn reads mostly contemporary fiction. Her philosphy? Be kind, listen to music, and laugh.


Asia Jannah is the reader who specializes in a little bit of everything!
Though she prefers fiction and short stories, she is able to make recommendations in just about any genre.
She handles running the store's social media accounts.
She's really good with keeping up with reviews and new books, so if you're looking for something current, ask her!  



Emma Nathan is the resident scifi/fantasy, YA and graphic novel specialist.
You'll most often find her hovering around the YA section or coaching the junior staff.
Need a recommendation? Ask Emma! She reads almost entirely scifi and fastasy of every kind,
from Middle Earth to Gallifrey to Hogwarts (FYI She's a Ravenclaw), so she's sure to find something you'll like.


Marni will read just about anything; fiction, non-fiction, memoir. She loves engaging with costumers, listening to their stories, giving and getting recommendations. Marni is a strong believer in the power of reading to transform our lives.

Katie Katie grew up in Montclair and first started working at the bookstore in her senior year of high school at MHS. She left for college, but came back in 2020!
An avid reader of mostly fiction, however she also enjoys the occassional memoir or thought provoking self-help book. In 2021, she read 103 books!
She is our in-house romance expert who loves a cheesey, spicy, and fun read (even if it's a little predictable).

Kathryn manages our events and social media. She primarily reads fiction, but also loves deep dives into film and music history and self-reflection. She came up through the publishing world, but now loves being on the bookselling side. Fun fact: She grew up in Santa Claus, Indiana!


Margot Sage-EL has been happily selling books and meeting new readers since 1996.  She came up through the ranks of educational development publishing and created Great Owl Books in 1993, a mail order children’s book catalog. She handles author events and public relations, and serves as our resident yenta. She is a voracious reader of new fiction and dark memoirs.