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 Young Adult books, especially fantasy and is also fond of quirky, 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.

Marisela Santiago brings her enthusiasm to the Children’s Room and can recommend great nonfiction books. She loves to visit schools and develop partnerships. Marisela enjoys a wide variety of fiction, rereading the classics and discovering new gems.

Monica Odom is the social media and online promotion guru for the bookstore, and also helps manage store events.
Monica loves the challenge of hunting down a book in-store ("There was this book mentioned in the Times...?").
She can help you find your next contemporary or literary fiction read, and has a pocket full of backlist gems to recommend.
She knows pop culture, manages the new nonfiction section, and can find the right gift or read for twentysomethings. 


Emma Nathan is the resident scifi/fantasy and YA specialist.
You'll most often find her hovering around the YA section or coaching the junior staff.
Need a recomendation? 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.

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.