Christin Evans and Praveen Madan
Christin Evans, literary entrepreneur, runs two Bay Area bookstores. In 2007, she and her husband, Praveen Madan, purchased The Booksmith in San Francisco’s historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. In 2008 with Melissa Mytinger, they helped launch Berkeley Arts & Letters, now the East Bay’s most successful author event series. Christin also currently acts as the head of inventory management at Kepler's Books, Silicon Valley’s landmark bookstore established by pacifist Roy Kepler in 1955, a store which she and Praveen assumed stewardship over in 2012. Together they revamped Kepler's as a hybrid business with an affiliated non-profit events program. Having made it her work to re-imagine the role independent bookstores play in their communities and how best they can be sustainable cultural institutions, she's active in neighborhood associations and she welcomes conversations! Christin worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney; she holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Contact Christin.
Amy is a curly-haired human female and scotch enthusiast who is only listed first because her name starts with A. She produces and emcees #ShipwreckSF with Casey Childers. You can find her writing on Hoodline, the Establishment, and in Loose Lips (Grand Central, 2016). If you have Shipwreck questions, you can email her at amy [at] booksmith [dot] com. Find her on your platform of choice as @losertakesall.
Camden reads an awful lot. His tastes are spastic but not unpredictable. He finds gin an ideal accompaniment to any emergency and can cook a soufflẻ but always, always burns the toast. He is also Booksmith's lead buyer.
Chris is a child of the American West. His poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Beecher's Magazine, Word Riot, and decomP. His interests include frontage roads, salt lakes, and waiting for something to happen.
Coley Gold is *goth-west 'til death*. Her lifeblood consists of cowboys, erotica, surrealism and poetry. She has always fantasized about being one of the smart people interviewed in a documentary, she finds the sound of shattering glass to be peaceful, and she cries whenever she sees a Vermeer. An ex-New Yorker, she continues to make still and moving images in her subterranean ballroom filled with cats in the Upper Haight.
Colter is currently pursuing his MFA in Fiction at the University of San Francisco after having moved from the no-man’s-land that is Arizona. His short fiction has appeared in Persona Magazine and Danse Macabre. He is working on his first novel.
An ex- and future hermit from Savannah, Georgia, Evan's responsible for Litseen and Quiet Lightning, writes columns for the San Francisco Chronicle and SF/Arts, and helps run front of house at SOMArts Cultural Center. Powered by tacos, coffee, and flowers, he's usually enthusiastic or falling asleep (but sometimes both). Loves biking, especially without destination, and combines words and sounds with his brother Miles as Turk & Divis.
Jes was born on a farm and raised to be an animal. She moved to the big city to pursue a career as a "starving artist", which is going well. She is often caught drawing genitalia and the many things you can do with genitalia, but also freelances children's books! Her anachronistic interests inspire her never ending obsession to thrift and her love of the classics (books, music, movies). Naturally a sweet Scorpio, but watch out this kitty's got claws.
Lauren is the children’s books buyer for Booksmith. Her interests include vintage handkerchiefs, maple flavoring, and messing with Texas, where she’s from. She was a sculpture major in college and once built a working glow cloud, proving that there are no useless degrees.
Megan Kurashige is a dancer and a writer. She and her sister co-direct a dance company called Sharp & Fine in San Francisco. She also dances for Liss Fain Dance. Her short fiction has appeared in Unnatural Creatures, an anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headley, and various magazines. Sometimes, she works at the Booksmith.
Writer. Reader. Badass Baker. Na'amen is a geek about a lot of things: comics, historical revolutions, science-fiction/fantasy, cartoons, period films and more! He's been on panels speaking about these things as they relate to/represent women, people of color, queer folks and other overlooked groups. His poetry has appeared in Faggot Dinosaur, StoneTelling, So Speak Up and The Dead Animal Handbook; his fiction has been published by Collective Fallout and Full of Crow and his essays/reviews have stirred up io9, The Angry Black Woman, The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 2: Provocative Essays on Feminism, Race, Revolution and the Future, Fantasy Magazine and the Hugo nominated Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It.
Sarah hails from smalltown Georgia and has called San Francisco home since 2009. Lover of books, music, astronomy, true crime, live theatre, and hearing about that funny thing your cat does. Would always rather be camping.
Telecommuting guru of store reorders and special projects. Lover of literary fiction, sociological reportage, music journalism, and nature writing. A fool for a good cookbook, always ready for a new challenge in the kitchen. An unrepentant music junkie, known to lose himself in record shops for hours on end. A runner, an amateur photographer, a tireless traveler, and-- most importantly-- the proud Daddy of the sweetest, most charming dog in the entire world.