About Us



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. In 2012, Christin assumed leadership of store operations for Kepler’s Books, the Silicon Valley’s landmark bookstore established by pacifist Roy Kepler in 1955, now 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. She is Booksmith's social event coordinatrix, as well as its game show hostpervert emeritus, and nail polish aficionado. You can find her blogging about the Haight, or tweeting & tumbling for Booksmith. She is only listed first because her name starts with A. 






Briana harbors wanderlust in her heart and a book in her purse. Having recently graduated with her MA in Organizational Psychology, she prefers to do her shelving shifts in the Psychology and Business sections of the Booksmith. That being said, when it comes to literature, she considers herself an equal opportunist. 





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 souffl but always, always burns the toast. He is also Booksmith's lead buyer.





Carolyn is a poet and artist living in San Francisco, finishing her MFA in poetry at SFSU. She is a Kundiman fellow, recipient of the William Dickey Fellowship, the SF Foundation's Phelan Award, the Anne Fields Poetry Award and the Kathryn A. Manoogian Scholarship, among others. She folds cranes obsessively as a performative act with no desire to develop the art further. The crane as a symbol is irrelevant and arbitrary. She believes the over 20,000 cranes she’s made over a four-year period are merely a byproduct of coping with, among other concerns, the disenchantment of earning a fine arts degree during a tech boom.  SF Weekly recently mentioned her as one of fourteen, "Best Writers Without a Book (in) San Francisco - 2014," Carolyn is both elated and saddened by the announcement.






Colin Winnette writes books when he's not selling them. Here are some facts about him: He still clicks "refresh" to check for emails. He can't wear hats because they don't fit. His favorite Mission taqueria is either La Palma or Vallarta. 





Deborah Kenmore lives San Francisco and wears many hats around the Booksmith. She owns a lot of books and not a single bookcase. 








Kiara is a writer, a teacher, and a bookseller, which doesn't leave much time for anything else. 





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.




Melissa organizes Booksmith's events with authors and other speakers, in the store and at other venues around town, and produces our Berkeley Arts & Letters series, sends you our newsletters, and maintains our website. She's also programming manager for the Bay Area Book Festival (June 2015 debut!), reads literary fiction, appreciates children's picture books (and their creators), and prefers Scottish breakfast tea with any book.




Writer. Reader. Badass Baker. Naamen is a big ole geek about a lot of things: comics, historical revolutions, science-fiction/fantasy, cartoons, period films and more! He's been on panels at conferences all over speaking about these things as they relate to/represent women, people of color, queer folks and other often 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 hornets nests for io9, The Angry Black Woman, The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 2: Provocative Essays on Feminism, Race, Revolution and the Future, Fantasy Magazine and most recently the Hugo nominated Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It.





Nate Waggoner is a co-founder and contributing editor at the-tusk.com. He competes regularly at Write Club SF. Recently, SF Weekly called him one of the best writers in the area without a published book. He lives in Oakland.






Sean Chiki is a longtime employee of the Booksmith. His tasks include handling online orders, shipping and buying comics and graphic novels. He also creates signage for the store and constructs props for the window displays.






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.




Whitney Ochoa is living the life. As the newest events coordinator at The Booksmith, she can be found running around, moving shelves, pouring wine, talking to folks, and organizing things. Though Whitney is a native Californian, she has lived all over from Nashville to Boston, Santa Fe to Boulder, and most recently Melbourne Australia, where she completed her MA in Writing and Publishing. When not working, she writes and reads.