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 who prefers whiskey and is only listed first because her name starts with A. She is the host of Bookswap and Word/Play. She emcees ShipwreckSF, a literary erotic fanfiction competition produced with the help of Write Club SF. She's also Booksmith's social media maven, and a writer for Hoodline/Upper Haight. She tweets at @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.








Carolyn is a poet and artist. 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.




Dylan will someday obtain a teaching credential and continue a love for reading by spreading the word to San Francisco's elementary school students. When not working he can be found hiking somewhere in the Sierras with a book lashed to his pack.











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










Laura is a writer, an explorer, a nature lover, a NPR geek and loves waking up every morning in the vibrant city of San Fransisco with a cup of coffee. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in fiction at the University of San Francisco.








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 manages 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. 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.




When not reading and recommending books, Rebecca spends her time writing and serving as editor-in-chief of the literary magazine MidnightBreakfast. She's also a lover of cinema, a copious drinker of tea, and a Scrabble hustler. Originally from Chicago, Rebecca now maintains a healthy relationship with the fog.









Sarah Griffin is from Dublin, Ireland. She reads and writes lots of different things. She has a cat, and a husband, and lives in the Mission. 









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.










David Mitchell talks with Adam Johnson

September 24, 2014

The Booksmith at Sundance Kabuki