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. 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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANAH
 
Anah is a visual artist, stand-up comedian, taxidermist/bug pinner, tattoo addict, and long-time bookslinger. She enjoys all things dark and weird, and tends to read a lot of true crime and abnormal psychology books. She has a heart of gold, and the attention span of a goldfish. She probably is not aware of what day it is.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

CAMDEN

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLTER

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVAN

An ex- and future hermit from Savannah, Georgia, Evan's responsible for Litseen and Quiet Lightning. Since moving to SF in 2009, he's written columns for the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, KQED, and SF/Arts, managed front of house at SOMArts Cultural Center and The Emerald Tablet, and produced 200+ events featuring 1,100+ artists in 80+ venues, from dive bars and art galleries to state parks and national landmarks. When he's not managing events for Booksmith, The Bindery, and Berkeley Arts & Letters, he's usually combining words and other sounds with his brother Miles as Turk & Divis.

 

 

 

 

 

JEFF

Jeff is a musician, poet, writer, and undergraduate currently studying the latter at the University of San Francisco. He enjoys philosophy, all sounds of music, being a rampant coffee addict/savant, and promenades thru franciscan fog. Apathetic in the streets but a passionate heartbreaker in the sheets, Jeff's an 'indie-movie hero'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JESSALYN

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEITH

Keith is a queer midwest transplant to the Bay Area who loves squirrels and collecting pins. He consumes books at the speed of a very caffeinated rodent, loves book recommendations, and will talk your ear off about Star Wars, horror movies, or video games (specifically TF2 or Overwatch) if you give him the chance. His second biggest accomplishment is being able to still fit his hand inside of a pringles can and not get stuck. You can find him during the fall working as a Haunter at Dead Time Dreams, working security at conventions like MagwestBLFC, and Furcon throughout the year, or improving the nightlife as staff at the SF Citadel on weekends.

 

 

 

 

 

LAUREN

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NA'AMEN

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 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETH

Seth (they/he) is an avid reader with a sweet-spot for experimental works. Their top picks of authors are usually Chuck Palahniuk, Mark Z Danielewski, and Jesse Ball. They also enjoy collecting cassettes, writing songs on the banjolele, playing arcade games, and learning more about the extended DC universe. Ask them about their Pokemon card collection. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODD

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.