Staff Picks

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Adam's thorough reading of Scandinavian literature is the stuff of legend amongst the Third Place Books staff. He takes an interest in literary fiction and religion, but enjoys...

There once was a book-man named Alex / Who studied great Castor and Pollux / With a pen by his head...

Anje enjoys reading fiction that makes her cringe, comic books that make her cry, political science that makes her furious, and medical history that makes her gag....

Ashley loves tea, folktales, plants, and playing her ukulele badly. Although she usually reads fantasy and graphic novels, she'll pick up anything that sounds compelling enough...

Avery (ey-vuh-ree), noun.

1. A bookseller at TPB Seward Park; 2. Easily identifiable by his colored hair; 3. Wants to pet your dogs.

New to the area Chelsea is not to be trusted with driving directions but has plenty of suggestions for something to read. She reads mostly fiction without any particular genre...

Christina's section duties take her all over the store, as do her exploits in the name of Ravenna's social media accounts. She has read a lot of books in which people are...

Courtney is a waffle enthusiast who spends her time serenading her dog with Taylor Swift, crying in the dark over poetry, and reminiscing on her past success as a rapper.

Dana is new to the Third Place Books Ravenna store, but it already feels like home. She reads mostly memoir and nonfiction, but she’s looking for the right place to jump back...

After washing upon the shores of some distant land, Dean has found solace in the realms of art, horror, feminist literature, graphic novels, witchery and stitchery.

Deborah is our Romance and Mystery buyer. Fortunately for us, she loves to read mysteries and romances, but also enjoys talking about books, cats, and kids.

Emily, when she's not out training for a triathlon or cooking something tasty, is running around the store taking care of her various responsibilities as bookseller, buyer, and...

Eric is an art aficionado, who when not loving gardening and architecture, will gladly parlez vous about film and literature.

Erin

Erin loves Stephen Colbert, most books, and all cats. She hates cockroaches and law school. Ask her about Moby Dick, the Moomins, and the Prison Industrial Complex.

Garrett loves reading about healing, economic theory, slices of life, humor and those dark bits of life that people have a tendency to sweep under rugs or...

Greg, recently recognized for his notable collection of booksellers' labels by the New Yorker Books Blog, enjoys reading great writers about the world whether what they say is...

Halley reads just about everything, but is particularly enthusiastic about authors such as Lemony Snicket, Edgar Allan Poe, and Shirley Jackson. As a result, Halley feels drawn...

Henry is a former small business consultant and bookstore owner as well as an avid skier and vegetable gardener. When not reading Colin Cotterill, Elizabeth Strout, or Nick...

J.P.

JP Kemmick joined the Third Place Ravenna team in November 2016, fulfilling a lifelong dream of getting paid to hang out in a bookstore. He has twice biked across the country...

James is head of the poetry and biography sections at Ravenna. He loves to read short story collections and poems that don't rhyme or put him to sleep. James spends most of his...

Jane, a bookseller and endless fount of good recommendations in the Kids/ Young Adult department, will gladly participate in a conversation about anything and everything.

Jason admires the work of Norman Mailer, William Burroughs, Matthew Barney, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Kalani does most of his reading in a hammock while sipping black tea. He hosts author events and shelves Fiction, Sports, and Northwest.

Lish reads fantasy, horror, humor, mystery, young adult, and just about anything else that will hold still long enough. When she isn't reading or working, she's volunteering at...

Lizzie is a bibliophile since birth, film score connoisseur, honorary Parisian and classical singer . When her nose isn't stuck in a book, she can be found in the Self-Help,...

Except for a three year stint as a stay-at-home dad, Mark has been with Third Place Books since the fall of 2001, and was one of the original crew to open the Ravenna location...

Mark heals the computers at Third Place Books whenever they are ill. He enjoys settling down to an evening of baseball viewing, reading the latest William Gibson novel or a...

Michael is the manager of our Ravenna store. He has been a bookseller since Hector was a pup and still thinks it is the best job in the world. He reads mostly fiction believing...

Michelle is into linguistics and anything local: history, authors, trees, cats. She likes exploring the town and will always thank you lots for a hot cup of coffee and a good...

Naomi is a retired humanities professor who views concepts like "personality," "the subject," and "self" as comforting illusions and instruments of power that have outlived...

If it predates the 20th century, it's safe to assume that Nicole is interested in it, especially novels from the Victorian period. As a fine arts graduate still in contact with...

Patti heads up the kids books at Ravenna. She loves few things more than putting the right book in the right kids’ hand. When she’s not out having adventures with her young son...

The fearless leader of the Third Place Knitting Book Club, Patti is part of our amazing kids department and our resident expert on all things yarn-related. She loves to knit...

Rene

Rene, the head of the Third Place Books Kids Department, can talk you into reading just about anything. She has a special affinity for both Patricia Polacco and Sarah Dessen....

Rich has been a professional sci-fi guy, zombie nerd, and comic book geek for over seventeen years.

Robert Sindelar is the Managing Partner at Third Place Books. Robert is interested in literature in translation, drama and theater, and discussing the place books, reading, and...

Ron

Ron Sher is the creator and owner of Third Place Books.

Sarah Keliher is a second generation bookseller. She'll read almost anything, but especially history, fiction in translation, sci fi, and young adult books. When not trying to...

Although he mostly reads pretentious modernist classics and old spy novels, Stephen loves anything that gives voice to his bottomless well of despair. In his spare time,...

Willing to talk about any book under the sun, Espresso Book Machine operator Vlad loves to read YA, Sci-Fi and Fantasy. With his interest in art and design, he is a treasure...

Wendy is the Events Manager & Gift Buyer for the store. When she's not pursuing authors to fill our busy schedule and cute things to entice you with, she is at the gym. If...

"Prudish in genre flexibility." Matthew Stearns, author of Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation (33 1/3)

"Could be the Don Rickles of [his] generation." Logan Fox, Shakespeare...