Staff List: Lake Forest Park

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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 a...


Anje enjoys reading fiction that makes her cringe, comic books that make her cry, political books 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....


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.


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 A.

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


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.


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...



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.


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



Lish reads fantasy, horror, humor, mystery, young adult, graphic novels, cookbooks, and anything else that catches her fancy. She doesn't like sad books and has questionable taste...

Mark Z.

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...


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...


Niki loves: literature for all ages of young human, graphic novels and visual narratives, and literally all food (eating, making, sharing). She permanently resides in the kids...

Patti J.

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 and...


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. Rene...


Sam likes black coffee, neat bourbon, dry humor, loud music, and thoughtfully unsettling fiction.


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...

Sarah C.


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, Stephen...


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 trove...


"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 &...


Zak's eclectic tastes include literary fiction, science and nature writing, cookbooks, science fiction, rhetoric and linguistics, geography, and memoir. His favorite books are...