Hi! I’m the author of Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places (Quarto, 2015; paperback, 2018) and the (former) award-winning editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine. My writing on books, history, and culture has appeared in Smithsonian, Financial Times, Literary Hub, CrimeReads, Atlas Obscura, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Guardian, Slate, Art & Object, The Awl, Collectors Weekly, Victoria, and JSTOR Daily, among others. My chapter on the literary Warner Sisters appeared in From Page to Place: American Literary Tourism and the Afterlives of American Authors (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017).
*Book News*: My next book, The Vanishing of Carolyn Wells: Investigations into a Forgotten Mystery Author, will be published in spring 2024.
I started out in the book business at a major publishing house in New York City after graduating from Syracuse University with a dual bachelor’s degree in English and magazine journalism. I left publishing after a couple of years and earned a master’s degree in book history from Drew University, where my thesis on reprinted editions of classic books was awarded the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing’s graduate essay prize. Upon finishing that degree, I stayed on at Drew, in the university’s library, as the preservation and archives associate in charge of the university archives. Since 2005, I’ve been writing/editing from New York’s Catskill Mountains, where my husband and I also run an indie audio production company, Silver Hollow Audio.
On Rare Books Uncovered:
“A welcome gift for a passionate reader or collector.” — Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
“Novice and veteran bibliophiles alike will find this title captivating.” — *Library Journal, Starred Review*
“Bibliophiles rejoice! This book about rare book finds is a great find.” — Maine Antique Digest