Hi! I’m the author of Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places (Quarto, 2015; paperback, 2018) and the editor of Fine Books & Collections, a quarterly magazine for booklovers. I’m also the chief contributor to the magazine’s daily briefs and social media. 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, and JSTOR Daily, among others. I was Victoria magazine’s Writer-in-Residence in 2014, and 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 M.A. 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. I took post-graduate courses in archives and special collections at Drew, at the American Antiquarian Society, and at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School.
Since 2005, I’ve been writing/editing from New York’s Hudson Valley, where my husband and I also run an indie audio production company, Silver Hollow Audio.
On Rare Books Uncovered:
“Bibliophiles rejoice! This book about rare book finds is a great find.” — Maine Antique Digest