Meet BookBrowse's editors and reviewers


Publisher

  • Davina Morgan-Witts

    Davina started BookBrowse in 1998 while a stay at home mother of two small children who wouldn't stay still long enough for her to visit a bookstore. As a very young child, her favorite books were The Just So Stories and anything by A.A. Milne. Later she was passionate about all things Paul Gallico, particularly the Mrs Harris stories and The Man Who Was Magic. Close seconds were J.P. Martin's Uncle books, The Phantom Tollbooth, Giovannino Guareschi's Don Camillo stories and Gozney and Uderzo's Asterix. Before children she held a variety of advertising, marketing and research roles for products including chocolate bars, bottled water, dog food, banks and cheese. She is delighted to spend her days talking about books (although talking about cheese and chocolate wasn't all bad). To contact Davina for interview, please visit BookBrowse's press section.

Editors

  • Lisa Butts

    Lisa is a poet and freelance critic living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She studied Creative Writing at The New School and Sarah-Lawrence College. In addition to editing and writing for BookBrowse, she writes regularly for Publishers Weekly and BookRags, among others.

  • Michael Kaler

    Michael is a freelance editor living in New York. He studied English at the University of Michigan, and has worked as an editorial intern at Dzanc Books and Running Press. In his spare time he enjoys reading across genres, from literary fiction to cultural and social history. In addition to editing and reviewing for BookBrowse, he writes regularly for sites such as Lambda Literary.

  • Tamara Ellis Smith

    Tamara is a children's book writer who lives in Vermont. When she is not writing or being mom to her four kids, she can be found running on the river trails with her dog. Tamara is an editor for BookBrowse, where she loves connecting with wonderful books and even more wonderful people. She is also a narrative writer for Reading Plus, a silent reading intervention program. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her middle grade novel, Another Kind of Hurricane was published by Schwartz & Wade/Random House in July 2015; and her first picture book, Here and There was published in 2019.

Library Support

  • Elena Spagnolie

    Elena received her Master's degree in magical realism studies and creative writing from New York University. She has worked at the University of Wisconsin Press, interned at the Taryn Fagerness Agency and has written book reviews and articles for BookBrowse, NewPages and Travelhost Magazine. Her most favorite stories are those written in crayon by her daughter, usually about a duck named Thea.

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    Kim Kovacs

    Kim Kovacs is an avid reader in the Pacific Northwest. All those rainy days give her the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of books that span many genres.

  • Adrienne Pisch

    Adrienne Pisch recently graduated Cornell University with a BS in Biology and a minor in Creative Writing. She now lives and works in Columbia, Maryland, where she spends too much time in the library. In 2016, she interned for the Colgate Writers' Conference novel intensive, and her fiction appears in Rainy Day. Adrienne enjoys reading memoir, creative nonfiction, fantasy, YA, and anything with heart.

  • BookBrowse First Impression Reviewers

    Each month, USA based BookBrowse members have the opportunity to review books through our First Impressions program. Books that our member-reviewers rate particularly highly are featured as "Editor's Choice" selections and are listed below. All books recently reviewed for First Impressions can be seen here.

  • Sarah Tomp

    Sarah Tomp lives, reads and writes in San Diego, California. She is the author of a picture book, Red White and Blue Goodbye and has a MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a co-author of the blog, Writing on the Sidewalk. Her first young adult novel, My Best Everything, was published by Little Brown in March 2015.

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    Karen Lewis

    Karen Lewis is a freelance writer and editor who leads workshops with California Poets in the Schools. She earned an MFA from Antioch-Los Angeles and formerly directed the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. When not writing or reading, she’s passionate about travel, garden-to-table, outdoor adventures, keeping the oceans clean and safe, and building world peace. Visit her at wordjourneys.org

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    Jordan Lynch

    Jordan Lynch is a scientist by training, but her true passion is books. She currently lives in Louisville, KY, where she is a doctoral candidate in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and she loves spending a weekend afternoon with a good book in one of the city’s many parks. You can see what she’s been reading or explore some interesting science at her blog The Literary Laboratory.

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    Elisabeth Cook

    Elisabeth Cook is a published poet, a frequent reader of translated literature and a freelance writer. In addition to reviewing books, she occasionally writes about language learning and indie film. You can follow her latest reads on her blog, Lit All Over.

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    Rachel Hullett

    Rachel Hullett is an avid reader, feminist, and cat enthusiast. A graduate from Tulane University, she currently lives in Vermont and works as the Editorial Assistant at an indie children's book publisher. You can find her on Twitter @paceamorelibri, and you can read more of her thoughts on books over at her personal blog paceamorelibri.wordpress.com.

  • Catherine M Andronik

    Cathy Andronik recently retired after over 30 years as a teacher librarian, mainly at the high school level. Now she works part-time at the reference desk of a busy urban public library (where she especially enjoys recommending audiobooks, nonfiction, and young adult books with strong adult crossover appeal), and presents workshops on aspects of young adult literature. She has reviewed and written for School Library Connection (and all of its previous incarnations) and Booklist. She is also the author of several biographies for a children's/young adult audience.

  • Tara Mcnabb

    Tara Mcnabb is a freelance writer living in beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She regularly writes book reviews for several publications, including Kirkus Indie. She's always on the hunt for the next great read.

  • Erin Lyndal Martin

    Erin Lyndal Martin is a writer and artist living in Blacksburg, VA.

  • Ian Muehlenhaus

    Ian Muehlenhaus is a writer, cartographer, and geographer. He teaches map design at the University of Wisconsin. He has published two non-fiction books, numerous academic journal articles, and a variety of feature screenplays and film shorts. You can find him on Twitter: @imuehlenhaus

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    Rebecca Foster

    An American transplant to Reading, England, Rebecca is a former library assistant and full-time freelance writer and editor. She reviews books for a myriad of print and online publications in the US and UK, including at her blog, Bookish Beck.

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    Poornima Apte

    Poornima is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and an award-winning journalist who lives in the greater Boston area. Trained as an engineer, she gradually made the shift to journalism after a brief stint as a technical writer. She loves to read and review literary fiction and narrative non-fiction and is most comfortable when her bedside stash of books looks like a Jenga pile. In addition to her editing responsibilities, she reviews for BookBrowse and publishes snappy 100-word-critiques of most of the books she reads on her blog, booksnfreshair.blogspot.com.

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    Kate Braithwaite

    Kate is originally from Edinburgh but now lives in Pennsylvania. She loves literary fiction, historical fiction and thrillers and she also writes and reviews for the Historical Novel Society. She is the author of Charlatan, a novel of poison and intrigue at the court of Louis XIV, due to be published by Fireship Press in 2016. Her website is www.kate-braithwaite.com

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    Jamie Chornoby

    Jamie Chornoby is a content writer and college tutor from the metro Detroit area. Prior, she worked in social research and program assistance. With a B.A. in sociology and anthropology and a minor in English, she is fascinated by the social sciences and often reads nonfiction texts in that area. She developed her interest in reading by teaching others to read, organizing book clubs, and browsing used bookstores. To her, few things are as meaningful or powerful as a well told story.

  • Peggy Kurkowski

    Peggy is a professional copywriter for a higher education IT nonprofit association by day and major history geek at night. In addition to BookBrowse, she also reviews for Open Letters Review and is a member of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES).

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    Rory L. Aronsky

    Rory L. Aronsky, co-author of BearManor Media’s What If They Lived? with Phil Hall, used to want to be a full-time film critic while writing well over 10 years of movie and DVD reviews, but eventually grew tired of the hamster-wheel feeling of it, realizing once and for all that his true love has always been books. He constantly haunts the websites and Facebook pages of Barbara O’Neal, Rita Leganski, and Beth Hoffman, impatiently waiting for their newest novels, and is hugely fascinated with presidential history. After five years in Las Vegas, he now lives in Ventura, California, where he still can’t get over the downtown public library being one street over from the beach.

  • Meara Conner

    Meara Conner is a voracious reader living in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys reading practically anything, but especially literary fiction, thrillers, and narrative memoirs.

  • Rebecca Renner

    Rebecca Renner is a writer and editor living in Boynton Beach, FL. IHer work has appeared recently or is upcoming in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, and Glamour. Read more of her work at beckyrenner.com.

  • Mark Anthony Ayling

    Mark Anthony Ayling is a 40-year-old Registered Mental Health Nurse who presently resides in the city of Salford in the North of England with his two children Sam and Molly and long suffering wife Elaine. He has contributed a number of stories to Perihelion in the past and had work published in Cracked Eye and the Twisted Tails IX anthology. Lillicat publishers released Northern Futures, a collection of dystopian science fiction stories by the author, in November 2016. Mark is also the author of periodic film blog/diary/journal "A Middle Aged Movie Blog. Being the periodic, backdated journal of a film loving middle aged independent science fiction writing father of two and his ongoing adventures in cinema and home video." This is published via his website at http://markanthonyayling.com. Mark is also a regular contributor at retro movie site VHS Revival.

  • Dean Muscat

    Dean Muscat is a freelance writer who lives on a hot and humid overpopulated speck of rock in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, more commonly known as Malta. Some of his favorite authors include William Faulkner, Angela Carter, and Neil Gaiman. He reviews books, dabbles in short fiction, and posts the occasional travel diary on his blog The Strange & Ordinary.

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    Donna Chavez

    Donna Chavez, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, reviews books for BookBrowse, Publishers Weekly and the American Library Association's Booklist. She is also a freelance writer with numerous publishing credits, including the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times, and is a writing coach.

  • Norah Piehl

    Norah Piehl is a former bookseller who has also worked for several publishing companies. Currently the deputy director of the Boston Book Festival, Norah reviews books and writes interviews and features for a number of print and online publications.

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    Michelle Anya Anjirbag

    Michelle Anya Anjirbag studied literature, among other things, at the University of Connecticut and the University of Edinburgh. She has written shelf talkers for local bookstores and reviewed books for an assortment of sites including Cabinet des Fees and the blog BookNotes and FootMarks, but most frequently writes up her reading-related thoughts on Instagram: @Michelle_Anya, #fortheloveofthepage. She can also be found on Twitter @anjirbaguette and @bookfeet.

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    Natalie Vaynberg

    Natalie is a freelance writer and blogger, living in the Bay Area. Natalie enjoys reading and reviewing literary and historical fiction, literary fantasy, narrative memoirs and books on organizational behavior. In addition to BookBrowse, Natalie writes her own blog on personal and professional development at medium.com/@natalie.vaynberg

  • Elisabeth Herschbach

    Elisabeth Herschbach is an editor and writer from Maryland.

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    Rose Rankin

    Rose Rankin lives and writes outside of Chicago. A historian by training, she primarily reviews non-fiction with an emphasis on women's studies. She recently completed a comparative study of female-authored poetry in Late-Renaissance Italy titled Cautious if Not Chaste: The Poetry of Tullia D'Aragona and Veronica Franco. In addition to freelancing for various publications, she is also a marketing copywriter with experience in technical writing.

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    Erin Szczechowski

    Erin is an undergraduate at New York University working towards an English major. She is particularly passionate about YA literature, but adores fantasy, as well. After spending a year interning at a children’s publishing press, she now hopes to move into the literary agent field.

  • Cynthia C. Scott

    Cynthia C. Scott is a freelance writer from the San Francisco Bay Area whose work has appeared in Glint Literary Journal, Copperfield Review, Hakai Magazine, Short Story Writer, Graze Magazine and others. An inveterate lover of books, she's always on the look out for a great read.

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    Valerie Morales

    Valerie Morales' non-fiction work has been featured in Huffington Post, The Talented Tenth Review Medium and The Committed Generation. She loves books that inhale the future and exhale the past. James Baldwin’s novel Another Country was her beginning of all things literary, life and truth.

  • Grace Symes

    Grace Symes lives in Massachusetts, where she reads a wide variety of books. Her ideal Christmas is one from which she emerges with a stack of new material to read. In addition to reviewing for BookBrowse she also writes for music blogs and has loved reading from a young age.

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    Naomi Benaron

    Naomi Benaron is the author of Running The Rift (2012), winner of the 2010 Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and Love Letters from a Fat Man, winner of the 2006 G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. She earned an MFA from Antioch University and an MS in earth sciences from Scripps Institute of Oceanography. She teaches at UCLA Writers Extension and online through the Afghan Women's Writing Project. An advocate for African refugees in her community, she has worked extensively with genocide survivor groups in Rwanda. She is also an Ironman triathlete.

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    Chris Fredrick

    Chris lives in the Milwaukee area where she works as a freelance writer and editor. Though most of her client work is “writing for business,” two of her essays have been published by Brain, Child magazine. A bookclub junkie, she’s either joined or formed one in every city she's lived since the hardcover release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

  • Jamie Samson

    I am a writer from Dublin, Ireland. I have written fiction for Irish publications The Ogham Stone and Metro Eireann, and run a literary blog called Samsonberg. As well as literary fiction, my favorite genres include science fiction, crime, and horror. Books on history, philosophy, technology and politics, and especially European politics, are also big fixtures on my bookshelf.

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Curious Toys
    Curious Toys
    by Elizabeth Hand
    In Curious Toys, Elizabeth Hand tells the story of Vivian, a 14-year-old girl disguised as a boy ...
  • Book Jacket: Your House Will Pay
    Your House Will Pay
    by Steph Cha
    Steph Cha's novel Your House Will Pay shows how a legacy of violence and injustice can ripple ...
  • Book Jacket: Divide Me By Zero
    Divide Me By Zero
    by Lara Vapnyar
    Divide Me By Zero begins with an encounter between the narrator, Katya Geller, a 40-something mother...
  • Book Jacket: Mighty Justice
    Mighty Justice
    by Dovey Johnson Roundtree , Katie McCabe
    What it's about:
    Dovey Johnson Roundtree was one of two lawyers who won the landmark case "Sarah ...

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    by Dovey Johnson Roundtree & Katie McCabe

    An inspiring life story that speaks urgently to our troubled times.
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