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Sally McPherson: After a career spent in publishing, including as a magazine editor and as sales manager for a textbook publisher, Sally was thrilled when Roberta graciously invited her to become a partner in her wonderful store, where she'd been shopping for more than a decade. The staff and the customers are delightful and knowledgeable, and the commute is the best: a five-block walk. Sally had always been a voracious acquirer of books and, as time allows, a reader of them as well. Her favorite category is probably travel narrative, and she reads a lot of nonfiction, but lately she's been taking a very strong fiction turn. Go figure. In a twist on that tired but forever true cliche -- as true for Sally's home as it is for the store -- so many books, so little shelf space! Her favorite parts of this gig? Helping people find just the right book -- for themselves or for gifts -- and helping people remember the titles of books they're looking for (e.g., "I think it might be blue and has the word flower in the title,"or "I heard an interview on the radio with an author -- I think his name might be John or Jack.")
Kim Bissell: Bio pending!
Judy McKeever: Judy's love of books grew out of childhood experiences: a father reading aloud nightly each Oz book, chapter by chapter, a local library where she could check out large stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries and Oregon pioneer stories, to carry home every Saturday, and family vacations where the girls always set up bookshelves inside the tent for nightly reading by flashlight. As a high school English teacher since 1965, and Broadway Book’s employee since 1993, she has continued to love Oregon stories such as Bowerman and Craig Lesley’s Burning Fence. She also loves mysteries set in other cultures such as Alexander’s McCall Smith’s books and historical mysteries such as Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs. She likes to suggest books for kids that her children and grandchildren have enjoyed, and books for teenagers which her students love.
Rose Lewin: Rose knows her way around a bookstore! Her two adorable daughters (11 years old) are avid readers, so Rose is a great one to ask for advice on kid's books. Rose has been working in bookstores for several years and is an avid reader herself. Formerly of Clark County Law Library and Multnomah County Library, she just finished reading State of Wonder, Ann Patchett's new novel, and couldn't put it down!
Karin Anna: Bio pending!
Chris Miller: Chris Miller joined us for the holiday rush in 2010 and was so terrific we asked him to stick around. He enjoys reading, recording music, traveling, and working in a bookstore. It is Chris's greatest honor -- so he says -- to be a Broadway Bro. Chris loves the staff and the customers who become friends and is always happy to pass on a good recommendation or share what he's been reading.
Craig Bunn: Bio pending!
Megan Sachse: Bio pending!
Nicole Calande: Nicole joined Broadway Books in the fall of 2017 after completing the Columbia Publishing Course. She has remained active on both the publishing and bookseller sides of things— having also worked at Tin House Books, Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull— and knows all the hottest book gossip and a lot of the up-and-coming literary players. Nicole enjoys biking around Portland, social justice, and reading. In her spare time, she is also a podcast producer and short story writer.
Roberta Dyer: Roberta fell into the book business fresh out of college and more than forty years later, it still seems like a good fit. Roberta has worked for publishers, book wholesalers, and other bookstores but will to tell you that nothing has been as much fun or as much work as owning her own store for twenty years. Her favorite things: helping people find the books that change their lives, and the blurry line between customer and friend.
Kate Bennison was been an enthusiastic supporter of Broadway Books for many years and brought this perspective to her work with our customers. Kate was a retired business professional, mom, wife, yogi, friend, aspiring artist, fund raiser, gardener, hiker, NE neighborhood lover and adventurous reader. She sadly passed away in 2017.