About Us


Christin Evans and Praveen Madan

Christin Evans, literary entrepreneur, runs two Bay Area bookstores. In 2007, she and her husband, Praveen Madan, purchased The Booksmith in San Francisco’s historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. In 2008 with Melissa Mytinger, they helped launch Berkeley Arts & Letters, now the East Bay’s most successful author event series. Christin also currently acts as the head of inventory management at Kepler's Books, Silicon Valley’s landmark bookstore established by pacifist Roy Kepler in 1955, a store which she and Praveen assumed stewardship over in 2012. Together they revamped Kepler's as a hybrid business with an affiliated non-profit events program. Having made it her work to re-imagine the role independent bookstores play in their communities and how best they can be sustainable cultural institutions, she's active in neighborhood associations and she welcomes conversations! Christin worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney; she holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. 




Amy is a curly-haired human female who is only listed first because her name starts with A. She produced and emceed ShipwreckSF with Casey Childers for five and a half years. She moonlights for Booksmith remotely from New York, where she lives and writes and misses you terribly. Find her on your platform of choice as @losertakesall




Anah is an artist/illustrator and perpetual art student, currently earning her BFA in graphic design at CCA. Her taste in books ranges from art criticism to true crime to absurdist fiction, but she generally leans toward the darker side of things. An amateur naturalist, taxidermist, and full-blown entophile, she raises exotic moths and mantids, sells dead bugs on Etsy, and sometimes teaches insect pinning classes. She would love nothing more than to live out the rest of her life in a haunted greenhouse.   



Camden (he/him) reads an awful lot. His tastes are spastic but not unpredictable. He finds gin an ideal accompaniment to any emergency and can cook a soufflẻ but always, always burns the toast. He is also Booksmith's lead buyer.






An ex- and future hermit from Savannah, Georgia, Evan's responsible for Litseen and Quiet Lightning. Since moving to SF in 2009, he's written columns for the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, KQED, and SF/Arts, managed front of house at SOMArts Cultural Center and The Emerald Tablet, and produced 200+ events featuring 1,100+ artists in 80+ venues, from dive bars and art galleries to state parks and national landmarks. When he's not managing events for Booksmith, The Bindery, and Berkeley Arts & Letters, he's usually combining words and other sounds with his brother Miles as Turk & Divis.




Jeff (He/His) is an existential crisis in a human shell. He is fond of art and staring at trees and fog. He also enjoys writing poetry from time to time and playing the guitar or piano. Never sleeps.






Jennie (she/her) has taken the taunt "if you love books so much, why don't you marry them?" far too seriously, which is why she is a bookseller, reviewer, and young adult/middle grade literary agent. When she occasionally ventures into the three-dimensional world, she can be found cross-stitching, cooking, going to loud rock concerts, buying turquoise sparkly things, reading tarot, and waxing poetic about history.




Jes was born on a farm and raised to be an animal. She moved to the big city to pursue a career as a "starving artist", which is going well. She is often caught drawing genitalia and the many things you can do with genitalia, but also freelances children's books! Her anachronistic interests inspire her never ending obsession to thrift and her love of the classics (books, music, movies)Naturally a sweet Scorpio, but watch out this kitty's got claws. 




Justin (he/him) is a recovering East Coaster, military brat, third culture kid, post-9/11 veteran, and all-around omnivorous culture-vulture. He's equally at home in the stacks of the SF public library, a dusty dancefloor in Black Rock City, or getting lost in Golden Gate Park. 





Kylie (she/her) is a Hawaiʻi local, looking to pursue oceanic literature and gender studies. She is an editorial contributor for Nella Media Group Network in Honolulu. Most importantly, Kylie wants everyone to know she has an obese cat named Kolohe. 






Lisa (She/Her) is a writer currently study journalism and graphic design at city college. Her articles have been published in Make: magazine. As a reader, she likes science fiction and fantasy, stories about the power of stories, and illuminating nonfiction. When she's not at the Booksmith or in class, she spends a lot of time doing a whole lot of nothing, lurking around the financial district, and connecting with her friends.




Sarah (she/her) hails from smalltown Georgia and has called San Francisco home since 2009. Lover of books, music, astronomy, true crime, live theatre, and hearing about that funny thing your cat does. Would always rather be camping.






Seth (he/him) is an avid reader with a sweet-spot for experimental works. He curates our science fiction section and is also our children's buyer. Outside of work, he also enjoy collecting cassettes, writing songs on the banjolele, playing arcade games, making zines, and learning about the extended DC universe. Ask him about his Pokemon card collection. 





Sydney (she/her or they/them) is a USF student- media studies major, current film minor, and prospective journalism minor. She's the VP of the on-campus LGBT+ club, a member of a sorority, and has another job on campus (basically, Sydney likes keeping herself busy). She'll read nearly anything you put in front of her out of sheer habit, and seems to know every pop song by heart. An accidental expert on video games and slasher flicks, she tends to not stop talking once she gets going (especially about her cat).




Telecommuting guru of store reorders and special projects. Lover of literary fiction, sociological reportage, music journalism, and nature writing. A fool for a good cookbook, always ready for a new challenge in the kitchen. An unrepentant music junkie, known to lose himself in record shops for hours on end. A runner, an amateur photographer, a tireless traveler, and-- most importantly-- the proud Daddy of the sweetest, most charming dog in the entire world. (he/him)