Books are a uniquely portable magic. ~Stephen King
Originally from Pennsylvania, Rebecca made her way to Michigan via the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston. Completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Education at U-M, and then taking a “temporary” job in the library, she later earned a graduate degree at the U-M School of Information, and has enjoyed a varied and very interesting career at the University Library.
Starting her career when there was not a computer on every desk, and cell phones were a science fiction dream, Rebecca has managed significant digital projects and watched the renewed interest by students and researchers in the physical space of the library, even in this digital age. She is now responsible for the Facilities and Operations for the University Library system, which includes the Hatcher Graduate Library, Shapiro Undergraduate and Science Library, Music Library, Fine Arts Library, Duderstadt Center and Art, Architecture and Engineering Library, Special Collections (Rare Book) Library, Papyrology, Askwith Media Library and Clark Library for Maps, Government Information and Data Services.Active in several library and campus organizations, Rebecca chairs the Board of the Ann Arbor Book Festival.
Nicola Rooney was born in Germany after the World War II, while her father was serving in the British Army. She has lived in Malta, Hong Kong, Belgium and Turkey before settling down to be educated at boarding school in England. She was the first female to graduate in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, and stayed to complete a PhD in Fluidization. She spent 8 years working in the chemical industry in England before coming to Canada in 1982. In Canada she worked in Technical Support, Marketing and R&D for a synthetic rubber company. When the German company Bayer took them over, and offered a buyout too good to refuse, she took it, but having four children to educate, an income was necessary. From a chance encounter with an advertisement in the Detroit newspaper, she bought the bookstore in Ann Arbor, and moved to Michigan in 1995. She lives in Livingston County. She is married with four children and five grandchildren. When she has time she enjoys gardening, cooking, knitting, and of course, reading.
Holly Sorscher has lived in Ann Arbor for most of her life. She currently works part-time cataloging for the Juvenile Historic Collection at the University of Michigan Dearborn Mardigian Library. She has been an active volunteer in the Ann Arbor community for many years, has worked professionally in advertising and marketing, and holds degrees in Information Science, English Literature and Creative Writing, and Business Administration. She has one daughter and three sons.
Jeff Kass teachers Creative Writing and English Literature at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor MI and is the Literary Arts Director at Ann Arbor’s Teen Center The Neutral Zone. He is the author of the award-winning poetry chapbook Invisible Staircase; the award-winning essay chapbook From the Front of the Room; the one-man performance poetry show Wrestle the Great Fear; co-author of the teaching guidebook Underneath: The Archaeological Approach to Teaching Creative Writing; and author of the short story collection Knuckleheads, which was awarded Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal as Best Short Fiction Collection of 2011.
Rachel Pastiva has a bachelor of fine arts degree in creative writing from Bowling Green State University and a master of library and information science from Wayne State University. She has been a bookseller for over 15 years, seven in management positions at Borders Books and Music. Since 2006, Rachel has been the bookstore manager of Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room in downtown Ann Arbor, where she also regularly contributes articles on environmental issues to The Crazy Wisdom Community Journal, Ann Arbor’s leading holistic resource magazine. She has been on the Ann Arbor Book Festival Board of Directors since the fall of 2012.
Martha O’Hara Conway
Martha O’Hara Conway is the Director of Special Collections at the University of Michigan Library. She provides vision, leadership, strategic direction, and administrative oversight for the operations, services, programs, and resources of the Special Collections Library.
She worked previously for the Newberry Library and at Yale University Library and the Library of Congress. She is an active member of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied French and Russian, and an MILS from the University of Michigan.
Jamie Lausch Vander Broek
Jamie Lausch Vander Broek is an Exhibits & Programming Librarian and Learning Librarian in the Library‘s department of Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan. She coordinates exhibits and programming for the Undergraduate and Graduate Libraries and chairs the Library’s Exhibits and Programming Group. Additionally, she is involved in digital signage and displays at the Library and is a member of the campus-wide digital signage governance board. Jamie is an active member of ARLIS/NA and currently serves as co-moderator of the Teaching Librarians Special Interest Group and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, and is a past chair of the Membership Committee. She holds a Master’s degree from the UM School of Information, and received a BA in Art History with a minor in Italian Studies from Wellesley College. Since arriving in Ann Arbor in June of 2005, she has also been active in the local art and book communities, and is a past board member of the Kerrytown BookFest.
Marcia Bailey is an Operations Manager and Head of the Serials and Microforms department at the University of Michigan Hatcher Graduate Library.
A life long Michigander, she worked previously for AT&T and is an active member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Michigan State University.
She reads historical novels and non-fiction and is a lifelong supporter of the arts and museums as well as the baseball and hockey teams in her home town of Detroit.
Peter Schork is a lifelong resident of Washtenaw County, having the good fortune of being born in Ypsilanti. Peter‘s love of books came from his parents, who enrolled him in Readak and numerous math and science programs at an early age. Peter earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in economics and political science, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan. His academic accomplishments led him to pursue a career in banking. After many years as a private banker and in bank management roles, Peter helped establish Ann Arbor State Bank, where he serves as President and CEO.
Peter was asked to join the Ann Arbor Book Festival by Evans Young and Bill Zirinsky in 2007, while he was working for local book legend, Edward Surovell. He has enjoyed watching the festival grow into a unique venue for books, literacy, and author presentations. He has been the Treasurer of the Festival for several years and is active in the Festival’s Book Crawl Events. He reads science fiction and historial novels in his spare time, and considers himself and expert on Major League Baseball of the 1970’s and the films of Errol Flynn.
Originally from Philadelphia, Dawn has lived on each coast and several stops in between as an Army brat. She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a teaching certificate in English from Eastern Michigan University. As a poet, she loves collaborating with other poets to create a sense of community around writing. Dawn has been on the Board since the fall of 2012.