The Penguin Team

Susan -- Owner 

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Susan bought the Penguin Bookshop in 2014 after a long career in book publishing, and moved the shop to its current location at 417 Beaver Street.  Susan began her publishing career in the editorial department at Viking Penguin (penguins again!) and is excited to now hold the esteemed Penguin Bookshop in her loving hands.

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Mary -  Store Manager

Mary is the oldest and strongest member of the Penguin staff. She also has worked for the Penguin the longest. When not working for the Penguin Bookshop, Mary can be found on one of the many hiking trails here in Sewickley. She has been known to judge a book by its cover, however, she does not limit herself to just one genre.  Favorites include history, cooking, and art.  Recently, Mary attended the NAIBA 2015 conference where she met independent bookstore staff members & authors. She has brought back valuable information that will be useful to the Penguin Bookshop. Mary is also camera-shy, hence this photo of a beautiful bee flying around in her backyard!

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Lisa - Bookseller

Lisa moved with her husband and family to Sewickley from New Jersey in 2006.  Originally from California, she grew up overseas and has traveled extensively.  Continuing to learn about other places and cultures is one of the reasons she loves reading, and, being a recent empty-nester, she is very excited to be spending her free time surrounded by all of the great books and people at the Penguin. If she had to choose a favorite book genre, it would probably be fiction, but biographies and history rank highly too!​

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Kristin -  Assists with Buying and Book Events

Kristin is knowledgable about all categories in the store. She adores current fiction, and most of The New York Times bestsellers are on her night stand. With two young budding readers at home, Kristin has also read most of the books in our children's department. With her guidance, new parents can be sure they will leave with the perfect book. Science, travel, history, and  classics can also be found on her to-read list.

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Stef- Storytime Guru

Stefanie has lived in Pittsburgh for almost eleven years. She has five children and is working on a Masters of Education with an emphasis in children’s literature through Penn State. In her spare time, she likes to write for children. Stefanie has always dreamed of working in a bookstore and is excited to share her love of books with children in community during weekly Storytime. With such limited time, sometimes it feels like all Stefanie reads is picture books, but she also enjoys middle grade, young adult, and classics.

Meredith -  "Fresh-Faced" Bookseller

Meredith recently graduated from UC Berkeley and returned to Sewickley.  Her genres of choice are science fiction and fantasy, but she has read (and translated) many historical and classical texts, as well. Meredith specializes in reaching extremely high places with her somewhat overwhelming height, and is now the proud owner of the "tallest member of the team" badge. (Mary still holds the title for "strongest"!)

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Quinn - Student Bookseller

Quinn is a high school student whose love of reading pushed her to pursue her first job at the Penguin. She is an ardent John Green fan, but also enjoys mystery, thriller, and dystopian novels. Beyond that, she loves children's books and reading to younger kids here at the bookshop. 

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Kim -- Community Outreach

Kim previously worked as Marketing Team Leader for 12 years at Whole Foods in the East Liberty location.  While there, she created the first urban garden in the region, setting the standard for all others stores to follow suit.  In addition, she developed relationships with local artists and organizations to erect two murals on their building as well as other locations throughout the East End.  Her launch of the Summer Dinner Series program with local chefs was the first of its kind in the region.

Prior to Whole Foods Market, Kim worked as the East End Main Street Manager serving 5 neighborhoods on the East End of Pittsburgh.  She worked with the community to develop much needed programming and events throughout the five business districts.  

Leila- Student Bookseller

Hello! I'm Leila, a current senior at Sewickley Academy. I grew up visiting Sewickley with my family and friends, and Penguin Bookshop was always a stop on our ventures into the village. For fun, I enjoy reading all genres, but I especially love realistic fiction so I can connect with the characters in the stories.