Meet Helene

Tell us a little about yourself

I have been an avid reader for about as long as I can remember, and I don’t think it’s coincidental that my first job is at a book store. Outside of work, I love to cook, knit, play with my dogs, and spend way too much time on my phone (oops). 


Top five most interesting things about you 

1- I have a love for “unloveable” animals. My favorite animals are vultures, ferrets, and bats. (Also dogs, but who doesn’t love them?)

2- I’m named after my great grandmother, and I like to think that we are quite similar, or at the very least equally stubborn. 

3- I have aphantasia (which means I can’t visualize images in my head!) 

4- I love to cook, but could never be a chef because I couldn’t handle the stress.

5- My biggest guilty pleasure is my love for country music.


What makes a good book store in your opinion? 

When I walk into a bookstore, I want it to feel more like someone else’s home library than a store. I prefer small book stores, larger ones just don’t have the same ambiance. When you walk into a book store, you should be able to get lost metaphorically, not physically. 


If you could host a dinner party for five people, real or fictional, living or dead, who would you invite?

Julie D’Aubigny,

Prince (the musician),

John Rawls,

My mom,

and Angela Davis.

I think we’d have a hell of a dinner party.


What’s the first thing you notice about a book? 

The color of the cover. Regardless of the cover design or title, if I don’t find the color of a book pleasing I’m not likely to pick it up. I’m particular about silly things like that. 


A book that changed your life:

I couldn’t pick just one, so here are two books that changed my life:

Little House on the Prairie- I think I could credit all of my love for reading to Laura Ingles Wilder, as a child I absolutely adored her stories.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe- This book holds a special place in my heart. It wasn’t the first book with lgbt+ representation that I read, but it was the most impactful to young queer me.