Meet Katie

Brilliant Books has a brand new bookseller: Katie!  

Katie is a TC local who went off to college on the East Coast (B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature) before eventually finding her way back to town in 2016.  When she's not at Brilliant Books, Katie enjoys teaching theater to elementary school students, going on walks with Nelson (dog) -- the only man she'll truly love -- and volunteering with various organizations around town.  You might recognize her from her work at the GTSC, OTP, Up North Pride, or parallel 45 (to name a few).


What's the quirkiest job you've ever had?

Assistant Florist on a flower farm in Leelanau Country.


How many states (or countries) have you lived in?

Two countries, 3 states.


You're not allowed to read for 24 hours!  What would you do?

Binge watch the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.


What's the most challenging thing about being a bookseller?

Remembering author names (I have the worst memory for names)


What are the top five most interesting things about you?

  • I lived in Japan for a year
  • I'm currently a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo
  • I was once a certified Ski Patroller and ...
  • Underwater Archaeologist!
  • I'm currently working on a book of poetry!


(Some of) Katie's Staff Picks:

Before the Coffee Gets Cold By Toshikazu Kawaguchi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335430991
Availability: Ships in 2-3 days; Not Currently In-Store
Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

This is probably one of my favorite books right now.  I was completely taken by surprise by the deeply moving exploration of grief/love/acceptance that I don't think it gets enough credit for.  I was in complete pieces at the end of it.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel (Vintage International) By Haruki Murakami Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679775430
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1998

This is another long time favorite.  I think the exploration of generational trauma post WW2 is super compelling. 

The Priory of the Orange Tree (The Roots of Chaos) By Samantha Shannon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635570304
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 18th, 2020

Women with swords?  The answer is yes.

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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1) By Tamsyn Muir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250313188
Availability: Ships in 2-3 days; Not Currently In-Store
Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

Same as above.