About the Staff & Ideal Bookshelves

To edit Brillat-Savarin, "Tell me what you read, and I will tell you what you are." We have a staff of dedicated and passionate readers with a wide variety of taste and expertise. We figured the easiest way to introduce oursevles to you, is by sharing our Ideal Bookshelves. These are the books we believe define and describe us as readers. Stay tuned for more information about our booksellers.


Before his life with Porter Square Books, David read mostly 19th and early 20th century fiction. He has diversified and loves history (especially US colonial history), literary fiction, historical fiction and good science writing. Still not poetry, though. And of course always happy to have a healthy dose of Dickens or Thomas Hardy. David can be reached at david@portersquarebooks.com


Dina met David while browsing books. She never dreamed that 25 years later she would be working alongside him at a bookstore.  She loves getting books into the hands of families so kids will fall in love with reading. When she is not doing something book related she enjoys spending time outside, playing guitar and hanging out with her family and friends. Dina can be reached at dina@portersquarebooks.com


















Josh Cook, along with being a bookseller on the floor, is the marketing director and magazine buyer, and one of the co-owners. He started with Porter Square Books way back at the very beginning in 2004 as one of the first booksellers hired from the Porter Square area. As a bookseller, Josh sees himself as an advocate for the weird books, books in translation, books from small presses, and books from marginalized communities that don’t otherwise get the attention they deserve. He is also the author of An Exaggerated Murder, has one of the most literary tattoos you’ll ever see, and watches way more sports than you would probably expect. He can be reached at josh@portersquarebooks.com.


Katie has studied comparative literature, psychology, and library science. She started at Porter Square Books as a part time bookseller during graduate school before transitioning to the sidelines buyer position in 2016. Her responsibilities include purchasing gift and stationery products, merchandising, and creating curated displays in the store. She'll read anything that sounds interesting, but is always drawn to school stories, big old houses, fantasy, family dramas, and psychological thrillers. When not reading she loves to travel (mostly for the food) and work on her latest craft project. 










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Ideal Bookshelf for Marika

Marika McCoola is the Book Fair Manager and one of the co-owners. She's been working at indie bookstores around New England for almost a decade and is also an author, illustrator, and adjunct professor specializing in illustrated books, children's literature, and graphic novels. A New York Times bestselling author, Marika's first book, Baba Yaga's Assistant, also won a New England Book Award and was nominated for an Eisner Award. She can be reached at bookfairs@portersquarebooks.com


Ideal Bookshelf for CalebCaleb Bollenbacher is a former globe-trotter and current bookseller. Having grown up overseas, he'd love to help you find books that get you to your new favorite destination, whether it's in our world or somewhere much further away. His reading tastes are fairly broad - he'll read the odd cookbook or memoir, just to keep things fresh - but he will happily talk any and all things graphic novel, and as a recent graduate of Simmons' Writing for Children MFA program is eager to see reading habits develop in younger audiences. When Caleb's not selling books he's writing them.


Kate joined the Porter Square Books team in 2016. In addition to working on the floor as a bookseller, she can be spotted helping out in the back office, working with our book fairs, hosting Poets & Pints, and selling books at the occasional offsite event. She reads all over the map but particularly enjoys poetry, nature writing, and speculative fiction. She tries to prioritize works by new voices and writers from marginalized communities. She's been a professional actor and competitive ski racer, has climbed Kilimanjaro, and plays piano and Appalachian dulcimer.


Ideal Bookshelf for MatthewMatthew Reese has been a bookseller at Porter Square Books since 2016. He passionately advocates for old books and old ideas, but also enjoys books on the way new technologies and trends impact past ways of thinking. In addition to book selling, Matthew is a professional dog walker and looks forward to writing his eventual memoir of a Boston dog walker.


Stacey Morin is an ex-engineer who decided to return to an old love of reading and writing. She is also a crafter, amateur musician, animal lover, and gardener. She’s interested in knowing at least a little about everything, so my reading selection tends to be all over the place. She loves YA, sci-fi/fantasy, and poetry, and I usually have a sociology or social ethics book going at the same time. She’s currently working to train a stubborn pittie puppy (named Sherlock Bones) who - along with two feline overseers - keeps her busy.


Shana is usually wearing a nerdy t-shirt, and yes, they are happy to tell you all about it. Shana is very passionate about science fiction and fantasy, especially ones from diverse authors about diverse characters. If you want science fiction and fantasy with queer or gender-nonconforming protagonists, they have you covered. In addition to bookselling, Shana works as a software engineer. They also love comics and cartoons, and have a special soft spot for franchise spin-off books.