Ross Rojek – Co-Owner

Ross cut his teeth at bookselling at the young age of just 25, when he opened his first comic book store in Sacramento. He spent the next 15 years opening more stores across the country. Fast forward to 2004, when he closed the comic book stores and began researching the best way to start a book review company. That was born in 2008 with Heidi. One thing led to another, and he opened Capital Books in 2019, bringing his vast knowledge of books and publishing. He’s in charge of buying the books in the store. He’s generally your go-to for book recommendations.

Favorite book genres:

  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • History

Heidi Rojek – Co-Owner

As the marketing, graphic design, and website arm of the team, Heidi is responsible for the design of the store, social media, author events, and the front end of the website. She’ll be your go-to for cookbook advice and anything to do with children’s books.

You can reach her at

Rachael Muro – General Manager

Rachael has 12 years of experience after working for Barnes & Noble. She’s worked in all of the departments, including the cafe as a barista. She is experienced in merchandising, receiving, and inventory management. For Capital Books, she manages all of the employees and assists with book buying.

She enjoys reading graphic novels and magical realism, gardening, and taking care of her house plants.

Faith Emmert – Assistant Manager

Faith is a Sacramento native. She grew up in bookstores. A love of books runs in her family, and she definitely carries that forward. She loves reading anything with a good story and rich characters and is partial to romance, fantasy, and happy endings. She’s happy to help you find the perfect story to escape — be it, fiction, fantasy, young adult literature, and more. You’ll see Faith managing the bookstore floor from Mondays – Fridays. She’s a wealth of book information, so don’t be shy in asking her for a recommendation.

In her spare time, she enjoys safely socializing with friends, baking, supporting Sacramento’s amazing food scene, and, of course, reading. Her pre-pandemic activities included dancing Lindy Hop at Midtown Stomp in West Sacramento socially and as a part of their dance teams, attending plays and musicals, and movie nights with friends.

Favorite book genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Young Adult
  • Feminist
  • Social Justice
  • Public Policy

Haileigh Pitts – Facilities Manager

We actually brought Haileigh on in the middle of crazy 2020 holiday shopping season to help get us through. We loved her so much that we hired her full-time! She is this amazing bright light at the bookstore—great attitude and infectious personality. She’s since been promoted to Facilities Manager for both the bookstore, Another Universe, and our sister board gaming cafe down the street.

You’ll find her working on the first floor or running up and down our three+ flights of stairs (her record is 58 flights in one day!) or walking back and forth from each of our stores with the wagon.

Ashley Ford – Bookseller

Ashley is a sucker for stories about sisters, dysfunctional families, or sweeping generational epics. She doesn’t need her characters to be likeable or her endings to be wrapped up nice and tidy (the more ambiguous the better), but she’s not above a good romance. Is there a touch of magic realism? She’ll eat it up. A good memoir? Yes please! Lately, she’s been really into stories about witches. And she tries to read #ownvoices whenever possible. When not at the shop, Ashley can be found playing games or having reading dates with her husband, marveling at the antics of her two kids and dog, hosting her people around her table, staring at the moon, and hunting down the perfect bold lipstick.

She works part-time here, and you’ll typically find her organizing books on the shelves or doing returns.

Favorite genres:

  • Literary Fiction/General Fiction


Katie O’Reilly – Magic Cards & Games

Katie may be familiar to Downtown regulars. Her mom owns Goodie Tuchews on L Street (across from the Capitol). She manages our Magic the Gathering card sales (both online and in the store). When Another Universe opens, she’ll be on that floor to assist everyone with games and cards.

Katie spends her free time playing video games and reading She is also heavily involved with Chalk It Up. 

Favorite book genres:

  • Manga

Jacob Carpenter – Bookseller & Magic Cards

Jacob is a high school senior who works here part-time on weekends. You can find him helping customers on our main floor, but he’ll transition to helping out on the Another Universe floor when that opens in the Winter. He’s an expert at Magic the Gathering, so feel free to talk to him about cards.

Favorite book genres:

  • Classics
  • Dystopian Science Fiction

Kat Hansel – Bookseller

Katarina (Kat) works part-time for Capital Books. You’ll find her either helping to receive books in our office or talking to customers. She’ll also begin helping at our There and Back Again cafe down the street when that opens.

Lily – Bookstore Dog

Lily is the main attraction for the bookstore, believe it or not. We have people come in just for her. She’s responsible for greeting each and every customer. She takes her job very seriously, too. 

Favorite things:

  • Laying on Faith’s feet behind the counter
  • Conning each of us into giving her a treat, as if she hasn’t had many during the day
  • Kids reading to her on the rug