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.

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.

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Anara Guard – Bookseller

Anara is a trained librarian who spent years working on public health projects. Now she focuses her time on the writing life: as a small publisher (New Wind Publishing), author (short stories, children’s picture books, and a forthcoming poetry collection), and spending time at Capital Books. She can recommend novels and memoirs to you, as well as children’s books.

Nicole Rosen – Receiving

Nicole’s primary responsibilities are receiving incoming shipments of books and processing books that ship out to customers. The thing she loves to do most is keep us organized! 

Erica Cruz – Bookseller

Erica chose Capital Books as her high school internship project for 2019/20 through The Met High School. Now that she graduated, we hired her fulltime while she attends college. You’ll find Erica working the bookstore floors with Alex.

Katy O-Reilly – Bookseller

Katy may be familiar to Downtown regulars. Her mom owns Goodie Tuchews on L Street (across from the Capitol). She attends Sac City College and spends her free time playing video games and reading. She is also heavily involved with Chalk It Up.

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. She’ll give a good snuggle on the rug in the Children’s area if you want to read a book to her.

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