Ross Rojek (he/him) – 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

Reach him at

Heidi Rojek (she/her) – 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. Once our gaming cafe (There and Back Again) opens in November, you’ll find her mostly down there (it’s around the corner in Cathedral Square).

Favorite book genres:

  • Cookbooks
  • Thrillers
  • Children’s
  • Gardening

You can reach her at

Faith (she/her) – Co-Manager

Faith is a Sacramento native, she comes from a family of book lovers and grew up in bookstores. 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.

Out of the shop Faith can be found with friends trying out one of Sacramento’s awesome restaurants, catching the latest Marvel release in theaters, or baking something yummy. 

Faith also helps run our social media, and plan our events

Favorite book genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Feminist and Social Justice Literature
  • Current Affairs 

Reach her at

Ashley (she/her) – Co-Manager

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.

You’ll typically find her giving out stellar recommendations, organizing books on the shelves or doing returns.

Favorite genres:

  • Literary Fiction/General Fiction
  • Romance
  • Kids


Katie (she/her) – Assistant Manager

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). She is our floor manager for “Another Universe” our floor full of Sci-Fi & Fantasy, as well as magic cards and games. 

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

Favorite book genres:

  • Manga
  • Romance
  • Fantasy

Jacob (he/him) – 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
  • Poetry

Phoenix (they/them) – Bookseller

Phoenix is a part-time bookseller while attending high school as a sophomore. They are here as part of our intern program, which gives young people an opportunity to get paid to learn the bookselling trade and get experience for their resume.

What we love about Phoenix? Some of the staff grabbed a book to have in their photo, and Phoenix grabbed this cactus! They enjoy playing roller derby, has been playing D&D since they were 5 years old, and they make paper frogs.


  • Graphic novels
  • Anything with LGBTQ representation
  • Games, especially D&D and role-playing games
  • Fav games: Pandemic, Exploding Kittens, and Betrayal at House on the Hill

Jonathan — Dungeon Master

Jonathan is a Detroit native. He spent 12 years in the military and got his love for reading while on deployments and different travel experiences during his service. His favorite genre is sci-fi, and really enjoys graphic novels as well. In his spare time, he’s a college student. He hosts a podcast and collects pop culture action figures, such as Star Wars, TMNT, and Funko Pops.

You’ll find Jonathan working mostly in our basement—Another Universe.


  • Science Fiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • Musicology
  • Fantasy
  • Filmography

Katarina (Kat) (she/her) – 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.


  • Games
  • Young adult
  • Fantasy

Haileigh (she/her) – 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.

Reach her at

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

Reach Lily at (kidding)

Fern – Bookstore Puppy in Training

Fern is Assistant Manager Katie’s pride and joy. She’s the most chill puppy you ever did see and loves nothing more than to sit in your lap as you work or read.

Favorite things:

  • Taking her leash in her mouth to walk herself over to customers
  • Turning the puppy dog eyes on people for extra pets
  • Her adoring fans

Reach Fern at @bookstorefern on IG (not kidding)