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.

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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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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.

Katie O-Reilly – Bookseller

Katie 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. Katie is primarily responsible for receiving, processing, and organizing Magic the Gathering cards for (what will be our basement) Another Universe. She also helps to manage book returns.

Jared Childress – Bookseller & Event Coordinator

Jared (He/Him) joined the Capital Books team in February 2021 after working as the Lead Bookseller at Underground Books where he assisted the local independent bookstore with their grand re-opening, events, and social media. Jared is a lifelong reader, writer, and a true bookseller at heart. Jared loves connecting with customers and helping them find their next favorite book.

He’s also a full-time college student whose future plans include teaching high school History/English and working as a published writer.

In his spare time, you will find Jared reading QTBIPOC literature, sparring guys at his boxing gym, and engaging in long heartfelt conversations with his friends.

Jared is our Event Coordinator, in addition to helping customers find that perfect book. You can reach him at

Haileigh Pitts – Bookseller

We actually brought Haileigh on in the middle of crazy holiday shopping 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 comes to us from previously working for St. John’s Program for Change. Prior to that, she worked for State Farm and Allstate insurance.

Haileigh is quickly learning about selling books. You’ll find her working on the first floor or running up and down our three+ flights of stairs (I think her record is 58 flights in one day!

Faith Emmert – Bookseller

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.

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.

Ashley Ford – Bookseller

Bio coming soon!

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.