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Meet Our Editors

Our small team of editors reads every book and reviews every product featured in the Bas Bleu catalog (with the exception of Reader Reviews). Our editorial team has a combined fifty years experience writing for Bas Bleu...and the company is only twenty-five years old! In fact, our brand manager is Bas Bleu's longest standing employee.: She started out in 1995 taking customer calls and writing catalog copy, and grew along with the company. Notice the initials in parentheses at the end of every book review? That identifies its writer, a reminder that the folks in our editorial office are real, avid readers...just like you!

Christie Hall (CH): Brand Manager

Ideal Genre: science for poets; and memoirs that bestow hope, wisdom, and/or a good laugh

Hobbies (besides reading): working crosswords, building towers with my two-year-old, rolling with the Bowl Weevils on casual league night, floating (lake or ocean)

Other Jobs I've Had: ice cream scooper, ballroom dance instructor

Secret Talent: nimbly catching things I clumsily knock over

Favorite Indulgence: another dozen East Coast oysters

Backup Career: air hockey hustler/sommelier

Ann Gregory (AG): Merchandising Manager

Ideal genre: literary true crime

Hobbies (besides reading): jogging (both for exercise and after my kids), traveling, crossword puzzling, listening to podcasts, falling asleep during movies

Other Jobs I've Had: fast-food drive-through worker, video store clerk, magazine intern, production editor at publishing house

Secret Talent: matchmaking

Favorite Indulgence: warm chocolate croissant and a latte

Backup Career: rescue dachshund farm owner

Aisha Anderson (AA): Merchandising & Purchasing Analyst

Ideal Genre: Urban Contemporary Fiction, Nonfiction

Hobbies (besides reading): Jogging, working out, going to my kids games

Other Jobs I've Had: mostly all in Merchandising/Advertising, but I have taught workout classes

Secret Talent: Ice Skating

Favorite Indulgence: chocolate-specifically Turtles, and Raisinets

Backup Career: Helping people/consulting, making jewelry, and having a food truck

Rachel Radomski (RR): Literary Merchandising Associate

Ideal Genre: literary fiction carved out new meaning for me in college, and nothing else affects me in quite the same way…although a good twisty thriller comes close

Hobbies (besides reading): collecting stray cats and draping plants, redecorating once a month, and cooking while dancing around the kitchen to my favorite music (also listening to music, in general)

Other Jobs I've Had: ballet instructor, event coordinator, assistant to Wisconsin construction mogul

Secret Talent: finding excuses to stay home

Favorite Indulgence: homemade mac & cheese, a fresh salad, and a glass of wine paired with an episode of Gilmore Girls

Backup Career: writer in a cabin on the lake with too many pets, a communal garden, and renewable energy

Honor Chotkowski (HC): Literary Merchandising Associate

Ideal Genre: niche histories, science and medicine, mysteries with complex characters

Hobbies (besides reading): learning new crafts, art and DIY, being walked by my dog, cooking elaborate meals

Other Jobs I've Had: stylist, server, camp counselor

Secret Talent: using every dish I own when cooking

Favorite Indulgence: pizza, Family Feud, and an ice-cold beer

Backup Career: Michelin food critic or casting director

Hannah Harper (HH): Merchandising & Administrative Assistant

Ideal Genre: mystery/thriller, historical fiction, and anything with an unpredictable twist

Hobbies (besides reading): solitaire, group exercise classes, and pursuing farmer’s markets, antique shops, and thrift storess

Other Jobs I've Had: daycare teacher, hair salon receptionist, college dean’s office receptionist, HVAC company receptionist

Secret Talent: cat whisperer

Favorite Indulgence: iced coffee (at any point in the day/year) and caprese sandwiches

Backup Career: an extra in any Marvel movie

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