I have worked with books for over 30 years. Born and raised in New York, I was educated at Chaminade High School in Mineola and Fordham University in the Bronx. After Fordham, I took a position in book publishing, working for the old Harper & Row Publishers, later moving over to the editorial department at Basic Books (the scholarly imprint at HarperCollins), before departing publishing for The Palmer School of Library Science at New York University.
During library school, I interned in research & cataloguing at the Frick Art Reference Library on the Upper East Side, worked at the Brooklyn Public Library's Central Branch in Park Slope, and guided researchers and scholars through the rich collections housed in the Library at the venerable New-York Historical Society on the Upper West Side.
In 2000, I began a 16-year introduction to bookselling with Bauman Rare Books in their Waldorf-Astoria and Madison Avenue galleries. In late 2007, I transferred out West to manage the newly-opened Bauman Rare Books gallery in the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas. I returned to New York in 2010 as a Senior Bookseller before relocating to the South Bay of Los Angeles in early 2016 to open Star of the Sea fine books.