A member of Phi Beta Kappa and the valedictorian of his class at Hunter College, Chris went on to work in the restaurant business before joining us in 1988. In short time, his interest in and knowledge of history and literature made him a natural to assume the responsibilities of store buyer and manager, positions he holds to this day. Chris abides by the following, “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”


A magna cum laude graduate from Boston College with a major in English, Nick continued his education at Columbia University where he received an MA in English and Comparative Literature. Before coming to The Corner Bookstore, Nick worked as a math teacher, a graduate research assistant, and an editorial intern. Nick joined our sales staff in 2004, and is now our office manager and events coordinator for our frequent authors’ readings. “Of all my responsibilities in the bookstore, my favorite is organizing our readings for first-time authors. They bring such excitement and enthusiasm with them!”


When Robert joined us in 2004, he brought 12 years of experience with him having worked in such well–known independent bookstores at Kroch’s & Brentano’s, in Chicago, and Madison Avenue Bookshop, in New York, where he brought quality service to customers, including personal shopping, corporate gift selections, and out-of-print searches. “George Orwell once said, ‘Bookselling is a humane trade which is not capable of being vulgarized beyond a certain point,’ and I’m trying everyday to make the above stay true.”


A graduate of Yale University with a major in film and media studies, Rebecca went on to Housing Works Bookstore Café helping customers find books and writing staff recommendations. Here, at The Corner Bookstore, she is especially fond of the belles-lettres section, where she’s happy to share her favorites with you. When not at the bookstore, Rebecca writes and directs short films, many of which are inspired by works of literature.