Kristin Pidgeon, Buyer
Kristin is the manager of the Riverstone Bookstore. An experienced bookseller and inventory manager, Kristin is a voracious reader of all genres. She particularly enjoys fiction and American history, especially history that features women’s contributions to the past. With two children, she also spends a lot of time reading aloud and has many favorite picture books and early reader chapter books. Her favorite part of working in a bookstore is helping unite customers with their new favorite books. See Kristin’s book recommendations here.
Christine Yockel, Store Manager
Christine is the manager of Riverstone Bookstore. Her main sources of fuel are coffee and coffee. She loves words in all forms — reading them, writing them, listening to them. When Christine is not here at the store, she’s at home getting bossed around by a toddler or reading on her front porch (weather permitting). In addition to reading, she enjoys nurturing and harvesting the fruits and vegetables in her small city garden and homebrewing with her husband.
Kelly Lynn Thomas, Bookseller
Kelly reads widely, from science fiction and fantasy to literary fiction and history. You can see what she’s reading and enjoying now on Goodreads. Outside of her work at Riverstone, Kelly writes speculative fiction and spends too much time drinking chai lattes in local coffee shops or hanging out in parks with her dogs. She wants to be Ursula K. Le Guin when she grows up. Get in touch with Kelly via email at kelly[at]
Amy Cooknick, Bookseller & Storytime Presenter
Amy D., Bookseller
Amy has two kids, two cats and one husband. She was a stay-at-home mom for several years before earning her M.Ed. in School Counseling. Amy enjoys memoirs, nonfiction and fiction. Her goal is to be awake enough that she can read for more than ten minutes each night once again. Her favorite thing about working in the bookstore is being around people who are happy and excited about books! See Amy’s book recommendations here.
Katie grew up on Judy Blume and she still reads mostly ya fiction. Her absolute favorite series is Harry Potter, and it led her on a path of lifelong anglophilia. She can often be found hanging out on Tumblr or at author signings. Her favorite thing about working in a bookstore is living up to the title of “book jockey” and meeting so many people who are similarly passionate about books. See Katie’s book recommendations here.
A native Minnesotan, Natalie has been living in Pittsburgh for eight years. When she’s not reading fiction of all kinds, she teaches and performs classical harp. She also enjoys biking on the riverfront trails and practicing yoga. Natalie is finishing up a year-long challenge of reading only women authors. Her favorite thing about working in a bookstore is sharing book recommendations with customers. See Natalie’s book recommendations here.