With NaRMo underway, we thought it was only fitting to interview Ashley Zaleppa, the State University of New York Geneseo Barnes & Noble Bookstore manager for our blog! Ashley is a SUNY alumni and has a successful career focused on literature and a face many of us recognize from our time spent in the school bookstore. Since the bookstore, along with Milne Library, is one of Geneseo’s hot spots to find new literature we wanted to ask her a few questions:
1.What initially sparked your interest in books? When did you know you wanted to pursue a career involving literature?
I have always loved to read. I actually have a BA from SUNY Brockport in English with a concentration in Literature. I started working at the Brockport bookstore during my junior year. A few years after graduating, I decided to come back to the Bookstore because I love all aspects of this job from students, faculty, and staff to being involved in different activities on campus, such as book signings.
- What is it like to run a bookstore, here in Geneseo? What is your favorite part of your job?
I have worked at 4 different campus stores throughout my career but Geneseo is by far my favorite. The whole campus community is extremely welcoming and helpful. That is one of my favorite parts of my job, is being able to go out on campus and meet new people.
- Who is your favorite author? What is your favorite book? Why?
I do not have a particular favorite author. I am pretty open to read anything, especially if I get a great recommendation. One of my favorite books would have to be Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It was a beautifully descriptive book that I could not put down. I actually have no interest in seeing the movie because they merged two major characters into one and I just think takes away from the storyline in the book.
- What do you believe to be the importance of book reviews?
If I am not intrigued by a book in the first few chapters, chances are I will go onto another book. That is why reviews are extremely important for a reader like myself. I need to be pulled in before I even start reading the book.
We would like to thank Ashley for taking the time to participate in this interview and hope her words inspired some of you to check out a new read or submit a book review for an old one! Be sure to check out the Barnes & Noble college blog, College Juice, for more tips and tricks and go visit the Geneseo Barnes & Noble bookstore when you get the chance! #GetReviewing