Meet the Team

Susan Murphy

Owner and Chief Curator

Susan was born and raised in metro Detroit. She earned a BS in Computer Science from Oakland University, a MBA from Northwestern and a MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) from Wayne State University. Susan chose to open Pages Bookshop in Detroit’s historic Grandmont Rosedale primarily to reach out children of all ages and help encourage them to read. Research has demonstrated that children who learn to enjoy reading become better writers and communicators. She loves talking with customers, learning what books they’re reading and offering suggestions. Once she knows her regular customers, Susan takes the time to order books she believes they’ll like for their review. In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading, exploring different neighborhoods in Detroit and traveling, both domestically and internationally.

Jazmine Cooper

Black Lit/Poetry Curator and Web Order Manager

 

Though born and raised with maize and blue, Jazmine considers Detroit home. Moving to Detroit to attend Wayne State University in 2012, she fell in love with the city as a student, moved back to Ann Arbor, then returned in 2019. With her BA in English Literature, she has worked in libraries and law firms but found her place at Pages. She uses her role to uplift marginalized voices in all genres, especially in science fiction and fantasy. When she's not reading, she's writing fiction, poetry, blog posts, and long-form reviews for her website jortavia.com. She's also the leader of the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club chapter in Detroit.  

     

Alex Fluegel

Social Media Manager

 

Alex is the person behind the screen of Pages’ social media. When she’s not writing captions or looking up the latest optimal image sizes, she’s likely reading or taking a bath — often, both — to escape the Internet. She moved to Detroit in 2015 where she worked as the web editor for Detroit Metro Times and later co-founded a wellness center for moms called Detroit Mama Hub. She now lives in southwest Germany with her partner T.J., one spirited child, Sadie, and a dog called Winnie.  

Erin Gold

Event Manager

Originally from Ann Arbor, Erin has lived all around the world but is thankful to now call Detroit home. She has a BA in International Relations, but since graduating from Dickinson College, Erin has done in her own words "a little bit of a lot of things." Similar to her reading choices, Erin has let her interests lead her from job to the next and she couldn't be happier that she found her way to Pages. She loves interacting with customers, meeting new authors, and thinking up inventive ways the bookshop can collaborate with other Detroit artists and organizations. When she is not in the bookshop or reading, Erin can be found working as a freelance writer, going to a variety of Detroit based events, or traveling abroad. 
 

Abby Rubin

Pop Culture Curator

Hailing from Cleveland, Abby has happily been a Detroiter for the past five years. She earned her BA in organizational studies at the University of Michigan and her MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) from Wayne State University. She is also a children's librarian at Detroit Public Library. In her spare time, Abby is an avid reader, particularly of anything from the DC universe. She also makes friendship bracelets for her Etsy store Strings The Thing. 

Pip

Feline in Residence

In the long-standing tradition of bookshop cats, Pip is a distinguished member. Over her five years, Pip – originally a rescue kitten – has lived with Susan, her daughter, and even Leighton for a while. About one year ago, she moved into the store. A naturally pretty, friendly and curious cat, Pip is an ideal addition to events and she loves meeting new people. She’s so good at it that an attendee recently told Susan, “I don’t even like cats, but I think I like Pip!”