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.


     

Ciera Miller

Bookseller

Ciera was born and raised in Detroit, Mi and love exploring the city.  When she's not finding new coffee shops or touring museums, Ciera is earning her BA in political science, being coerced into going outside by her dogs, and buying way more books than she actually needs. 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

India Solomon

Social Media Manager/Bookseller

India specializes in design strategy and social media. You can catch India in the store a few times a week, and when she’s not at Pages, she’s working on her design practice [indiasolomon.com] and her community development consulting practice [gocityshares.com]. Right now, India is bouncing between “Tarot for Change” by Jessica Dore and “Fire Keeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley. You’ll be seeing more of India’s face as she keeps you up to speed through our socials!
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Fordon

Events Coordinator

Kelly Fordon’s latest short story collection  I Have the Answer (Wayne State University Press, 2020) was chosen as a Midwest Book Award Finalist and an Eric Hoffer Finalist. Her 2016 Michigan Notable Book, Garden for the Blind, (WSUP), was an INDIEFAB Finalist, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, Eric Hoffer Finalist, and an IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist. Her first full-length poetry collection, Goodbye Toothless House, (Kattywompus Press, 2019) was an Eyelands International Prize Finalist and an Eric Hoffer Finalist and was adapted into a play, written by Robin Martin, which was published in The Kenyon Review Online.  She is the author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks and has received a Best of the Net Award and Pushcart Prize nominations in three different genres.She also runs a monthly short fiction podcast called "Let's Deconstruct a Story." www.kellyfordon.com
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abby Rubin

Children's Curator

Hailing from Cleveland, Abby has happily been calling Detroit home since 2014. 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 youth and teen librarian at Westland Public Library. When Abby isn't reading books, or reading about books, she spends her time exploring new crafts. In her spare time, she runs an Etsy store where she makes and sells handwoven friendship bracelets and phone cords.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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!”