About

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Short biography: Alexandria Brown is a queer Black librarian, local historian, writer, and author. They are an Ignyte award winning and Hugo award nominated writer and critic who covers speculative fiction and young adult literature for Tor.com, Locus Magazine, NPR Books, and elsewhere. They also write on topics such as queerness, Black history, librarianship, and pop culture.

Medium biography: Alexandria Brown is a queer Black librarian, local historian, writer, and author of two books on the history Napa County, California’s marginalized communities. They have a BA with honors in Anthropology and Sociology, a Master’s of Library and Information Science, and a Master’s in US History. They are an Ignyte award winning and Hugo award nominated writer and critic who covers speculative fiction and young adult literature for Tor.com, Locus Magazine, NPR Books, and elsewhere. They also write on topics such as queerness, Black history, librarianship, and pop culture.

Long biography: Alexandria Brown is a queer Black librarian, local historian, writer, and author of two books on local marginalized history: Lost Restaurants of Napa Valley and Their Recipes and Hidden History of Napa Valley. They have a BA with honors in Anthropology and Sociology, a Master’s of Library and Information Science, and a Master’s in US History, specializing in Black history in Napa, California. They are an Ignyte award winning and Hugo award nominated writer and critic who covers speculative fiction and young adult literature for Tor.com, Locus Magazine, NPR Books, and elsewhere. Their work on local marginalized history, librarianship, and diversity has also appeared in publications such as the Lee & Low Blog, Napa Valley Life Magazine, Napa Valley Register, Mill Valley Historical Society Review, Booklist, etc. Their librarianship experience includes archives, special historical collections, and public, academic, and school libraries,. Alex lives in California with their pet rat and ever-increasing piles of books. 

Their first book, Hidden History of Napa Valley, a historical non-fiction examination of marginalized communities in the North Bay. Their second book, Lost Restaurants of Napa Valley and Their Recipes, is a look at the history of food in Napa County: why we eat, what we eat, who prepares it, and the BIPOC, women, and/or immigrants who changed the definition of “American food.” Both are available everywhere books are sold.