About

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Short biography: Alexandria Brown is a queer Black librarian, local historian, writer, and author. She writes about speculative fiction and young adult literature for Tor.com and Locus Magazine, as well as on her blog. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access set the foundation of all her work. 

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. She has a BA with honors in Anthropology and Sociology, a Master’s of Library and Information Science, and a Master’s in US History. She writes about speculative fiction and young adult literature for Tor.com and Locus Magazine, as well as on her blog. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access set the foundation of all her work. 

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. She has 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 Northern California. She writes about science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including adult and YA fiction, for Tor.com, Locus Magazine, and her blog bookjockeyalex.com. Her work on local marginalized history, librarianship, and diversity work have also appeared on the Lee & Low Blog, Napa Valley Life Magazine, and elsewhere. As a librarian, she has worked in archives, special historical collections, and public, academic, and school libraries, and working with teens is her favorite part of the job. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access set the foundation of all her work. Alex lives in Southern California with her pet rats and ever-increasing piles of books.

Her first book, Hidden History of Napa Valley, a historical non-fiction examination of marginalized communities in the North Bay. Her second book, Lost Restaurants of Napa Valley and Their Recipes, is an examination of food history 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.” Both are available everywhere books are sold.