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Stephen Sparks

Stephen Sparks was a manager and new book buyer at Green Apple Books in San Francisco for nearly ten years. In 2014, he opened and ran Green Apple Books on the Park, the newest branch of the 50-year-old institution, and he is the current co-owner of Point Reyes Books with his wife, Molly Parent. In the middle of his tenure at Green Apple, he spent a year in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where he finished graduate school (an MLIS degree from San Jose State) and worked for a non-profit literary publisher, Dalkey Archive Press. Before coming west, Stephen ran a bookstore in Ocean City, New Jersey that was part of a small regional chain along the NJ shore. Stephen is a member of the steering committee for the Bay Area Book Festival, and serves on the boards of Dorothy, a publishing project, Open Letter Books, and the Center for the Art of Translation. He has served as a juror for various literary prices prizes, including the Best Translated Book Award, the ABA’s Indies Choice Award, and two NEA juries. His writing has appeared in the Paris Review DailyMusic & Literature magazine, Tin HouseBOMBThe Scofield, and elsewhere. He is the editor of a series for Literary Hub about bookselling in the 21st century, and the editor of Ingram Publishing Group’s quarterly poetry newsletter.