At Paperback Paris, we pride ourselves on teamwork. Meet the team of contributors, writers, and editors responsible for making the Paperback Paris book community as awesome as it is.
Founder/Editor-in-chief, Paris Close
Paris is a writer and editor, and the creator behind Paperback Paris. Michigander by accident, Paris earned his BA in English with a double minor in both writing and journalism from Aquinas College in 2014. Since then, he’s served as entertainment and lifestyle writer for websites like Crushable (currently Alloy), Elite Daily, Teen, PopCrush, and elsewhere. When Paris isn’t making his bank account bleed, he’s probably somewhere double-tapping his way through Andy Cohen’s Instagram.
Favorite books: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.
Staff Writer, Melissa Ratcliff
Melissa’s love for books started with Harry Potter when she was just 7-years-old. 18 years later, Melissa continues to collect books and still holds a special place in her heart for Harry Potter and the world of magic and fantasy. Her aspiration to become an editor led her to pursue a BA in English literature from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Pair that with a passion for learning and an interest in Japan (where she ended up following the path of translation as well), Melissa pursued a second degree in East Asian Studies, with a concentration in Japanese language, literature, and culture, with hopes of one day bringing more Japanese works to English-speaking audiences.
When Melissa isn’t reading a book, she can be found playing video games of all types or spending time with her two cats, Alice and Luca.
Favorite books: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling and The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.
Contributing Writer, Leah Rodriguez
Leah is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she majored in English, with minors in both journalism and history. She wrote for The Review and UDress magazine during her time there, though she spent most of her freedom lurking in the stacks at Morris Library, where she worked; getting paid to check books out to people with first dibs on new arrivals? You bet she was there. Since leaving the university, Leah still works (and reads) in her home state.
Favorite books: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and The Waves by Virginia Woolf.
Contributing Writer, Alicia LeBoeuf
Alicia is a college student from Wisconsin who is proud to call herself an English major and communication minor. Her favorite thing to do is read, but when she’s not engrossed in a good book, you can find her working on her writing, exploring the outdoors, visiting coffeehouses, or spending time with friends and family. You can find more of Alicia’s writing on her blog, Wander the Mountains.
Favorite books: The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Affinity by Sarah Waters, and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
Contributing Writer, Jessica Duffield
Jessica is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. She obviously loves to read all kinds of novels, but also enjoys watching sports as well (The Royals and the Chiefs are her favorite teams!) It should also be known that Jessica has an odd obsession with Jimmy Fallon, and runs her own blog called Jessica’s a Book Lover.
Favorite books: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah and the Selection series by Kiera Cass.
Social: You can follow Jessica on Twitter @jessduff101.
Contributing Writer, Justine Goode
Justine is from Los Angeles, California and has never really wanted to do anything other than read and write. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2016 with a BA in English, and currently interns for the website Girls At Library (which you should probably check out, like, right now).
Favorite books: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris and Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem.
Contributing Writer, Carliann Rittman
Carliann is originally from Ohio but currently attends NYU, where she studies media, culture, and communications and creative Writing. She spends most of her time dancing around to Prince and David Bowie in oversized hoodies, but when she’s not doing that, she’s either reading or in a bookstore, probably excitedly getting lost in the aisles of The Strand. Her ideal life is one where she gets to read and freak out about the magic of words every day.
Favorite books: I Love Dick by Chris Kraus, Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson (and everything else she’s ever written), The Andy Warhol Diaries edited by Pat Hackett.
Social: You can follow Carliann on Goodreads (which she obnoxiously brags is her “favorite form of social media”).