Pittsburgh native Kate Weiss-Duncan became the new manager of the Penguin Bookshop following the June 16 departure of previous manager Maryanne Eichorn.
At 26 years old, Weiss-Duncan's new title makes her the youngest independent bookstore manager in the Pittsburgh area. She has a lot in mind for Sewickley's LEED-certified book store, which has 10 employees, and was looking forward to today's book signing event with former Pirates pitcher Steve Blass.
Patch had the opportunity to sit down with Weiss-Duncan to ask five (okay, six) questions.
Patch: How does it feel to be one of the youngest book store managers around?
Weiss-Duncan: I'm the youngest independent bookstore manager in Pittsburgh, for sure. It's an amazing opportunity. I am excited about being in this position.
Patch: How long have you been at the Penguin Bookshop?
Weiss-Duncan: Since September 2008. It was right after the remodel.
Patch: What is your favorite book or the last book you read?
Weiss-Duncan: In the last six months, "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach. That's my favorite one that I've read recently.
Patch: What's on the horizon for the bookshop?
Weiss-Duncan: We're trying to focus on bringing authors to the Sewickley area. Steve Blass is coming tomorrow. I recently traveled to New York City to talk to different publishers to bring authors to Sewickley and it went really well.
Patch: Any authors in particular?
Weiss-Duncan: To be announced.
Patch: What do you like most about Penguin Bookshop?
Weiss-Duncan: I love being around the books and talking about books with customers, hearing what people are reading and enjoying. I especially love seeing kids excited about books. It's very rewarding!
For more information about Penguin Bookshop or upcoming events, visit the store’s website at www.penguinbookshop.com.