Born and raised in Reno, NV on Washoe land, Katie eventually made her way to Los Angeles on Gabrielino-Tongva land via Spokane, WA on Spokane land, where she earned her B.A. from Whitworth University and Sheffield, UK, where she earned her M.A. from the University of Sheffield. She managed the Last Bookstore, located in downtown Los Angeles, for a decade. She now owns her own business, Orphan Books, Inc., and if you ever need help putting together a home library, set/prop library, or a bookstore, she’s your gal. She’s also in the process of opening a mobile bookstore, so she can take books to neighborhoods in LA without a permanent bookstore to call their own. If you’d like to support that work, you can do so here:

Her writing can be found on LitHub and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and interviews with her can be found in publications such as the New York Times and Open Skies magazine, as well as with Los Angeles’s CBS, WB, and NBC affiliates. Her debut book, Read Me, Los Angeles published in March 2020. 

Author Photo Katie Orphan
Photo by Evangeline Lee