Staff Profile: Sylvie-Marie Drescher

When did you arrive at Bookshop Santa Cruz and what role do you have there?

I started working at Bookshop in July of 2012 to help with the launch of the self-publishing program, for which I provide design and print options for local authors. I tackle everything from e-book conversions to cover design, and in 2013 I started overseeing the consignment program as well, which allows local authors to have their books sold through Bookshop.

What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work and the contributions you can make?

I enjoy helping people express themselves creatively. I’ve always worked in art/graphic production, where I’ve been able to help people translate their ideas into different mediums, whether for print or the web. I get really excited about working with young writers and think providing avenues for young people to share their ideas is essential to any community’s success. The exchange of information and ideas is one of our most powerful tools for helping us to understand each other and to relate to one another. It’s very satisfying to help someone bring their ideas to a wider audience.

What books are you working on at the moment?

I just finished up an illustrated collection of noir short stories that features cocktail pairings for each tale that was a lot of fun to layout aesthetically, along with a cookbook for kids, and then I’m about to start on both a print and e-book of Santa Cruz history and folklore that’s been compiled by a local researcher and historian who works with the MAH [Museum of Art and History].

Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

In my studio working on art projects or on a hike with my pup Benny. I spend as many days off as I can looking for new places around the Bay Area to explore for inspiration for creative projects. I will never say no to meeting up with friends for food or to see a movie, and I am an insatiable film nerd and love that we have two art house theaters in town to help feed my addiction.

What book do you wish you had written?

The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd. Not only was the original hardback edition beautifully designed by Kidd, who is one of my favorite book designers, but as it turns out he’s really good at writing books too. The story is a must-read for anyone who has gone to art school or thought about going into art and design for a career. It’s a bit Mad Men: The Art School Years.


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