Hello, my name is Hanna Masaryk!
Originally from Ohio, I’m an avid reader and baker working in the publishing industry, now based out of Brooklyn, New York. I’ve been learning to bake and write for over ten years. The Piebrary I started in 2014 as a way to combine my two passions and to incentivize me to read, create, and write on a fairly regular basis.
But it’s easier to tell people I got the idea from Waitress.
I parse the book until all its many pieces are laid out on the floor; I would do this anyways because I’m a geek for book and this is fun to me. An image, theme, or character might stand out to me and I try to identify a taste or sensation from the culinary world that they remind me of. Usually this will yield a couple options for a key ingredient, and I’ll build the rest of the pie around them.
My personal reading preferences tend to be speculative – science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism mostly – and this was the basis of much of my academic coursework at NYU. I also enjoy select literary fiction and nonfiction, and in particular have been making a greater effort to move away from “The Canon” and read more diverse, contemporary voices. I’m always looking for recommendations! In my professional life I am well versed in the children’s and young adult genres through my work as a foreign literary scout.