Hello, my name is Hanna Masaryk!
Originally from Ohio, I’m an avid reader (both personally and professionally, as a freelancer) and baker now based out of Brooklyn, New York. I’ve been learning to bake 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.
I parse a book until all its many pieces are laid out on the floor. 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. Professionally I specialize in children’s and young adult literature, and have 5+ years of publishing industry experience.
I’m always open to recommendations! (But I charge for professional reads)