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Heidi Komlofske-RojekHeidi Komlofske-Rojek
President & CEO

When I met Ross back in May 2008, he told me of this crazy idea he had to create the perfect book review publication — something he (as a voracious book reader) couldn’t find on the market. I figured it would be the perfect combination of skill sets: Ross’s connection with the publishing industry and my 20 years of graphic design and marketing experience.

Having come from the world of static design for companies (advertising, marketing collateral, website), I rolled up my sleeves and taught myself how to do what I call “fluid design” in InDesign. What I can tell you is that there were a lot of tears when it came down to the deadline wire for getting those first issues to the press. It’s been a learning process for both of us — mostly Ross learning that, no, you can’t just move a book review from one page to the other an hour before the file is due to the printer, because it will create a hole.

Fast-forward to 6 years later, and we’ve managed to create a company that is not only surviving this horrible economy, but expanding into other cities. We went from having a virtual office in Sacramento (and working from home) to moving into a real, big-boy office in Midtown Sacramento in August 2011. (I still miss working in my pajamas, though!)

What is it that I do at City Book Review, you might ask? Well, it’s certainly not much to do with the books, which people find quite odd. I remember very early on after starting the business, I had to fill out a questionnaire for an article that a local newspaper was writing on Sacramento Book Review. Ross was reviewing my answers before I sent the file back, and said “You cannot say that your favorite book is The Da Vinci Code — you can’t tell that to anyone!”  So, here I am, confessing my book sin to everyone here. I am not the literary one of this partnership. I handle more of the organization of the publicists and communications to them and our reviewers. Of course, I’m the one who’s fingerprints is all over the company, as far as design, marketing, and of course, the publications. THAT’S what I do best.

You can reach me by email or at 855-741-8810.
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Ross Rojek

I’ve been a reader since before I can remember. From growing up in a family of teachers to skipping school to spend extra time at the library, books have always been a part of my life. For almost 15 years, I retailed comics and books in Midtown and Downtown Sacramento, and in 2008, we launched the Sacramento Book Review. Together, we created a new model of book review publications while the traditional newspapers downsized or canceled their coverage of books. Since then, we started publishing San Francisco Book Review and licensing to other cities.

I am the main contact for all-things-books here at the company — from requesting which books we’d like from the catalogs, maintaining the book database, to helping to decide contents of each publication issue.

You can reach me by email or at 855-741-8810.


chris-hayden-2015-12-23Christopher Hayden
Office Manager

I attended CSU Sacramento where I got my BA in English (concentrated in Creative Writing) and a passion for writing. I work in the book room, where I connect books to reviewers—constantly learning more about the book industry than I thought existed. As Office Manager, I’m responsible for managing our 200+ reviewers.

When I’m not in the office, I fill my days with writing, music, and gaming.

You can reach me by email or at 855-741-8810.



faith_150Faith Lewis
Editorial Assistant

I’ve spent most of my life with a book in one hand and a pen in the other. In high school, I was Editor in Chief of the school newspaper for three years and I quickly went on to write for my local paper, first as an intern and then as a staff writer. I currently intern at the Sacramento based nonfiction literary magazine, Under the Gum Tree, and have various freelance projects.

I was first hired at City Book Review as a part time Editorial Assistant and am happy to now be a full time part of the team. I’m responsible for keeping our reviewers supplied with new and exciting books, managing our sponsored review program, and managing and editing much of the original content you see on the site.

At City Book Review I have the privilege of interviewing authors like Joanne Harris and Madeline Miller and I see all the season’s newest books before their release date. I have a little bit of a habit of being distracted by pretty book covers as they pass by my desk.

As an avid reader and writer, I’ve always known my love for the written word would carry me to the publishing industry. I hope my work at City Book Review plays a part in helping you find your next favorite book.

Learn more about me on my book lovers’ blog!

You can reach me by email or at 855-741-8810.


Samantha Kingsbury
Editorial Assistant

I’m currently a student at California State University: Sacramento studying under the ghost of John Gardner until I graduate this May with a BA in English. I’ve been irresponsibly obsessed with books from a young age and have thrown the majority of my money at local bookstores since I got quarters for cleaning my room. I’ve been a secret writer nearly as long and finally pursued that passion after briefly studying 3D Modeling & Animation. After I converted and shared my writing with others, I’ve been delving deeper and deeper into the abyss.

When I’m not at work, school, or working on schoolwork, I am reading, writing, looking for artists to collaborate with, gaming when I shouldn’t be, listening to music too loud, planning my escape to other countries, and serving as the Fiction Editor for my university’s literary journal.

As an Editorial Assistant, I am the gatekeeper for all incoming books. I am also responsible for ordering new titles and communicating with publicists.

You can reach me by email or at 855-741-8810.


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Joseph Arellano
Contributing Editor

I am a Contributing Editor for San Francisco Book Review (SFBR), and a Column Coordinator for the Portland Book Review (PBR). I began writing reviews, of music, rather than books, while attending the University of the Pacific (UOP); there, I wrote reviews for The Pacifican student paper and for the campus radio station, KUOP-FM. I went on to receive a Communication Arts degree from UOP and a law degree from the University of Southern California.

I have written book reviews for SFBR, PBR, San Antonio Book Review, the Tulsa Book Review, Blogcritics, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and an east coast-based online book review publication. I have maintained my own book review site, Joseph’s Reviews – recommended by the Midwest Review of Books, since June of 2009. I also write music and entertainment reviews, and conduct author and musician interviews, for Blogcritics and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

I live in Elk Grove, CA, with my wife Ruta and Sasha, the Russian Blue princess cat.


Heather Osborne

Heather Osborne
Copy Editor

Heather Osborne was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Victimology, as well as coursework in Early Childhood Education. In 2009, she met her husband and moved to Scotland, very much a dream of hers since she was a small child. Heather has been writing short stories for as long as she can remember. She also has written and directed several plays. In her spare time, Heather enjoys reading, writing (of course!), theatre, as well as caring for her young son.




Michelle BakerMichelle Baker
Copy Editor

I have been an avid reader since I was very young, also writing poetry for many years. Since adulthood took over, I studied with the Open University gaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honours in Childhood and Youth Studies, as well as a diploma in Psychology and a certificate in Social Sciences, all whilst raising three children alone. I work as a Teaching Assistant, as well as running a successful website where I am often found interviewing, writing articles or reviewing albums and books. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to work for City Book Review, I could not pass it up.


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