Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff of The Twig Book Shop

Claudia Maceo, Manager, AKA Twig Big Wig

Claudia retired from teaching after 30 years and began working part time at Viva Bookstore.  One thing lead to another; before a year had gone by she had moved to The Twig and become manager just as The Twig moved to The Historic Pearl Brewery. She reads across genres, but loves fiction, poetry, and children's books the most. Matching people with books they will love is the most gratifying part of her already exciting job.

Susanna Nawrocki, Shrewd Book Buyer Revered By All

Susanna is the "semi-retired" former manager of The Twig Book Shop, who doggedly creates purchase orders by pouring over restock reports, receiving special customer orders from the store and online, and working with publisher reps who sing her praises!

Miss Anastasia McKenna, Storytelling Goddess

She has her own link on this website.  Look for the Twiglet drop down tab.

Nancy Gebhardt, AKA Harry Potter Trivia Champ

"After teaching for 35 years I knew I wanted to work part time and The Twig seemed the perfect fit.  What reading specialist wouldn't want to be surrounded by books?  I am the event planner for the book shop and enjoy visiting with authors and publishers about their work.  Historical fiction, nonfiction and middle grade books are my passion. I have had the opportunity to meet many fascinating people from around the world with whom I can share my love of books."


"I am an artist who sustains my intellectual curiosity by reading and selling books. Since January 2017, I have helped people find the book they are seeking and have worked with exceptional staff at the Twig who assist me with their expertise. I learn from our customers about books unknown to me and truly enjoy the conversations that open new windows.  My favorites are history, biography, memoir, art, photography, and natural science.  I have a soft spot for children's books with beautiful illustrations.  I hope to see you soon at the Twig!"


"I am a speech pathologist by degree, with a Texas Real Estate Broker's License, who used to run marathons and half marathons. I love the outdoors, and  I have always loved the escape reading provides.  I was instrumental in helping our neighborhood create and maintain a book club that has been extremely successful...even during COVID.  In a frame of mind to want to slow down my previous careers to be able to enjoy life and read more, I started pursuing THE TWIG...and here I am.  I love the books, I love the staff that I work with, and my favorite of all is engaging with everyone who comes into the store." 


"Buffett parrot head, lover of Texas history, fiction, Clapton, delta blues and first generation classic rock." 

Jenn Banowsky

"I am a retired Early Childhood educator and Acrobatic Gymnastics coach. Friends & family, reading, and travel are how I love to spend my free time. I think bookstores are one of the best places on the planet, so I jumped at the opportunity to be a bookseller at The Twig! My favorite book genres are Memoir,  Historical Fiction, and Sociology - I love learning about people's lives and experiences! I also have a passion for Children's Literature. I enjoy meeting people who visit The Twig from all over the world, and helping them select just the right book for themselves or others."

Julian, Jack of all Trades, Master of ALL

"I am from a small peasant village in the Andes with no more than a couple thousand people. I am the son of Juan, elementary school teacher, and Leonor, secretary at the high school where I went. My siblings are Diana and Juan David. Diana is a social worker, and an activist who fights for women rights. Juan, on the other hand, well, he likes to shoot movies and capture images. I am married to Katie who is a wonderful musician who plays the Oboe. If you don’t know what an oboe is, do not worry! I am here to explain. It is an instrument that sounds like a duck, and surprisingly it has been featured in the movies such as Star Wars: Episode II and in The Godfather. I sometimes like to play Clarinet, but most importantly I like reading, which is why I work at The Twig. I have many favorite books, but I really recommend The Sympathizer (and the sequel The Committed) by Viet Thanh Nguyen and The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño. They are something like “Realistic Fiction”; they are books  that make you think a lot and make you feel uncomfortable many times. If you do not like the books, that is Ok, I understand, but I am pretty sure you are going to like the name of my Cats. They are: Santisimo (a.k.a Santi), Smoothie (a.k.a Smooto), and Pepa (a.k.a Pepita)"







Want to join the staff? Thanks for your interest in working at The Twig Book Shop! The Twig is not currently hiring, but we always accept resumes & applications.  Email your resume' to