Sophie Brookover

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New Jersey
University Of Toronto, Bryn Mawr College
TV, Music, Books
  • Sophie has been writing about popular culture since she could hold a pencil (though she didn't know it was called that in kindergarten, she was just really jazzed about the Muppets LP she'd received for Chanukah).
  • She's written for culture outlets such as Vulture, Town & Country, Avidly, and Kirkus Reviews.
  • In 2008, she published her first book, "Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community," with co-author Elizabeth Burns.


Sophie has worked as a professional writer for over two decades. Since launching the popular "Two Bossy Dames" newsletter with her friend and co-editor Margaret H. Willison in 2014, she's specialized in round-ups of the best links of the week; reflections on the art left behind by David Bowie, Terry Pratchett, and Tom Petty; and bracing pep talks rooted in whatever she's been reading, watching, or listening to lately. Sophie's background as an award-winning librarian — including service on multiple literary award committees — prepared her well for work as a culture writer. A lifelong generalist, Sophie's broad interests and knack for making complicated subjects come to life for lay audiences are her most notable superpowers.


Sophie has a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies from Bryn Mawr College and a master's degree in information studies from the University of Toronto. She is a professionally licensed curious person and is really, really good at asking interesting questions and answering them in a way almost guaranteed to delight readers.
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