Welcome to Brooklyn's world. Help yourself to an Irish coffee or a mocha latte, relax and read all about Brooklyn, her friends and her world. Click on the interactive map and take a tour of Brooklyn's favorite spots in San Francisco for dining, drinking, shopping, reading, strollingand murder. Among other hot spots, you'll find her favorite fictional library from HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER and the real-life book arts center used as the basis for the fictional Bay Area Book Arts in THE LIES THAT BIND.
Brooklyn, her friends and family:
Brooklyn WainwrightShe's on the tall side (Brooklyn would say she's still in her gawky stage), blond, and a self-described book geek. She's more comfortable in Birkenstocks than Blahniks, but she cleans up well when necessary. A master bookbinder specializing in rare book restoration, Brooklyn has taught book art at universities in New York, Iowa, Texas, and Institut d'histoire du livre in Lyon, France. Locally, she has taught at Bay Area Book Arts Center and Sonoma Institute of the Arts. While her focus is in restoration, Brooklyn is certified in book arts, conservation and authentication. Her bindings have won international acclaim, including Grand Prize in the prestigious Lawton-McNamara Contest. She has an MFA in Book Arts and a MS in Archives and Preservation.
Derek StoneBritish security agent, ex-Commander in the Royal Navy and Intelligence officer working for MI6, Derek is tall, dark, dangerous and hunky (think James Bond, only more dashing). He owns his own security firm and meets Brooklyn while heading the security detail for an exhibit of priceless rare books, including a legendary cursed copy of Goethe's FAUST, at the Covington Library. He discovers Brooklyn kneeling over the murder victim, her hands covered in blood, and his deep suspicion leads to powerful attraction.
Robin TullyBrooklyn's best friend, they grew up together in the Sonoma commune. Robin is a talented sculptor and also runs a tour service that specializes in exploring mystical, magical and miraculous places around the world. Robin is petite, dark-haired and loves to party, making her the diametrical opposite of her BFF Brooklyn.
Jim and Becky WainwrightBrooklyn's mom and dad are former Deadheads who met in the tie-dye booth at a Grateful Dead concert at the Ventura Fairgrounds in 1972. With a wife and family, Jim returned to corporate America, but wasn't happy until he and Becky packed up their six kids and followed their favorite guru to a commune in Sonoma where they formed the Fellowship for Spiritual Enlightenment and Artistic Consciousness. The commune members built homes, planted vineyards, made wine and grew rich. These days, Dad works his magic with wine and Mom has channeled her new age sensibilities into all things Wiccan.
Guru Bobotherwise known as Avatar Robson Benedict, Guru Bob is the benevolent, mysterious, highly-evolved being and spiritual head of the Fellowship for Spiritual Enlightenment and Artistic Consciousness in Sonoma.
GabrielThe gorgeous, mysterious stranger who occasionally shows up out of the blue to rescue Brooklynand othersfrom danger. Brooklyn first met Gabriel when he saved her life in a noodle shop on Fillmore Street. Was it coincidence, kismet, or part of a larger plan? Is he a thief or a hero? Perhaps a bit of both, but he's so dashing that most women can't resist his charms.
Ian McCulloughHead Curator of the Covington Library and an old college friend of Brooklyn's brother Austinand Brooklyn's ex-fiancé.
Minka LaBoeufBrooklyn's nemesis. She competes with Brooklyn for everything and flatters herself that she's an accomplished bookbinder. But she's not. As Brooklyn would say, Minka is like the bubonic plague to books.
Vinnie (Vinamra) Patel and Suzie SteinBrooklyn's favorite neighbors, Vinnie and Suzie are burl wood artistsor lesbians with chainsaws, as they like to call themselves. Because the neighbors work in their loft, they like to go out to dinner every night and love bringing home leftovers for their favorite neighbor, Brooklyn. Brooklyn reciprocates by playing the occasional cat sitter for their two beloved felines, Pookie and Splinters.
Jeremy and SergioBrooklyn's fun neighbors in the building, Jeremy is a hairdresser and performance artist and Sergio is a top chef in town.
Lisa and Henry Chung and childrenBrooklyn's newest neighbors are originally from China. Their youngest son, six-year-old Tyler, has a crush on Brooklyn.
Austin WainwrightBrooklyn's oldest brother, he runs the winery in Dharma. Robin has been in love with Austin since third grade.
Jackson WainwrightSecond oldest brother, he's in charge of the vineyards in Dharma, but so far, little else is known about Jackson.
Savannah WainwrightShe used to work at the winery in Dharma but moved to a farm in Point Reyes where she grew organic arugula to sell at the farmers' markets in the Bay Area. Recently, Savannah shaved her head (it suits her) and moved back to Dharma to open a gourmet vegetarian restaurant called Arugula.
China WainwrightBrooklyn's closest sister in age and temperament, China lives in Dharma, owns Warped, a knitting and fabric shop on the Lane. (Shakespeare Lane, the fashionable street in the center of town where all the best shops and restaurants are located, is currently the hottest destination in the Wine Country).
London WainwrightBrooklyn's youngest overachieving sister, London lives a charmed life in Calistoga with her handsome physician/winemaker husband Trevor and their perfect twin babies, Chloe and Connor.