Roxanne J. Coady
Founder and CEO, R.J. Julia Booksellers
Roxanne Coady founded R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut in 1989, creating a business that is recognized as a national leader among independent booksellers. R.J. Julia also manages BookHampton in East Hampton, NY and Wesleyan RJ Julia in Middletown, CT.
In 2009, Ms. Coady founded a personalized book subscription site, Just the Right Book. This site has a national reach and combines the intimacy of an independent bookstore with the digital marketplace, i.e. human algorithm. In addition, Ms. Coady hosts a weekly podcast, Just the Right Book, in which she talks to the very best contemporary nonfiction authors.
Ms. Coady is the founder and Board Emeritus of Read to Grow, the largest literacy program in Connecticut. Since 1996, Read to Grow has donated more than 2 million children’s books. She currently serves as a board member of the Connecticut Council on Education Reform, the New Haven Innovation Collaborative, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Yale University Press Board of Governors.