Top Pick Judge

OCC-RWA is pleased to announce that the “Top Pick” Judge for our 2013 Book Buyers Best contest, Wendy Crutcher, Librarian for the Orange County (California) Library System, will return again in 2014.


Wendy Crutcher’s first professional library job involved purchasing adult fiction for a rural Michigan library system.  After earning a BA in History and a master’s degree in library science from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), it was a job she fell into by accident, and one she wasn’t entirely prepared for.  The biggest hole in her popular fiction knowledge was romance, so she started reading, and quickly got hooked. 

A materials evaluator for the Orange County (California) Public Libraries system, Wendy is responsible for selecting and helping to maintain the adult fiction collections at 33 branches.  She’s also the acting senior librarian at the Garden Grove Regional branch.  In 2011 the Romance Writers of America honored her with their annual Librarian of the Year award.   

Wendy’s writing can be found at a variety of venues including her own blog, The Misadventures of Super Librarian (, The Good, The Bad And The Unread ( Heroes & Heartbreakers (, Criminal Element (, RT Book Reviews ( and in the forthcoming Greenwood/ABC-CLIO publication, Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction.