Our Staff

Jamie

Role at Flyleaf: Owner and General Manager

Six favorite books: City of Thieves by David Benioff, A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt, Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, and any smart British mystery by the likes of John LeCarre, Ian Rankin, Tana French, and Mick Herron (Slow Horses/Slough House Series)

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Gritty or witty, with memorable characters with an interesting and atmospheric setting. No kissing!"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: " Watch baseball, listen to live music, and of course, read!"

 

Elese

Role at Flyleaf: Lead Buyer and Manager

Six favorite books: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol, More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera Williams

How I'd describe my taste in books: " Omnivorous with a preference for books written about places and things outside of my personal experience."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Attending youth sporting events or contending with my rapscallion of a basset hound. I love reading on airplanes."

 

Colin

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller, Returns & Receiving

Five favorite books: Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Joe by Larry Brown, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Horror, southern lit, niche nonfiction."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Food, music, movies, family."

 

Erica

Role at Flyleaf: Gifts and "Crapola" Buyer

Five favorite books: Milkman by Anna Burns, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders,  Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge, and Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Mostly, I like literary novels that make me feel bad."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Sweeping up dog hair; posting belligerent political posts on social media."

 

 

Talia

Role at Flyleaf: Events Manager

Five favorite books: Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I love novels for all ages, especially those that make me laugh out loud or allow me to lose myself in a compelling story."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I'm a freelance editor. I also play with my puppy, spend time with friends, and shamelessly watch reality television."

 

Zachariah

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller, Returns & Receiving

Five favorite books: One With Others: A Little Book of Her Days by C.D. Wright, The Mist by Stephen King, Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.

How I'd describe my taste in books: " I love poetry, short story collections, horror, and all things sci-fi (the weirder the better)!"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I write songs, poetry, and flash fiction. I play guitar, sing, and love to perform my music on stage. I watch far too many horror movies, listen to metal and punk bands constantly, and count the days till Halloween."

 

 

Lucia

Role at Flyleaf:  Floor Manager, Youth Advisory Board Advisor

Five favorite books: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown, Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin, Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler, Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I love literary fiction in translation, science fiction, short stories, memoirs, and LGBTQ YA!"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I enjoy embroidery, horror movies, and community organizing."
 

 

Keith

Role at Flyleaf: Host of Mr. Keith's Family Story Time and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club

Five favorite books:  The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells, anything by Octavia Butler, Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Funny and/or weird."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Dungeons and Dragons, working at a library, and visiting bookstores. And this http://felt-tasticflannelboardfuntime.blogspot.com."

 

Ben

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller & Events Assistant

Six favorite books: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower, The Girl of the Lake by Bill Roorbach, Selected Stories by Andre Dubus, I Am One of You Forever by Fred Chappell, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "This might sound like kind of a cop-out answer, but I'm open to reading pretty much anything, be it fiction or nonfiction, history or horror—you name it. That said, I particularly enjoy literary short fiction (hence how four out of the six above books are story collections, hah) and have always been drawn to surrealism/magical realism (writers such as Helen Oyeyemi, Lorrie Moore, and Yasunari Kawabata come to mind)."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I like to read, write, run, play music, and make/drink fancy cocktails."

 

David

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Five favorite books: The Stranger by Albert Camus, Native Son by Richard Wright, Barrel Fever by David Sedaris, Neon Vernacular by Yusef Komunyakaa, Among the Thugs by Bill Buford

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Variable! I can really get into most genres - but I do enjoy noir, hard science fiction, biting humor/satire, existential/absurdist fiction, and a good love story!"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I am a writer, director, and photographer!"

 

Genni

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller.

Five favorite books: Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay, Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren, and Kindred by Octavia Butler.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Reading books is like my personal therapy, so I either go for books that make me feel warm inside (romance, YA contemporary fiction) or challenge me to be a better person (memoirs, feminist critiques/essays)! Every now and again I'll pick up middle grade or sci-fi."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I'm the editor-in-chief of an online magazine, which I also write for weekly! I love watching movies, reading books (obviously), and visiting museums!"

 

Amir

Role at Flyleaf: Used Book Manager, Bookseller, and Youth Advisory Board Co-Facilitator

Five favorite books: The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, In Mad Love and War by Joy Harjo, The Black Notebooks by Toi Derricotte, and The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I have a wide range of taste in books in terms of genre. I definitely lean towards books that are deeply moving, and have powerful social messages. I am an avid reader of poetry."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Reading, writing poetry, hanging out with cute animals, spending time in nature, watching movies and shows, and listening to music."

 

Gage

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Five favorite books: The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, Tin Man by Sarah Winman

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I love literary fiction, especially queer literary fiction, drama, and a little bit of everything else!"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Writing plays, watching Meryl Streep’s filmography, listening to inspirational Oprah Winfrey speeches, and running!"