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 Book Buyer and Children's Manager

Six favorite books: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather (Fiction), Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Fiction), The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (YA Fiction), Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Kids' Middle Grade), On the Night of the Shooting Star by Amy Hest (Kids' Picture Book), More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera Williams (Kids' Board Book).

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: Operations Manager

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: "I generally prefer horror, southern lit, and specific nonfiction (ex: music, cults, surfing, baseball, baseball, and baseball)."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Playing in bands, making music, watching movies, and spending time with my 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."

 

Hank

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller and Inventory Receiver

Five favorite books: The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Anything and everything, the grimmer the better. History is nice, too. And pretty grim."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: " Watch movies, write, play video games. I also work for the Sun magazine in Chapel Hill and review books for Shelf Awareness."

 

Zachariah

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller and Inventory Receiver

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: Bookseller and 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'm a community organizer and UNC student studying Sociology and Computer Science."

 

Talia

Role at Flyleaf: Marketing Coordinator and Children's Bookseller

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 (check out my site for info). I also play with my puppy, spend time with friends, and shamelessly watch reality television."

 

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 Wells, anything by Octavia Butler, Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Bad Guys by 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."

 

Ellie

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Five favorite books: Motherhood by Sheila Heti, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins, The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and everything Patti Smith has ever written.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Nature fiction, books about motherhood, and picture books."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Eating grilled cheese sandwiches, trying to communicate with the deer family in my backyard, and plotting my next road trip."

 

Megan

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Five favorite books: Varina by Charles Frazier, Rabbit Cake by Annie Harnett, Heavy by Kiese Laymon, Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson, In Search of Our Mother’s Garden by Alice Walker.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Anything southern literature, policy, or a good sweeping memoir or biography."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Most of my life is consumed by being a grad student in Folklore at UNC and being a dog mom to my wonderfully perfect pit bull."