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: Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, The Bell by Iris Murdoch, 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: "Board games, lists, family, and contending with my rapscallion of a basset hound. I love reading on airplanes."

 

Colin

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller, Returns & Receiving, Used Book Buyer

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: 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 to Be a Family by Dan Kois

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 love to play with my puppy, spend time with friends, and shamelessly watch reality television."

 

Zachariah

Role at Flyleaf: Floor Manager, 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."

 

Genni

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller, Used Book Buyer, Youth Advisory Board (YAB) Lead

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!"

 

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!"

 

Lucia

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller, Returns & Receiving

Six favorite books: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Supper Club by Lara Williams, M Archive by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang, The Inferno by Dante Alighieri, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Weird fiction and compassionate non-fiction!"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Podcasts about nothing, talking on the phone, dancing with my friends, and pretending I know about music."

 

Ani

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller, Cornflake the Dog's Assistant

Six favorite books: New People by Danzy Senna, Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto, Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin, How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell, whatever I'm reading right now

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Obsessive as a reading experience or obsession-driven with madness or joy or grief."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Long dog walks, messy hand stitching, porch talks, and terrible dancing, sometimes in public."

 

Jen

Role at Flyleaf: Lead Children's Bookseller

Six favorite books: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket, Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Black Cathedral by Marcial Gala, Holes by Louis Sachar

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Anything darkly humorous, anything involving taxidermy, and anything with stupid adults and intelligent children. But also, mysteries and thrillers, magical realism, horror, and some literary fiction."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Cuddling with my dog (Josephine) and my four cats (Murakami, Molière, Beatrice, and Oliver) and taking care of my large houseplant collection."