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

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."

 

Maggie

Role at Flyleaf: Marketing and Events Manager

Six favorite books: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, The Awakening by Kate Chopin

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I'll read anything if it's well-written! I love literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, romance, classics, magical realism, fantasy, pop science, sci-fi...and all things Sherlock Holmes, in the canon or fan fiction!"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I love to be outside - biking, camping and being near water - swimming or paddling. Also cooking, cats, traveling, sewing, and organizing get-togethers that involve my friends & family, museums or live music, and a fancy picnic."

 

Jennie

Role at Flyleaf: Lead Children's Bookseller, Youth Advisory Board (YAB) Lead

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), taking care of my large houseplant collection, and bartending at Belltree Cocktail Club in Carrboro."

 

Tony

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller, Used Book Buyer

Five favorite books: F by Daniel Kehlmann, 2666 by Roberto Bolaño, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume, All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I like books that are darkly funny or just plain heartbreaking. I love the absurd and the surreal, including the absurdly mundane and the surrealness of everyday life. More and more I find myself reading and loving translated literature."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I enjoy both cats and dogs. I enjoy watching soccer and listening to music (often in the company of cats and dogs). I enjoy collecting books and arranging them into stacks with the best intentions of reading them one day."

 

Ellie

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Five favorite books: Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Normal People by Sally Rooney, and anything by Patti Smith!

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I love weird contemporary fiction, anything involving narratives of childhood, and nature writing."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Taco Bell, petting cats, hanging out with friends and family, road trips."

 

Henry

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Five favorite books: Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, The Book of Delights by Ross Gay, Ulysses by James Joyce, If This Isn't Nice, What Is? by Kurt Vonnegut, and The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I like philosophy (especially ethics and metaphysics), poetry (especially about wonder and mortality), science (especially ecology and math), and magical realism (especially the heartbreaking and the weird)."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Singing, reading, debate (join DiPhi!), and spending time with friends."

 

Morella

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller, Events & Social Media Coordinator

Five favorite books: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Death In her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh, Just Kids by Patti Smith, Film for Her by Orion Carloto, and The Coral Sea by Patti Smith.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I enjoy memoirs (despite of whether I personally like the person or not), poetry, fiction, and YA books.

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I love all things cinema and art. I love watching and analyzing films. If the film truly captures my attention, I will review it on my personal movie journal!"

 

 

Kaiya

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Five favorite books:  The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, The Devourers by Indra Das, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, and The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I like weird things with strong character arcs and lyrical prose. I mostly focus on fantastical realism, unconventional fantasy, and stories that play with or ignore genre, but I'll read anything with strong enough characters--bonus points if it does something I haven't seen before"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Tabletop RPGs, writing, procrastinating on writing, getting lost in the woods, kvetching "