Our Staff

Jamie (she/her)

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, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (or anything she writes!),  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: " I like to learn, I like to be told a good story. I enjoy books that are gritty or witty, with memorable characters and an interesting and atmospheric setting. No kissing!"

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

 

Elese (she/her)

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, shark teeth, lists, family, and contending with my rapscallion of a basset hound. I love reading on airplanes."

 

Talia (she/her)

Role at Flyleaf: Floor Manager

Six favorite books: The Mothers by Brit Bennett, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, How to Be a Family by Dan Kois, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Everything sounds interesting to me, and it's a problem."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I love to play with my puppy, spend time with my friends, and shamelessly watch reality television."

 

Colin (he/him)

Role at Flyleaf: Lead Receiver & Returns

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 (she/her)

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 (she/her)

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 (she/her)

Role at Flyleaf: Lead Children's Bookseller, Youth Advisory Board (YAB) Co-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 (he/him)

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."

 

Morella (she/her)

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!"

 

Jordan (they/them)

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller, Youth Advisory Board (YAB) Co-Lead

Five favorite books:  Black Water Sister by Zen Cho, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, The Way of The King by Brandon Sanderson, City of Stairs by Jackson Bennet, and The City in The Middle of The Night by Charlie Jane Anders

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I am a huge fan of sci-fi/fantasy books that have great worldbuilding, YA, and urban planning nonfiction books since that is what I study at my university's graduate program"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I love hiking & being amongst nature, reading & writing, and learning  Russian"

 

Audrey (she/her)

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Four favorite books:  Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar, Harlem Shuffle by Colton Whitehead, Normal People by Sally Rooney, and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I like to read captivating fiction books & sci-fi/fantasy books that are so good that it hurts to put down. I also enjoy reading books in Spanish since I'm currently studying the language at university"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I DJ for UNC-Chapel Hill's radio WXYC and work on student film projects at UNC. I also enjoy creative writing, and usually work on plays and screenplays "