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 Le Carré, Ian Rankin, Tana French, and Mick Herron (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, Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol, Nanette's Baguette by Mo Willems.

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: "Puzzles, shark teeth, lists, porches, soccer, 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: The 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."

 

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 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 (regardless of whether I 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!"

 

Jamie K. (she/they)

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

Six favorite books:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, and Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "There is no specific thing I look for in books, but flawed main characters are always a favorite trope of mine (and graphic novels!). Right now I am most enjoying reading middle grade fiction and nonfiction on public spaces and history."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I enjoy being outside, taking walks, listening to podcasts, and hanging out with friends <3."

 

Jordan (they/them)

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

Six favorite books:  Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco, Black Water Sister by Zen Cho, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, and The City in The Middle of The Night by Charlie Jane Anders.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I love science fiction and fantasy, horror, young adult and kids fiction, and nonfiction relating to urbanism, public health, and labor organizing!"

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I love exploring, being outside, reading & writing, and learning Russian."

 

Kat (she/her)

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Five favorite books: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Themes of loss, feminine strength, self-exploration, monsters, and human perseverance."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I love all things cinema, especially film history. My favorite genre is horror and I am watching through all of the major slasher franchises. I spend a lot of time playing Nintendo games and thinking about art history."

 

RC (they/them)

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Five favorite books: Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler, Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and  If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Everything from escapist science fiction to novels that explores mundane life to short and sweet poetry - anything that shows me an experience that is not my own. I tend to buy non-fiction to keep and fiction to read once and give away. My nonfiction interests focus on birthwork (because I'm a doula!), trauma & healing (I'm also a social worker), sexual health & pleasure, lesser-known history that I didn't learn in school, and queer, abolitionist, & radical future-making work."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Sewing & knitting my own wardrobe, floating in bodies of water, my two cats, Babka & Matzoball."

 

 

Elisa (she/her)

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Six favorite books: Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason, Euphoria by Lily King, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Severance by Ling Ma, Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder, Girlhood by Melissa Febos, Luster by Raven Leilani.

How I'd describe my taste in books: "Books about love, books about horror, and books about the horror of being in love."

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "I like to host dinner parties, bake wedding cakes, organize murder mystery parties, write women’s fiction, and obsess over Game of Thrones."

 

Emma (she/her)

Role at Flyleaf: Bookseller

Six favorite books: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, and 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

How I'd describe my taste in books: "I look for stories that will make my world bigger. I love books that are either comforting or challenging in their own way. I value themes of human connection, strength, and varying illustrations of femininity-- bonus points if there are any witches or twists involved. "

What I enjoy outside of Flyleaf: "Spending my time with loved ones, thinking about the universe, writing letters, watching horror movies, creating harshly specific Spotify playlists, and driving around as I listen to them.."