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Independent, Together.

About the MPIBA and Our Mission

 

The mission of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association is to support and promote independent booksellers in our region, raise awareness of the value of locally owned businesses in our communities, and celebrate literary culture and an open exchange of ideas as crucial to a free society.

 

We are a non-profit professional association of bookstores, booksellers, authors, and industry professionals. The Association began over fifty years ago in Denver, Colorado and has grown to represent booksellers in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

 

While we are called a “bookseller” association, we have always taken an expansive view of that term, and our membership includes publishers, sales reps, wholesalers, and other industry professionals.

 

What We Do
  • Provide forums and channels for communication, information exchange, professional development, and continuing education at local, regional, and national levels
  • Provide information and services for the benefit and advancements of independent booksellers.
  • Promote best practices in publishing, distribution, promotion, and the selling of books.
  • Promote and defend freedom of speech and of the press as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
  • Promote and work for fair, competitive practices in the book industry.

What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul. ― Neil Gaiman, American Gods


STAFF


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Executive Director

Heather Duncan

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Operations Manager

Kelsey Myers

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Marketing & Communications Manager

Jeremy Ellis

Email or call us at 1-800-752-0249 if we can help
OFFICE HOURS

 

Monday-Thursday

9AM – 5PM (MST)

Friday

9AM – 1PM (MST)

We all just took the bookstore at its word, because if you couldn't trust a bookstore, what could you trust? ― Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


President

Nicole Sullivan, BookBar Bookstore, Colorado

 

Vice-President
AC Board Liaison

Christopher Green 

The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado

Secretary

Phoebe Gaston, Book Travelers West, Colorado

 

Director

Stephanie Schindhelm

Boulder Book Store, Colorado

 

Director

Allison Senecal, Old Firehouse Books, Colorado

Treasurer

Amanda Sutton, Bookworks, New Mexico

 

Director

Michelle Malonzo

Changing Hands Bookstore, Arizona


ADVISORY COUNCIL


Julia Atwood, Boulder Bookstore, Colorado

 

Jon Breninger, Peregrine Book Company, Arizona

 

Jeanne Costello, Maria’s Book Shop, Colorado

 

Chris Erickson

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Colorado

 

Logan Farmer, Old Firehouse Books, Colorado

 

Sue Fassett, Dolly’s Bookstore, Utah

Joe Foster, Above the Treeline, Colorado

 

Lisa Holenko

Next Page Books and Nosh, Colorado

 

Kappy Kling, Hearthfire Books, Colorado

 

Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Texas

 

Miranda Leigh, Wind City Books, Wyoming

 

Claudia Maceo, The Twig Book Shop, Texas

Keaton Patterson, Brazos Bookstore, Texas

 

Abbey Paxton, BookBar, Colorado

 

Arvin Ramgoolan, Townie Books, Colorado

 

Cristina Rodriguez, Deep Vellum Books, Texas

 

Len Vlahos, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Colorado


PRESIDENT EMERITUS


Anne Holman, The King’s English, Utah

“A place is not really a place without a bookstore.” ― Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

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