About the MPIBA and Our Mission


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


We are a non-profit professional association of bookstores, booksellers, publishers, authors, and industry professionals. The Association began over fifty years ago in Denver, Colorado, and has grown to represent hundreds of bookstores across thirteen western and mid-western states.


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 bookstores.
  • Support efforts to improve inclusion, representation, and diversity in the book industry.
  • 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


Executive Director

Heather Duncan

Operations Manager

Kelsey Myers

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jeremy Ellis


Mailing Address

PO Box 746
Denver, CO 80201



9AM – 5PM (MDT)


9AM – 1PM (MDT)

“A good little bookstore…is a laboratory for our coming together.” ― Ross Gay



Christopher Green

The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado



AC Board Liaison

Allison Senecal 

Old Firehouse Books, Colorado


Stephanie Schindhelm

Boulder Book Store, Colorado



Nicole Sullivan

BookBar, Colorado



Cristina Rodriguez

Deep Vellum Books, Texas


Brian Contine

Penguin Random House, Texas



Michelle Malonzo

Changing Hands Bookstore, Arizona

Communicate with our Board of Directors! Email board@mountainsplains.org


Julia Atwood, Boulder Bookstore, Colorado


Jim Carretta, Ingram Content Group


Lisa Holenko, Next Page Books & Nosh, Colorado

Sara Knight, Maria’s Book Shop, Colorado


Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Texas


Miranda Berdahl, Wind City Books, Wyoming

Shelley Lowe, Monkey & Dog Books, Texas


Jenna Meier-Bilbo, Off the Beaten Path, Colorado

“And then she reverses direction and heads straight for Willesden Bookshop, an independent shop that rents space from the council and provides--no matter what Brent Council may claim--an essential local service. It is run by Helen. Helen is an essential local person. I would characterize her essentialness in the following way: 'Giving the people what they didn't know they wanted.' Important category.” ― Zadie Smith, Feel Free: Essays