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.

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

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Mailing Address

PO Box 746
Denver, CO 80201
OFFICE HOURS

 

Monday-Thursday

9AM – 5PM (MDT)

Friday

9AM – 1PM (MDT)


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


President

Christopher Green

The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado

 

Vice-President

AC Board Liaison

Allison Senecal 

Old Firehouse Books, Colorado

Secretary

Stephanie Schindhelm

Boulder Book Store, Colorado

 

Director

Nicole Sullivan

BookBar, Colorado

 

Director

Cristina Rodriguez

A Public Space, Texas

Director

Brian Contine

Penguin Random House, Texas

 

Director

Michelle Malonzo

Changing Hands Bookstore, Arizona

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


ADVISORY COUNCIL


Julia Atwood, Boulder Bookstore, Colorado

 

Anna Brown, Katy Budget Books, Texas

 

Matthew Burris, Magic City Books, Oklahoma

 

Jim Carretta, Ingram Content Group

 

Lynette Fletcher, Buy the Book, Texas

 

Alan Frosh, Tattered Cover Book Store, Colorado

 

Tara Furey, Old Firehouse Books, Colorado

 

Jim Hart, The Published Page Bookshop, Texas

 

Christine Havens, BookPeople, Texas

 

Jen Hillebrandt, Townie Books, Colorado

Lisa Holenko, Next Page Books & Nosh, Colorado

 

Kasey Kane Charbonneau, Country Bookshelf, Montana

 

Connor Horak, Shop at MATTER, Colorado

 

Sara Knight, Maria’s Book Shop, Colorado

 

Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Texas

 

Marc Lavoie, Second Star to the Right, Colorado

 

Miranda Berdahl, Wind City Books, Wyoming

 

Shelley Lowe, Monkey & Dog Books, Texas

 

Jenna Meier-Bilbo, Off the Beaten Path, Colorado

Callie Metler, Noteworthy, Texas

 

E. Jean Pemberton, Enda’s BOOKtique, Texas

 

Elisa Rivera, Changing Hands Bookstore, Arizona

 

Claudette Robertson, Deer Clan Books, Oklahoma

 

Katie Rothery, BookBar, Colorado

 

Susie Temple, Wilson Book Gallery/Jackson Hole Book Trader, Wyoming

 

Lindsey Valdez, One Door Down @ Two Bros Deli, Colorado

 

Realy Ann Wingert, Rediscovered Books, Idaho