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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


Executive Director

Heather Duncan

Operations Manager

Kelsey Myers

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jeremy Ellis

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



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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



Nicole Sullivan, BookBar Bookstore, Colorado


AC Board Liaison

Christopher Green 

The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado


Phoebe Gaston, Book Travelers West, Colorado



Stephanie Schindhelm

Boulder Book Store, Colorado



Allison Senecal, Old Firehouse Books, Colorado


Amanda Sutton, Bookworks, New Mexico



Michelle Malonzo

Changing Hands Bookstore, Arizona

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


Julia Atwood, Boulder Bookstore, Colorado


Miranda Berdahl, Wind City Books, Wyoming


Jim Carretta, Ingram Content Group


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

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


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