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.


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)



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

A Public Space, 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


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