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.

 

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

1-800-752-0249

Mailing Address

PO Box 746
Denver, CO 80201
OFFICE HOURS

 

Monday-Thursday

9AM – 5PM (MDT)

Friday

9AM – 1PM (MDT)


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


President

Stephanie Schindhelm

Boulder Book Store, Colorado

 

Secretary

Allison Senecal 

Old Firehouse Books, Colorado

 

Director

Rob Pine

Ingram Content Group, Colorado

Vice-President

AC Board Liaison

Cristina Rodriguez

Ingram Content Group, Texas

 

Director

E. Jean Pemberton Jones

Enda’s BOOKtique, Texas

 

Director

Christopher Green

The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado

Treasurer

Brian Contine

Penguin Random House, Texas

 

Director

Margaret Brennan Neville

The King’s English, Utah

 

Director

Consuelo Wilder

BookPeople, Texas

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


ADVISORY COUNCIL


Julia Atwood, Boulder Bookstore, Colorado

 

Anna Brown, Katy Budget Books, Texas

 

Jim Carretta, Ingram Content Group

 

Lynette Fletcher, Buy the Book, Texas

 

Jim Hart, The Published Page Bookshop, Texas

Jen Hillebrandt, Townie Books, Colorado

 

Lisa Holenko, Next Page Books & Nosh, Colorado

 

Kasey Kane Charbonneau, Country Bookshelf, Montana

 

Sara Knight, Maria’s Book Shop, Colorado

 

Marc Lavoie, Second Star to the Right, Colorado

Miranda Leigh, Wind City Books, Wyoming

 

Jenna Meier-Bilbo, Off the Beaten Path, Colorado

 

Callie Metler, Noteworthy, Texas

 

Amy Stave, Changing Hands Bookstore, Colorado

 

Steven Stout, Page 1 Books, New Mexico