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


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)

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


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

Deep Vellum Books, 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

 

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