Quick bios of our part-time booksellers. We are not hiring at the moment.
I’m excited to be part of the Book Moon community as a volunteer. Many years ago I loved working part time in a delightful NC children’s bookstore, B. Dolphin, that was beloved in Greensboro. Books for children have been my passion since my own three children were little. When I give books to new babies, I always include this quote: “Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me.” (Strickland Gillilan) I spent my childhood in Charlotte, NC and returned to Durham, the city where I was born, for college. I’ve lived in Philadelphia, Chattanooga, Miami and Greensboro before moving to Northampton. I have 3 wonderful, book loving children: Kelly lives in Northampton, Holly in Philadelphia, and Ben in London. My granddaughter, like her mother, is a speed reading bookworm. In my next life I’d like to be able to read at least 1/2 as fast as they do.
Gavin J. Grant
Gavin J. Grant is the publisher of Small Beer Press. Since 1996 he has (with Kelly Link) edited and published Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, a twice-yearly small press zine. Originally from Scotland, Grant immigrated to the USA in 1991 and has worked in bookshops in Los Angeles and Boston and for the American Booksellers Association.
Jedediah Berry was raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. His first novel, The Manual of Detection, has been published in a dozen languages, won the Crawford Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize, was a finalist for the Young Lions and Locus awards, and France’s Prix Bob Morane, and was adapted for broadcast by BBC Radio. His story in cards, “The Family Arcana,” was published as a poker deck by Ninepin Press, and was a finalist for a World Fantasy Award. His other works of short fiction appear online at Tor.com and Interfictions; in the journals Conjunctions, Unstuck, Massachusetts Review, Chicago Review, and Fairy Tale Review, among others; and in anthologies including Best American Fantasy, Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade, Salon Fantastique, and Cape Cod Noir. Jedediah is also the author of interactive fiction games including “Fabricationist DeWit Remakes the World” (commissioned by TEDxCERN) and “The Periwink” (first place, Ectocomp 2016). He is a senior editor of Conjunctions, and he has served on the editorial staff of presses and publications including PEN America, jubilat, and Small Beer Press. He has taught at Bard College and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets & Writers. He lives in Easthampton, MA.
Beth Filson is a bookseller, educator, writer, and self-taught artist. She won the 2016 Wild Light Poetry contest sponsored by Red Hen Press and the Los Angeles Review. Her poetry has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Naugatuck River Review, and others. Beth’s art has appeared on the covers of The Florida Review, Artists in the Underworld (Richard Wayne Horton), in Meat for Tea, and an in a number of technical journals and curriculum. Originally from Savannnah, Georgia, Beth now lives in Easthampton, MA.
Many moons ago, Amanda first worked as a bookseller at Buffalo Street Books Co-Op in Ithaca, NY. She’s thrilled to be back among the books, especially here in Easthampton where she’s lived for two years. Amanda holds a B.M. in Music Composition and a minor in English Lit. from Ithaca College. She enjoys all kinds of books but is especially partial to anything involving science fiction, speculative fiction, feminist/LGBTQ themes, and writers of color. She’s a nerd’s nerd and loves being a part of this amazing community of book lovers. Come talk to her about her strange taste in music (jazz fusion, anyone?), books, artsy films, and the Fermi Paradox.
Franchie received her bachelor's degree in English Lit. from Boston University. It's two years later, and she's starting the first year of her MFA in Prose at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Try as she might, she can't seem to venture beyond The Old Colony State. She enjoys horror movies, steak (well-done like a heathen), tasteful erotica, and occasionally, EDM. She currently resides in Easthampton, MA suffering through remote classes.
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