158 Bridge Street, Old Town, Las Vegas, NM 87701 505.454.9944
Store Hours beginning 01.02.13
Monday-Friday 10-5:30; Saturday 10-5; Sunday Noon-4
Amanda Medina-Romero, bookseller
Angelica Blacketer, receiving clerk/bookseller
Brown Bear, community liaison/bookkeeper
I like to read biographies, autobiographies, and world history, as well as regional books.
Carol Smetana, bookseller
The hardest thing about working in a bookstore is I've become even more aware of how many books I want to read! I'm a pretty eclectic reader - politics, sociology, biography, travel narrative, some history, fiction (if it's set in Prague, I want to read it!). I like a new perspective, an out-of-the-ordinary point of view.
Janet Chapman, events coordinator/children's book buyer/program development/used book buyer
Now in my 28th year in the book business, I am still partial to children's books and (grown-up) mysteries. I'm really interested in reading about the lives and works of children's book illustrators. I also enjoy books on birds (nature essays, field observations, etc). Favorite authors: Roald Dahl, P.D. James.
Joann Martinez, bookseller
I like to read fiction and mysteries, especially regional titles. Some of my favorite authors are Michael McGarrity and J.A. Jance. I also enjoy biographies.
Nancy Colalillo, owner
I've spent most of my adult life in retail and related businesses and grew up in a supermarket family. Bookselling is a genteel pursuit compared to the food business! The two are somewhat related as books bring nourishment and sustenance to the mind and soul. I still consider myself the Produce Queen and hate the sound of a book hitting the floor as much as the sound of a hand of bananas being broken in half!
I probably have the quirkiest reading habits of anyone on staff! Mideast history, bios, kids picture books, anything and everything about Paris! In terms of guilty pleasures, mine are the mystery novels of Cara Black which are all set in a famous (or infamous) quartier de Paris!
Suzanne Cole, bookseller
I like to read a little of everything but especially fiction, memoir, mystery, nature and neuroscience writing. Every now and then I have a craving for some romantic, mushy stuff and devour about 3 or 4 books until the craving is satisfied.
Vicki Howell, bookseller
I stopped reading when I had kids. I missed it, and was jealous of those who were discussing books. I didn't even know what I liked to read anymore. I was on a vacation with friends in Pagosa Springs, walked in a bookstore to catch up with them and there it was, MISTRESS OF SPICES by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I was hooked, my husband is from India, and the setting was in Oakland, my hometown.
I started reading more East Indian women authors and have since moved on to historical novels, mysteries, memoirs, fiction and I always have a soft spot for children's picture books.