Describe your job.
My job is a combination of Antiques Roadshow (used book buying), meeting and greeting, and talking books in one of Portland’s most popular spaces: the Rare Book Room in our downtown store.
Where are you originally from?
What did you do before you came to Powell’s?
I worked in a bookstore and waitressed.
What is the best part of your job?
Used books and rare books — it’s all good!
What makes for a good book in your eyes?
From a bookselling perspective, a good book is one that sells, and sells quickly.
My book-buying perspective is that a good book is one that not only sells quickly (within 6-8 months) but also makes someone realize that Powell’s is a special place, a place with both a depth and breadth of books to choose from. What other bookstore has books for sale that range in printing dates from 1450 to 2016? Customers have so much fun here because we have older, out-of-print books on the shelves with beautiful dust jackets, leather bindings, amazing pulp cover art...