Just call us the little bookshop that could. For over 30 years, we've been providing beautiful Thomasville, Georgia, and the surrounding areas with a curated selection of books and gifts designed to enrich the lives of our customers and readers. We're dedicated to the simple, Southern life; to good books and stories and conversations.

The Team


Annie B. Jones


After five years as a corporate writer and editor, Annie began living her very own Kathleen Kelly dream, coming on board in 2013 as co-owner and managing partner for The Bookshelf. She and her husband Jordan moved from nearby Tallahassee, Florida, and now call downtown Thomasville home. Annie loves chatting with fellow readers about what book currently resides on their nightstands, and she relishes in acting as the store's very own Nancy Drew, determined to help customers find exactly the book they're hunting for.



A lifelong Floridian, Ashley just moved back home to Tallahassee after a stint in Alabama pursuing her degree in English from Faulkner University. Post-graduate life led her to The Bookshelf, where she helps coordinate events and local author signings. When she's not reorganizing the regional section or discovering new, independently-published authors, Ashley can be found playing with her dachshunds or planning her next trip to the coast. 


Senior bookseller + PODCAST CO-HOST

A South Florida native, Chris has always lived a little bit more inside of books than in the real world. He has two degrees in English and is currently pursuing his PhD in Medieval Studies at Florida State, where he teaches composition and literature courses. Chris’s favorite books are mostly classics of the British persuasion, but he also enjoys scifi and fantasy, narrative non-fiction, philosophy, and comic books, and is always eager to make a personal recommendation. He plays "cat mom" to his kitten, Margery, and tries to manage the allergies that come with her.

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Bookseller + BLOGGER

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Southwest Florida, Maddie is completing her undergraduate degree from Florida State University. She is studying English Literature and History and wants to pursue English in graduate school. When she graduates, she hopes to work as a book editor. Maddie enjoys high fantasy, science fiction, and literary fiction. When she isn’t reading, she is probably watching reruns of Firefly or Buffy. She loves punny t-shirts about her favorite books and movies. She also loves a great cup of coffee.



For the past five years Kate has been combining her love of books and music by pursuing graduate degrees in musicology at Florida State. Originally from England, Kate grew up in Texas and completed a music education degree at Baylor University. She is currently writing her dissertation, while occasionally performing on the clarinet, Renaissance recorder, and crumhorn. Kate reads widely, but some of her favorite book categories include English detective novels, comic books with female leads, and books about books. Kate has a chihuahua named Jack and is a longtime Doctor Who fan.

Carson Cochran

YA + Middle-Reader Blogger

Carson is an 8th grader at Thomasville Scholars Academy. She has been an avid reader since a young age and is excited for the opportunity to write some book reviews for The Bookshelf and share her enthusiasm for books. Carson enjoys participating in drama productions at her school and Music and Drama Troupe, helping in the Children’s Ministry at her church, and volunteering at Hands & Hearts for Horses. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, playing piano, baking/decorating cakes, and spending time at the beach.

Susie Butterworth


Everyone needs a mother, and Annie happens to have a really lovely one. Every week, Susie makes the drive up from Tallahassee to offer her expertise in the store. A retired preschool teacher turned children's minister and curriculum writer, Susie knows her way around the children's department, and you can see her creative handiwork all over the shop. (Store windows and tabletop displays are her specialty.) Each January and July, Susie and Annie head to market in Atlanta together, where they search up and down for the perfect product to accompany the books they love.