Here's what you need to know.
The Bookshelf is a Southern independent bookstore with staying power -- she's been a staple in downtown Thomasville for over 30 years, and in 2017, The Bookshelf was recognized as Small Business of the Year by the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce. The shop has had a pretty amazing life, and we're all thrilled to play even a small role in her history. We're just all just a small part of her story.
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Annie B. Jones, Owner & MANAGING PARTNER
A Tallahassee native, Annie began living her Kathleen Kelly-dream in 2013, when she took over operations of The Bookshelf. The opportunity was a dream come true. Annie and her husband Jordan now happily call downtown Thomasville home, and Annie spends her days among the books and fellow readers she loves. She adores leading story time for local little ones and acting as the shop's very own Nancy Drew, determined to find just the right book for just the right person. Annie currently co-hosts From the Front Porch, The Bookshelf's weekly podcast about books, small business, and life in the South. (In 2016, Annie was featured as one of Southern Living magazine's 50 innovators changing the South, and The Bookshelf was listed in the top ten of the Independent Small Business of the Year Awards.)
OLIVIA SCHAFFER, MANAGER
Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, Olivia was constantly surrounded by books from her grandfather's used bookstore. Olivia choose to move to New York City to pursue a BFA degree in ballet with a minor in gender studies from Marymount Manhattan College. She spent eight years in New York, navigating the city, working as many jobs as necessary and searching for every bookstore the city had to offer. Upon moving to Thomasville with her boyfriend and giant cat, Mufasa, Olivia got her dream job as manager at The Bookshelf. Olivia is a collector of the Perry Mason series and a lover of all mysteries, thrillers and classics.
AShley SHerlock, EVENTS & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
A lifelong Floridian, Ashley 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 plans literary events and local author signings. When she's not editing an Instagram picture or planning the next in-store workshop, Ashley can be found playing with her dachshunds or taking a trip to her beloved Gulf coast.
Chris Jensen, Podcast Co-host & Producer
As a veteran bookseller and early-career academic from South Florida, Chris is always around books if not consistently in them as much as he would like to be at the moment. When he's not stuck in a Sisyphean cycle of grading papers or playing cat mom to Arthur and Margery, Chris is a PhD candidate in medieval studies at the Florida State University, and you know him as the co-host for The Bookshelf's podcast, From the Front Porch.
KATE SUTTON, INVENTORY COORDINATOR
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.
KELSEY WARD, Bookseller
Hailing from the southwest coast of Florida, Kelsey comes to us by way of FSU where she received her BA in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing a master's degree. As a part-time bookseller, Kelsey loves meeting the cast of characters that makes up Thomasville and hand-selling them her favorite books and stationery -- nothing compares to a good notebook. When not in the shop, Kelsey is probably working on her latest creative nonfiction essay or catnapping with her orange tabby, Arthur.
ZOE TRIBLEY, INTERN
Zoe is currently a student at Florida State University studying Chinese Language/Culture and Editing, Writing, and Media. Growing up in Tallahassee, the big college move was to an apartment thirty minutes away, but Zoe likes the distance because she can transport books to and from each room, and she can see her dogs, one black and one white poodle, as often as she likes. After graduating, Zoe wants to go to graduate school in China studying literature so she can eventually work in translation and international publication. Zoe likes to read all genres, though her favorites are Young Adult fiction and fictional short stories, and her favorite book is Beloved by Toni Morrison.
AMY SCOTT, INTERN
Amy is an illustrator (first and foremost), history nerd, and movie buff. She's a graduate of Florida State University, where she received Bachelor degrees in Art History and Studio Art. She then received a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. She draws inspiration from many things like movies, animation, ancient myth, and tales of science fiction & fantasy. Basically, anything whimsical or other-worldly, and Amy's there.