Our Fearless Leader, Michael!
Michael bought Gibson’s Bookstore in 1994 and has expanded it twice to meet the needs of readers. He enjoys literary fiction, well-written commercial fiction and thrillers, and books on politics and history.
John is a Jeopardy Champion and reader of nonfiction!
His academic background is history & science & that’s his favorite reading, but he likes a well written book in any genre. He's responsible for buying new adult titles from publishers and for our used-book section.
Heather is a fiction and fantasy lover.Margaret Atwood, John Irving, and George R.R. Martin hold a place in her heart that no one can touch, but a well written young adult novel thrills her as well and she will spend a few happy hours with picture books on any given day. She has two young children and reading with them is an important part of her life. She loves helping young readers find a story that really speaks to them. She's responsible for buying our children’s books and toys.
You might recognize Ryan from our TikToks!
Ryan has been a bibliophile for as long as she can remember, devouring books before she could even walk. (Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration). Her favorite books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Ryan collects all things Alice, including every edition and adaptation she can get her hands on, and her collection is currently overflowing out of two bookcases with no sign of stopping) and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Ryan had a Night Circus themed wedding). She will also loudly and passionately handsell you novels from the Horror, Romance, Psychological Thriller, and Fantasy genres. Ryan is the host of The Laydown Podcast, where she interviews authors and shouts excitedly about her current reads. As a mom to two, she is also well versed in picture books and other items for kiddos! Ryan has been with Gibson's since 2012, and is our Marketing Manager, in addition to being a Frontline Bookseller and Producer/Editor of The Laydown!
You'll never catch Elisabeth in the literary fiction-- she's the one skulking in the fantasy section, or riffling through pages in the Young Adult department! She's also a fan of humor writers and deep explorations into obscure aspects of our shared cultural histories (she will press Consider the Fork: A History of How we Cook and Eat onto anyone who stands still long enough). Our events coordinator since 2011, Elisabeth also runs our Facebook and Instagram pages with Ryan.https://www.gibsonsbookstore.com/elisabeth-jewell
Jim has worked in bookstores since 1983 and at Gibson's, off and on, since 1987. He enjoys a good story more than anything else but is drawn to Young Adult fiction because of his day job as a middle school teacher. "Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." --Author Unknown. Needless to say, I have lived many lives and there are countless more to come.
She hasn't read half as many books as she should have, and she likes less than half of them half as well as they deserve. (Needless to say, she likes Tolkien!)
She enjoys reading a variety of books, from great literary classics to the latest sci-fi and fantasy, or books about history, spirituality, or cooking.
She's always ready to escape into a good fantasy or sci-fi novel, but will usually read anything fiction if the book stays still long enough. With non-fiction, she is more selective, focusing on topics she's interested in learning about. Her bookshelf is large a mix of history, mostly the medieval time period, along with culinary history and the history of the Romani people. She also enjoys books about eastern and new age spirituality, and natural and alternative healing.
Gibby doesn't live at the store (pesky cafe health codes...) but rather with Bookseller Jo after he was found abandoned in the store bathrooms! He has grown into a fine feline with excellent taste in literature.