The overall mission of the ABA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEIC) is:
Members are welcome to contact members of the DEIC directly with questions, comments, or concerns in support of antiracism, equity, inclusion, access, and representation in the book industry. Members can also fill out this form (coming soon) to bring matters to ABA’s attention anonymously.
Bookseller Committee Members
Hannah Oliver Depp
Hannah Oliver Depp is the owner of Loyalty Bookstores in Petworth, DC, and Silver Spring, Maryland. Loyalty serves all readers as a diverse, intersectional feminist bookstore and programming space. She holds a master’s in English from American University. Oliver Depp is a founding member of the American Bookseller Association Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and serves on the boards of Bookshop.org and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association.
River Dog Book Co.
Beaver Dam, WI
BrocheAroe Fabian (/bruh-kuh/ for short) is an anthropologist, a writer, and a world traveler who grew up in a mixed-race family, living abroad and in the U.S., in a trilingual household. She is the proud owner of River Dog Book Co., an independent bookstore with a nontraditional model focused on highlighting diverse, global, inclusive, and representative books for all ages, and is the founder of River Dog Reads, a literary nonprofit with the mission to foster cross-cultural communication and understanding via access to literature. She also is a contributor to the We Need Diverse Books blog, acts as a sensitivity reader for authors and publishers, and freelances as an editor on diverse and inclusive publishing projects. She is committed to actively continuing to learn and grow and advocates for equality and equity in the book industry for all underrepresented identities, store types, and genres/book formats. She, her wife, and their two dogs currently call Wisconsin home.
Chapel Hill, NC
Women & Children First
Sarah Hollenbeck is the co-owner of Women & Children First bookstore, one of the last remaining feminist bookstores in the country. W&CF’s mission is to uplift and celebrate underrepresented voices through its curation, events, and collaborative partnerships with schools, non-profit organizations, and mission-aligned businesses. As the store’s Events Coordinator, Sarah has placed a particular emphasis on hosting more trans authors and disabled authors. One of her proudest accomplishments as W&CF co-owner was collaborating with her whole staff to successfully write the store’s mission statement in a single day. Sarah is a member of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce’s Social Justice Committee. Sarah is also an essayist whose work explores physical disability, feminism, and gaze — how we perceive ourselves, how we are perceived by others, and the tender space in between. Her work was featured in the anthology Nasty Women (Picador 2017). (Photo by Joe Mazza)
Word Up Community Bookshop
New York, NY
Veronica Santiago Liu is the founder and general coordinator of the collective that operates Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, a nonprofit bookstore and community space in Washington Heights, New York City. Prior to that she was managing editor then senior editor for more than a decade at Seven Stories Press, where she currently contributes as editor at large. She is an inaugural member of ABA’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and serves on the board of the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association.
Michelle Malonzo (pronouns: she/her) is a buyer at Changing Hands Bookstore, which has two locations in Arizona. Michelle's advocacy includes: fighting for equity and inclusion in all aspects of bookselling (hiring, merchandising, buying, etc.) and publishing, working with bookseller associations to create more opportunities for BIPOC booksellers and make sure the issues BIPOC booksellers and communities face are not sidelined; and she continues to fight for more diverse stories in publishing, particularly Black and Indigenous Latinx writers. She is on the board of directors of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA), is a member of the American Booksellers Association Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and was a 2019 Kirkus Prize Judge for Fiction. Before joining Changing Hands, she worked for nearly 10 years at Penguin Random House, starting out as a publicity assistant at G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Riverhead Books and finally as a manager of author tours and account marketing in Penguin’s field sales department. She lives in Phoenix with her family and many fur-babies.
Angela Maria Spring
Duende District Bookstore
Angela Maria Spring is the owner of Duende District, a mobile boutique bookstore for and by people of color, where all are welcome. She is a board member of the American Booksellers Association and co-founder of the Duende-Word BIPOC Bookseller Awards. She holds an M.F.A. in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and you can find her book reviews and essays in Catapult, LitHub, and Tor.com.