ABA Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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The American Booksellers Association is grateful to the booksellers who serve on the ABA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) in support of ABA’s commitment to anti-white supremacy, antiracism, representation, equity, and dignity for all Peoples. The DEIC serves as a critical sounding board and advisory council for ABA’s work, providing feedback, reviewing ABA programs and initiatives, identifying and responding to threats and opportunities, and bringing concerns of booksellers and bookstore owners to ABA. 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 the DEIC and ABA’s attention anonymously.

Booksellers can learn more about ABA’s efforts by visiting our Diversity & Inclusion page and our Code of Conduct.


American Booksellers Association Staff Committee Members

Allison K. Hill, CEO, allisonhill@bookweb.org; PK Sindwani, CFO, pk@bookweb.org; María Rodriguez, Meetings & Planning Coordinator maria@bookweb.org
 

Bookseller Committee Members

 

Luis Correa

Luis Correa

Avid Bookshop, Athens, Georgia
luis@avidbookshop.com

Luis Correa is full-time operations manager and bookseller for Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia.... He is also a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Influencer.

 

Paula Farmer

Paula Farmer

Book Passage, San Francisco, California
paula.farmer@bookpassage.com

In addition to being a buyer and an event host and moderator for Book Passage in the... San Francisco Bay Area, Paula Farmer chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee for the California Independent Booksellers Alliance (CALIBA). In recent years, she has been curating special panel events for Book Passage that focus on timely social and political issues, such as “Race in America” and “Immigration in America.” Prior to her work in the bookselling industry and moving to the Bay Area, Paula came from a background in print/broadcast journalism in New York and her hometown of Detroit. She continues to write feature articles as well as film/book reviews for various print outlets.

 

Lee Francis

Dr. Lee Francis

Red Planet Books and Comics
Albuquerque, New Mexico
redplanet@redplanetbnc.com

Dr. Lee Francis 4 (Pueblo of Laguna) is the Head Indigenerd and CEO of Native Realities,... the only Native and Indigenous pop culture company in the United States with the hope to change the perceptions of Native and Indigenous people through dynamic and imaginative pop culture representations. He has been published in multiple publications ranging from poetry to short stories. His first comic book, Sixkiller, debuted June 2018, and Ghost River was published in 2019; both have been lauded throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a strong advocate for Native youth, with a focus on community literacy and entrepreneurship. He lives in Albuquerque with his family.

 

 

Morgan Haywood-Joy

Morgan Haywood-Joy

Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, New York
morgan@greenlightbookstore.com

After earning my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing and Human Rights from Hunter College,... I entered the service industry by means of meeting an end. Never did I imagine that working in managerial positions would have propelled me into roles that allowed me to serve both my coworkers and the communities I worked in. With my degree under my belt and wanting to make work practices comfortable and inclusive for all who felt silenced, I initiated the cultivation of a Diversity and Inclusion Team that looked at policy and regulations that directly affected those who had to adhere. In doing so, it fueled a larger passion I felt needed to be nurtured, but was also seemingly lacking in most industries: representation. As a proud Brooklyn native, growing up with the rhythms of the Labor Day parade every September and the promise of kids using fire hydrants as makeshift sprinklers in the summer, I realized those were stories that were missing in my school and neighborhood libraries. Instead, I was greeted with stories of Black pain and trauma opposed to that of greatness and victories— frankly, my literary heroes didn’t look like me or anyone at the parade or playing at the hydrant. However, all hope is not lost. As a member of this committee, it is a privilege to ensure that these stories will continue to be told and create an inclusive space for everyone’s voices to be heard all while continuing to promote diverse works of literature and celebrating our inherent differences, so we can positively change the industry.

 

Rosa Hernandez

Rosa Hernandez

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, Washington
rhernandez@thirdplacebooks.com

Rosa Hernandez is the social media manager at Third Place Books in Washington. She first fell in love... with bookselling at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey, where she spent almost three years learning everything she could about bookselling. She currently serves on the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association awards committee and enjoys visiting other indie bookstores and chatting with booksellers. She hopes to one day open up her own bookstore and community center that will serve as a safe place for undocumented families and individuals.

 

Derek Holland

Derek Holland

Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, Colorado
derek.holland@tatteredcover.com

I live in Denver, Colorado, where I was born. It is the city that my parents settled in after leaving their small town in South Carolina....I studied engineering at Caltech and returned to Denver and began working at the Tattered Cover Book Store, my favorite place, in the fall of 1989, until I decided what was next. Working at the bookstore was next. Over my 30 years at the store, I have worked at three locations as store manager and will soon do so again at our new location.

 

 

Sarah Hollenbeck

Sarah Hollenbeck

Women & Children First, Chicago, Illinois
sarah@womenandchildrenfirst.com

Sarah Hollenbeck is the co-owner of Women & Children First (W&CF) 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)

 

Audrey Huang

Audrey Huang

Belmont Books, Belmont, Massachusetts
aiweihuang@yahoo.com

Audrey Huang is a frontline bookseller at Belmont Books in Belmont, Massachusetts. She’s been with the store since it opened... in June 2017. She is also a lapsed lawyer, happily not practicing the law while discovering all the books. Audrey reads across almost all genres and age groups but primarily reads BIPOC authors with all the intersections. One of her favorite things to do in the store is to rip open the ARC envelopes to see what treasure lies inside.

 

Candice Huber

Candice Huber

Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
New Orleans, Louisiana
owner@tubbyandcoos.com

Candice Huber (they/them) is a sixth-generation New Orleanian who owns New Orleans’ only queer-owned and genre focused bookstore,... Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, named after their grandparents. They also established TALES Publishing in 2018, which has thus far published three books. Candice serves on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Task Force for the American Booksellers Association and is an avid genre fiction reader. They are also a writing, editing, publishing, and virtual event consultant. In the before-times, they hosted The Writers’ Forum on WRBH Reading Radio, focusing on interviewing science fiction and fantasy authors. They identify as neurodiverse, nonbinary, pansexual, disabled, and fat. Candice is really excited to serve!

 

 

Melanie Knight

Melanie Knight

Books Inc., Berkeley, California
mknight@booksinc.net

Melanie Knight is the children’s frontlist buyer for 10 Books Inc. locations around the northern California area. She has been working... in the book industry since 2009, and has worked in everything from event coordination to managing her own store in her time at Books Inc. In addition to serving on ABA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, she was elected to the ABA Board of Directors in September 2020. Melanie also currently serves as a member of the board for CALIBA, where she has helped with the education and planning of trade shows, and has served as a panelist at ABA’s Winter Institute.

 

Amanda Kranias

Amanda Kranias

Blue Manatee Literacy Project, Cincinnati, Ohio
amanda@bluemanatee.org

Amanda Kranias is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Blue Manatee Literacy Project and Bookstore (BMLP) in Cincinnati, Ohio.... BMLP is a nonprofit organization focused on combating the growing literacy problem throughout the Cincinnati area. With a unique 1:1 program, the Blue Manatee bookstore now donates a book to an under-resourced young reader every time a book is purchased through the store. Amanda is also one of the founding team members for the Queen City Book Bank (QCBB), which will launch Spring 2021 in Cincinnati. QCBB will distribute 300,000 books annually to 35,000 K-6 grade Greater Cincinnati MSA students. Before starting BMLP, Amanda worked as a Strategy and Operations consultant for startups and nonprofits, locally and nationally. As a social entrepreneur, she mentors social impact startup founders and serves on the Advisory Board of Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub.

 

Michelle Malonzo

Michelle Malonzo

Changing Hands, Tempe, Arizona
michelle@changinghands.com

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) 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.

 

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