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Biblio Staff

Brendan J Sherar

CEO / Quixotist

Biblio's founder, Brendan has a life-long passion and appreciation for books. A former bookstore owner, he has been involved in the transformation of the book industry from the earliest days of the internet to the present. Brendan has a B.A. in economics from University of North Carolina at Asheville and is currently a graduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology. In his spare time, he might be found running along a WNC roadside, taking a beating on the soccer field, turning compost for his modest garden, or advocating for the Oxford comma.

Brendan's current reading list includes The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, A World of Three Zeroes: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment and Zero Net Carbon Emissions by Muhammad Yunus and Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity by Joseph E. Stiglitz.

His "shadow" title, Quixotist, comes from Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote, and reflects his conviction that the pursuit of the ideal is worthwhile, whatever its seemingly pragmatic value in the present.

Allen Singleton

COO / Minister of Finance

Allen is an ex-academic with abiding interests in the world of books, computers and Daoism. He has a PhD in comparative philosophy of religions from the University of Chicago. He left academics fifteen years ago and decided to pursue a career in IT. He has extensive experience both as an IT administrator and as a manager. At Biblio, he has found the ideal opportunity to marry his interests and help nurture a dynamic and rapidly growing business.

Allen and his wife, Cassie, have three wonderful daughters. Allen enjoys playing guitar and likes to keep his hand in his field of study by reading odd bits of Daoist texts. Favorite books and authors: Don Quixote, Neal Stephenson, and Chuang Tzu (Zhuang Zi).

Michael Tracey

CTO / Recondite Gumshoe

Michael grew up fascinated by science fiction, and so it was no wonder he found himself drawn to technology as a means to shape the future. His first baby was a Commodore 64, and from there he just kept riding Moore's law forward. He has worked in many different capacities in the tech world, from software programming to Systems Admin, and is rarely happier than when exploring some new gadget or system.

When not programming, Michael enjoys photography, RPGs, and hanging out with his family. He still loves science fiction, with current recommended authors including Neal Stephenson, John Scalzi, and Kim Stanley Robinson.

Amber Shehan

Marketing Coordinator / Book Pixie

Amber Shehan comes to Biblio with a long work history of customer service and a lifelong love of books.

Amber enjoys delving into languages, folklore and cultural studies - in particular, the history and mythology of ancient Ireland. Wallowing in poetry has always been one of her great passions (Neruda, Rumi, Whitman) and her favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Alice Walker, and Barbara Kingsolver.

Frieda Carson

Bookseller Support Representative

Frieda lives in Western North Carolina and has worked at Biblio for over a decade. She likes to travel and tries to understand physics.

Frieda's current reading interests include The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker, Nine Stories by J.D Salinger, and I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

Ashleigh Redmond

Customer Service Representative

Ashleigh grew up with a love of books and was deeply impacted by the works of Madeline L’Engle and Kurt Vonnegut. She got her BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and then her LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Essex University in the UK.

Ashleigh enjoys writing and exercising, and she spends way too much time on Twitter. She is completely obsessed with her dog, but her dog is awesome, so that makes sense.

Amy Manikowski

Customer Service Representative

Amy Manikowski has always worked with books. In high school she worked at her local library, and in college majored in English, then received an MFA in writing. She managed University Bookstores in various cities before joining Biblio. She also writes for various local publications, and has a non-fiction book about the history of Asheville: Historic Inns of Asheville, published by Arcadia.

She can't stop finding new books to read and changing her favorites, but on her nightstand right now are The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan, Bearing the Cross by David J, Garrow, and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle.

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