Category: Member Profile

biography and autobiographies of IOBA members

Victor Goldring, Goldring Books, Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK

I am Victor Goldring and trade under the simple name of Goldring Books. Based in Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom. It is operated out of our home and we sell on the internet only, with our website www.goldringbooks.com being established…

Bob Schilling of Schillingslist, Gresham, Oregon

I’m Bob Schilling, a 46 year old bibliophile living in Gresham, Oregon; a native of the Northwest, born and raised in Seattle, WA; and a resident of Oregon since 1999. My wife of 22 years, Arlyee (pronounced like “Charlie” without…

Joe Orlando of Fenwick Street Used Books and Music

One chapter ends and another begins… While I am sure there are quite a few professors who left academe to open bookstores, I am not sure how many have spent their careers shouting, “5, 6, 7, 8…!!” For, you see,…

Brian Cassidy, Bookseller, Monterey, CA

“Life is what happens to you / While you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”For me, life was not what happened to me while busy making other plans. Bookselling was.  My first bookstore job was at Iowa City’s…

Nancy Johnson, Bookseller, Denver, CO

“I sell books about antiques.” “You sell antique books? I have an old school book that was my grandmother’s.” “No, I sell books ABOUT antiques, not necessarily antique books.” And so a typical conversation with a stranger ends—the same conversation…

Craig Horle and Laurie Wolfe of Classic Books and Ephemera

We are Craig Horle and Laurie Wolfe of Classic Books and Ephemera, which we run out of our home in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. When we began the business in 2001 we did not anticipate the store-in-the-home phenomenon common to so many…

Paul Mills of Clarke’s Africana & Rare Books

Booksellers in America sometimes ask me how we run a successful antiquarian and secondhand book business in “darkest Africa.” I usually reply that the cleft-stick is a remarkably efficient way of distributing letters, and porters with boxes on their heads…

Cathy Graham and Serena Wyckoff of Copperfish Books, LLC

Hi, we are Cathy Graham and Serena Wyckoff, owners of Copperfish Books, LLC, in sunny southwest Florida. Before going full time in January 2006, we had “real” jobs and sold books online as a hobby. Well, as often happens in…

Bronwyn Smith of Dromanabooks, Australia

Hi, I am Bronwyn Smith of Dromanabooks, Australia. Dromanabooks is an online-only bookshop supplying non-fiction to clients in Australia, Europe, the USA and Asia. Visit my website at www.Dromanabooks.com.au where I have about 11,000 titles on offer. I don’t have any obvious…