Category: Member Profile

biography and autobiographies of IOBA members

Shirley Dyess of The Dust Jacket, Irving,TX

When I was six years old my mother took me to the library and I got my first library card. I felt like I had just been given the key to a wonderful treasure chest. I still feel that way.…

A Moving Experience: Abracadabra Bookshop

Before getting into the book business, I taught Colorado & Western American History at a local college. I couldn’t help noticing that every time there was a budget crunch, they laid off faculty members (never administrators!). This did not give…

An Interview with Vic Zoschak of Tavistock Books

  -Tell us a little about yourself. Bookselling is my second career. As a ’74 graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy, I spent the first 23 years of my professional life as a “Coastie.” In the mid-80s, I discovered…

John Hardy of Hardy Books, Nevada City, California

I’m John Hardy of Hardy Books, Nevada City, California. We’re in our 10th year of business. Hardy Books specializes in “All Things Californian” (California history, fine Press, authors, poets, photographers, artists, food and drink, flora, fauna, movies, books to film,…

Marc Monsarrat of Bookmarc Books, Malahat, British Columbia

My parents were both authors and editors, so I believe I came upon my love of words and illustrations honestly. Before my semi-retirement I had spent 30 years in the printing industry in Canada, so I believe I came upon…

Caite Stevens of Vivarte Books

It all began with eBay in 1999. At the time, I was a single girl working full-time as a sales assistant for a national brokerage firm. Id been earning extra money by cutting my teeth on eBay, selling all the…

Tami W. Zawistowski of Resource Books, LLC

I’m Tami Zawistowski of Resource Books, LLC, based in East Granby, Connecticut, USA. Resource Books offers its books almost exclusively online, with our current stock numbering about 7500 books dating from 1582 to 2006, with most from between the 1850s…

Lessons Learned – Life in the Book Business

Like most people in the used and rare book business today, I was not trained for this career. I did not have access to the generations of knowledge and experience enjoyed by the children and grandchildren of the founders of…

The History of Abracadabra Bookshop

I went into the book business after having taught at a local college for a number of years and having seen that the future looked bleak. Faculty were being cut and I knew there was no possibility of another job…