Our Team

 

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Nicole Sullivan

Founder

Nicole Sullivan's love of all things books and reading led her to open BookBar in Spring 2013. After studying Culinary Arts at the Colorado Art Institute, she knew books, food, and wine would make a great combination. She is the founder and president of BookGive, BookBar's non-profit organization, and BookBar Press, launched in 2020. Also that year, she re-launched readclubhub.com, a website that matches readers to book clubs and book clubs to indie bookstores. Nicole also owns and operates BookBed, the author apartment above her store, which currently hosts a Writers-In-Residence program. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and lives just a short cruiser bike ride from her store with her husband Ryan, 15-year-old son Jack, 13-year-old daughter Stella, and way too many (but also not enough) pets. She loves big ideas and small spaces. 

 

Sarah Dealy

Book Bartender

Sarah Dealy lives with her tiny dog, Ira Glass. She's been a bookseller for four years and has experienced many literary thrills, such as the time David Sedaris swabbed the inside of her cheek for DNA or the time she cleaned Momo's (of the book Find Momo) pee off a wall. Her favorite season is Halloween. In her spare time, she makes podcasts about sadness. In her BookBar time, you can catch her recording conversations with her giant recorder for the BookBar podcast or giving out literary fortune readings (aka book recommendations).

 

Ally Ducey

Book Manager

Ally has lived in Mahtomedi, Parker, San Antonio, Melbourne, Boulder, and now Littleton. She studied Physics and Fine Art at school and, after graduating, spent a year performing a show a week with her masochistic group of college theater friends. She spends her time reading books, listening to books, selling books, slowly (unintentionally) killing houseplants, and occasionally making art and playing video games. She would really love to make art for books one day.

 

Jessica Caouette

Bar Manager

Jessica grew up in Denver but after graduating from East High School, took off with no intention of returning. First to Brazil for an exchange program to Western Massachusetts for Smith College to Scotland for a year abroad and then Ecuador for a stint teaching English. Jessica has a strong passion for travel. Returning to Denver in 2011, she started the Denver Bicycle Cafe with an old friend and ran it for 8 years until November 2019. Jessica loves working on Tennyson and has a voracious appetite for books. Ask her to recommend a book and you may find yourself with a graphic novel. Ask her to recommend a beer and she’ll talk for hours about the Colorado craft scene, but you’ll enjoy the beer! Jessica is mostly settled in Denver these days with a big garden, her partner, Darren, Bruce the cat, and Corky the dog. (Though you can bet that she’s planning her next international trip!)

 

Conner Horak

Assistant Book Manager

Conner Horak was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, and graduated from Butler University with a BFA in dance performance. He danced with Wonderbound in Denver, with James Sewell Ballet in Minneapolis, and Boulder Ballet in Boulder and was reading the entire time. He’ll tell you that John Boyne is his favorite author but it’s actually Stephen King. One time David Mitchell sent him an email and that was the best thing ever. He loves to watch scary movies, read books, and drink wine. He and his fiance Evan are proud parents of a new puppy. (photo by Amanda Tipton. Wonderbound 2017)

 

Mara Kal

Marketing Coordinator

Mara hails from Toledo, Ohio (which is like, technically Michigan), attended undergrad at the University of Dayton, where she majored in English and Psychology and ended up in Colorado through the Denver Publishing Institute.  Loves all things queer, ghostly, and Harry Potter-related (excluding JK Rowling, who is a TERF). The only things she truly cares about are books and booze so BookBar was essentially her only career option.

 

Bess Maher

Event Coordinator

Bess came from a family of readers but always loved telling and writing stories as much as reading them. She also loves watching people and imagining fantastic backstories for them. Her father’s job taking them from Maadi, Egypt to New Port Richey, Florida, and quite a few cities in between, she caught the travel bug early and spent time in Rennes and Paris, France as an adult. She loves speaking French and watching French movies. Quiche remains one of the few dishes she cooks well. She lives in Denver with her family.

 

Marilyn Robbins

Children's Program Coordinator

Marilyn first became a reader by scouring the back of cereal boxes each morning. She fell in love with reading after spending countless hours with Ramona the Pest and her neighborhood friends. But, her greatest love is teaching children how to read and write. After retiring from 32 years of teaching, Marilyn finds herself back on Tennyson close to where her grandparents and great-grandparents had homes.

 

Kevin Peterson

Inventory Manager

Originally from Evanston, Illinois, Kevin has worked just about every job from a multi-year stint at Casa Bonita to appearing in a beloved or hated (depending on who you ask and what age you were when you originally saw) Christmas film. In addition to BookBar, Kevin is the program director of Denver Writes, a non-profit dedicated to creating writing spaces within Denver communities for children. An illustrator and playwright, his art appeared on the dearly departed ABC Family drama, Chasing Life, and his written work performed on stages in Colorado and New Mexico.

 

Becky Lejeune

Office Manager, Assistant Book Buyer

Becky LeJeune is the office manager and local author coordinator, working behind the scenes to organize the consignment program. When she’s not at BookBar, Becky is an associate literary agent and blogger. Which means she reads A LOT. You won’t see her in the store often but when you do, she’s likely browsing for more books to buy for her massive TBR or a cookbook for our next CookBook Book Club pick.

 

Karyn Light

BookBartender

Karyn is originally from St. Louis, MO, but has also lived in Tucson, AZ, and Lyon, France. She studied English Linguistics in undergrad and grad school but is now getting a master’s degree in Biology. Why not? She loves to do art with dead things (especially bugs) and make costumes. When it comes to reading, she likes non-fiction or fantasy where she can be jealous of the main character who can do any combination of performing magic, seeing the future, and talking to animals. In her spare time, she plays video games, drinks beer, and goes for long walks.

 

Maria Mims

BookBartender 

Maria moved to Denver from Cleveland, OH Summer 2020 and is very happy to be here. Maria currently attends Regis University and is studying for a master's in Marriage and Family therapy. She loves books (Especially Fantasy), Cheesemen Park, beer, tattoos, south-facing windows, and plants. Maria is very family-oriented and the best auntie in the world. Maria is all about self-care and has some of the best tips that got her through 4 years of undergrad in BFE Ohio! She will talk books until her face falls off so if you come in and see her please ask for recommendations.

 

Maple Colburn

Assistant Bar Manager

The child of forbidden love, maple was raised in secrecy for her own safety. The long days and dark nights she spent locked in her tower were filled with books containing stories from the outside world. These books were her only friends outside of the creeping ivy that lined her stone walls. After almost two decades, one of these stone walls collapsed revealing a way out into the unknown. Maple wasted no time seizing the opportunity and joined the rest of the world. She now spends most of her time seeking vengeance on those who locked her away.                                                                                                                                           

 

 

 

Kerin May 

BookBartender

After a total of 13 moves, Kerin is taking root in Denver. She holds two degrees in Social Work and is currently working towards her graduate degree in Public Affairs and Non-Profit Management. She is a history and true crime nerd, a dog mom, and a godmother. She grew up reading the Hardy Boys, Boxcar Children and wishing she was Nancy Drew. Currently, she loves reading a miss of historical fiction, thrillers, and fantasy novels. Her favorite books and authors change every week but she's always happy to talk about a good book.

 

Candela Coudray

Assistant Children's Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Spain with a French Dad, Candela has adored literature of all kinds and languages since a very young age. When she moved to the US almost 13 years ago, she realized that if all cultures have one thing in common, it's books. She brings her linguistic gifts to BookBar, facilitating French, Spanish, and English storytimes. New to Denver, she is excited to be part of such a loving, fun, and exciting community of local culture. 

 

Moira Brownwolfe

Bookbartender

Moira was born in the American midwest in Bellona, home of the orchid. She spent an extended period of time traveling Europe where she quickly became tired of the tourist culture before a young man changed her outlook by recommending she take a room with a view. She likes to spend her free time on the island of Roke, lounging in the wizarding school's library. She enjoys cats and LGBTQIA+ fiction. 

 

Amanda Myers

Bookbartender

Amanda is from Littleton, CO, and is studying English and Art History at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has lived in the Berkeley neighborhood for five years and enjoys all things coffee and book-related. Amanda loves to hike and paddleboard in the summer and in the winter she can be found in a blanket burrito with her two kitties and partner, Paul. Amanda caught the travel bug when visiting London and Paris and would love to explore Edinburgh next. You can typically find her devouring fiction or watching a ghost hunting show. 

 

Heather Garbo

Publishing Director: BookBar Press

Heather has worked in communications for two decades spanning the worlds of publishing, marketing, and community development. Her work has largely focused on her twin passions of community-building and supporting small indie businesses. In recent years Heather launched Denver Dweller, a hyper-local website created to encourage the patronizing of Denver’s local businesses. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and lives in northwest Denver with her family.

 

Melissa Monforti

Executive Director: BookGive

Melissa starts most mornings with a hike and ends them with a book. In between, she manages a household of various wild humans and one affectionate dog. Melissa has simultaneously built three small businesses. She has also served in various capacities from volunteer management to development to program direction. She holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University as a Colorado Trust Fellow. Her philosophy of nonprofit management is grounded in building and nourishing relationships. People support organizations that not only connect to their values but that make them feel connected to the larger community. Melissa’s leadership style is a balance of heart and mind, mixed in with a lot of rolling up of sleeves and a good dose of plain fun.