Meet a Bookseller: Dana Gillespie

Happy Monday! We’re excited to introduce Dana Gillespie, a bookseller at East City Bookshop in Washington, DC.

How did you get into bookselling?

My friend opened a bookshop just as I was retiring–perfect timing!

What do you love most about being a bookseller?

Talking about books, learning about books, meeting authors and publisher reps, connecting readers with books I love.

What do you love most about your bookstore?

Our shop is truly a community gathering place and a go-to spot for gifts and great reads. Most of the staff live in the neighborhood so we know many of our customers in our lives outside the shop. I also love that we are a dog-friendly shop–all dogs who visit our shop are photographed and we have their photos displayed in our community room. We have close to 300 photos of East City Dogs!

What are you listening to right now?

Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton, narrated by Therese Plummer

What audiobooks would you recommend or are among your favorites?

Rabbit by Patricia Williams, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, Sadie by Courtney Summers, The Editor by Steven Rowley, The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz, and Circe by Madeline Miller.

Where / When do you listen to audiobooks?

I listen in the car and while walking my dog; sometimes while working around the house.

What is your favorite thing about audiobooks through

It allows me to double up on my reading–I usually have one audio and one hand-held book going at a time. I love that Libro provides ALCs to booksellers.

What do you do when you’re not selling books?

I love to walk and exercise, knit, watch movies, and be with friends. I am also an independent special education consultant and advocate.

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